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Grades K-3

Teaching Coin Values

Teaching Coin Values

Are your students having a hard time learning coin values? This tip makes teaching coin values a breeze!


Astute Hoot Steals the Show

Astute Hoot Steals the Show

In between producing amazing products that help both struggling and non-struggling readers and young mathematicians, Jennifer Zoglman, Jessica Murphy, and Tina Rataj-Berard of Astute Hoot have also started to spread the word about their full line of products with the Arizona community where they’re based.  On a recent episode of Arizona Midday, Zoglman and Murphy
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Reading: Use Pumpkins to Identify Characters’ Feelings

Reading: Use Pumpkins to Identify Characters’ Feelings

  Character development and understanding a character’s feelings can be challenging topics of discussion for any student. Barb, a Title One Teacher in Texas, shared with us how she helps her students grasp these concepts.  It all begins with a pumpkin and some magic markers.


Fire Safety and Prevention Lessons and Ideas

Fire Safety and Prevention Lessons and Ideas

  October 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week and, in many states, fire safety is a mandated part of the school curriculum.  Finding new and exciting ways to teach fire safety to your students can be challenging, especially if you teach older elementary grades.  We have gathered some great resources and links for you to
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How to Teach Parts of Speech

How to Teach Parts of Speech

Understanding the parts of speech is vital for students as they move toward more complex writing skills.  Thankfully, teaching them about the different parts of speech can be a lot of fun.  Through interactive and engaging lessons, your students will quickly pick up on the parts of speech.  Try the ideas below to get started!


From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence

From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence

Guest post by Jessica from Astute Hoot. Using picture clues or detecting, is a key strategy for beginning readers. Pictorial clues can serve as a bridge to decoding strategies such as sounding out and blending and also compensate for weak decoding skills in struggling readers. Pictures can also increase comprehension by providing elaboration for a
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How to Foster Fluency in Young Readers

How to Foster Fluency in Young Readers

Reading fluency is the ability to read a text quickly, accurately, and with comprehension.  While it may sounds easy enough, developing fluency skills is not always easy.  Students often struggle with it and really good teachers know that it takes more than just a quick lesson to foster.  This clever idea from Deborah, a 2nd
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Informational Text is a Hoot!

Informational Text is a Hoot!

Get your students to hoot and holler over informational text with a shared research unit. In my classroom, I created Owls Are A Hoot: An Informational Text Unit to engage students in rigorous, complex text. Before the unit, I gathered a variety of leveled informational text sources, purchased owl pellets, and created cute owl folders
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How to Make A Flat Stanley Summer Project

How to Make A Flat Stanley Summer Project

Imagine a child mailing himself to relatives to get away for the summer.  Oh the adventures he would have and mischief he might cause!  If you have ever read the 1964 children’s book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, you know that in the story a little boy does just that.   For years, children and
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Creating Reflective Learners

Creating Reflective Learners

by Jessica, Astute Hoot Students are more successful when they monitor and reflect upon their thinking and learning. Cultivate a classroom of self-reflective learners using these strategies: