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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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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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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Depending on the age of your students, the events of September 11th, 2001 may or may not be an appropriate lesson topic.  For younger students, there are more gentle approaches to discussing the events of that day.  The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein tells the true story of French aerialist Philippe Petit
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Teaching Estimation with The Chocolate Chip Cookie Project

Teaching Estimation with The Chocolate Chip Cookie Project

Food is a great motivator for any lesson, but when it comes to math food is king.  Gumdrops, jellybeans, goldfish crackers, and pretzel sticks are only the tip of the food items that make great math manipulatives.  The Chocolate Chip Cookie Project not only involves food, it teaches students about estimating, grouping by 10s, and
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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.