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5 Really Good Reading Ideas for the Elementary Classroom

5 Really Good Reading Ideas for the Elementary Classroom

Sometimes all you need is that one new lesson idea to launch a whole host of creativity. When some of our Really Good Teachers share their best ideas, you know you are bound to find ones that will work for you. Check out the tips for nurturing a love of reading in your students from
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Guided Reading Strategies that Actually Work

Guided Reading Strategies that Actually Work

by Astute Hoot Guiding reading can be daunting, especially with the new instructional shifts and standards. Teachers are asking themselves such questions as: “What text do I use?” “What strategies do I teach?” “How do I keep all students engaged?” “How do I foster rich literary discussions?”


National Handwriting Day is January 23rd

National Handwriting Day is January 23rd

In 2013, 41% of teachers surveyed in an independent study by Really Good Stuff indicated that they no longer teach cursive handwriting in the classroom.  Increasing pressure to focus on tested subject areas, as well as the elimination of cursive handwriting from individual state requirements and Common Core State Standards assessments have made it a
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Teaching Comparatives and Superlatives

Teaching Comparatives and Superlatives

Guest post by Lori Wolfe Teaching Comparatives and Superlatives Teaching comparatives and superlatives can be fun and rewarding.  With instruction, students quickly learn how to express themselves with greater accuracy using grammatical forms.


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.