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Making Science Fun: How to Make a Prism

Making Science Fun:  How to Make a Prism

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are hot topics and areas of focus in the education community.  No matter what grade you teach, expect there to be a strong emphasis on these subjects throughout the school year.  In the midst of pursuing these high academic goals, it is important to remember that learning should be
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How to Set Reading Goals with Students

How to Set Reading Goals with Students

  No matter how much you want to believe that your students will read over break – whether it be winter break, Spring break, or during the summer months, the hard truth is that most children do not.  In fact, according to the National Education Association: Only 53 percent of children ages three to five
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7 Ways to Practice Sight Words

7 Ways to Practice Sight Words

Sure the Dolch sight words are an impressive list, but with a little bit of practice your students can master them in no time.  If you are searching for some ways to get some hands on practice, check out these seven really good ways to help your children learn.  Whether you are a preschool teacher,
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10 Must-Read Children’s Books for the 2014-2015 School Year

10 Must-Read Children’s Books for the 2014-2015 School Year

Engaging children’s literature can be the gateway to a lifelong love of reading for your students. Explore some wonderful new and old favorites this school year and make reading come alive. Here are 10 suggestions to get you started!


Math Eggs – A Classroom Craft Activity

Math Eggs – A Classroom Craft Activity

Infusing seasonal items into the classroom is an easy way to relate learning to everyday life.  With Easter on the horizon, plastic eggs are everywhere.  With a Sharpie marker in hand, you can quickly and easily turn them into fun math manipulatives for centers.  This is one center that can be completed in about 15
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Pi Day: Pi City Math Activity

Pi Day:  Pi City Math Activity

Pi Day is March 14th and it is the perfect day for celebrating all things math related.  This year, break out of the everyday routine and have students create Pi Cities using Pi as the foundation of the city drawings.


Social Studies: The Lost Subject?

Social Studies: The Lost Subject?

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist In the early years of education, the focus is on reading, writing, and math. Much of the school day is spent teaching the art of reading. Students also learn to write stories and practice handwriting. The foundations of math skills is introduced and practiced. With the curriculum and high-stakes assessment
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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?  


TeachChat Archive: Does Daily 5 Work for All Grade Levels? – October 30, 2013

TeachChat Archive:  Does Daily 5 Work for All Grade Levels? – October 30, 2013

The Daily 5 structure is being used in many elementary classrooms throughout the country.  Despite much success by some, others struggle to implement it in their classrooms.  The question naturally becomes, “Is the Daily 5 structure appropriate for all grade levels?”  The teachers in #TeachChat discussed their trials and successes during the October 30th chat.
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Classroom Craft: Multiplication Houses for Math Centers

Classroom Craft:  Multiplication Houses for Math Centers

Multiplication.  For some students it is one of the most difficult things to master.  While some teachers rely heavily on drills and others promote other methods of learning the facts, there is something to be said for activities that connect the learning of facts with hands-on activities.  Multiplication houses are one way to incorporate that
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