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Grades 7-9

68 Top Pick Books by Teachers

68 Top Pick Books by Teachers

We asked teachers across the country which book they would share with their students if they were only able to choose one.  With over 60 different books on the list, some of the suggestions may surprise you, but all of them are sure to engage young readers.  Did your favorite book make the list?  


11 Free Math Sites for Kids

11 Free Math Sites for Kids

Math centers are a lot more fun when games are involved.  Let your students explore the fun and educational math skills games on these 11 free websites.  They encourage practice with everything from sorting and counting to tessellations and fractions.  Be sure to print out the free downloadable at the end with all of the
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21 Read-Aloud Books for the Beginning of the School Year

21 Read-Aloud Books for the Beginning of the School Year

Finding the right read-alouds at the beginning of the school year can help alleviate student anxiety.  For lower elementary grades this is particularly important.  Stock your read-aloud basket with some of the great titles below to get you started.


15 Visual Prompts for Journal Writing

15 Visual Prompts for Journal Writing

Written prompts are a tried-and-true method for encouraging creative thinking before journaling.  While this approach may work well for some students, it may create barriers for others.  Imagine yourself as an ELL/ESL student or a child with dyslexia who comes into the classroom and is met by an immediate barrier – written words.  Before that
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Solution Sunday: Student-Generated Writing Prompts

Solution Sunday:  Student-Generated Writing Prompts

The Problem:  By the third week of school, not to mention the third month, writing prompts can get a bit dry.  Students are less excited about writing, less enthusiastic about sharing, and struggle to come up with something new.  After the tenth journal entry about the same beach vacation, it is time to come up
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#TeachChat Archive: Integrating Science into the Curriculum – March 20, 2013

#TeachChat Archive:  Integrating Science into the Curriculum – March 20, 2013

  What do Miss Frizzle, The Hungry Caterpillar, and gardening all have in common? They were all part of #TeachChat on March 20th! Our Really Good Teachers not only talk about making science fun, they do it. Find out some of their favorite tips and tricks for integrating science into the curriculum by reading the
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4 Ways to Make Science Fun

4 Ways to Make Science Fun

Science instruction, along with social studies, is being pushed to the back burner of educational priorities thanks to the Common Core State Standards and standardized tests. While teachers know that students love experimenting, hands-on learning, and discovering the science in the world around them, test makers have focused so much on math and reading that
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When Money is Golden

When Money is Golden

Idea by Rebecca, 4th-8th Grade Learning Disabilities Teacher, Norwood, OH I find that when exploring math operations, money is key because it provides a tangible, real world manipulative students can relate to.


260 Read Aloud Books for Kids and Teachers

260 Read Aloud Books for Kids and Teachers

Looking for a great read aloud for your class?  We asked our Facebook friends what they are currently reading and compiled a list of their answers for you.  The grade level the book is being read to, if mentioned in the original comment on Facebook, is included in parentheses after the author’s name.


Lesson Plan Resources: The Underground Railroad and Black History Month

Lesson Plan Resources:  The Underground Railroad and Black History Month

There are many different ways to look at the underground railroad and the importance it played in our country’s history.  Rooted in the shame of slavery, it is a shining example of how people can come together to help one another.  With Black History Month starting on February 1st, talking about the Underground Railroad with
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