Halloween Manipulatives That Keep Students Engaged

We post affiliate links in our blog posts. When you purchase something through these affiliate links, you are supporting Chalkboard Calling at no cost to yourself. We'll never try to sell you anything that we wouldn't buy ourselves. Incorporating a little seasonal fun...

Fall Classroom Decor

It may be officially fall but with 90 degree temps it still feels like summer in Texas. Sometimes it is difficult for young children to understand the difference in seasons when their surroundings do not reflect change. A great way to help them discover the uniqueness...

Classroom Centers for $5 or Less: Cars on the Road

This center focuses on building words, segmenting and blending, and handwriting.   Materials: Road Tape - We found our tape in the Target Dollar Spot, but you can purchase similar tape from Amazon. Matchbox Cars Stickers Construction Paper Lamination Dry Erase...

How to Use Current Events in the Classroom

She clutched a wrinkled, dirty newspaper clipping as she stood in front of the class. Some looked at her as if she were crazy. As she began reading from the paper, whispers started in the back of the room as everyone began to tune out. Is that how you feel...

Safe Search Engines for Kids

iPads. Computers. Tablets. Smart phones. Game systems. Technology is everywhere. While having so much knowledge at our fingertips can be a great asset, it can also be a very unsafe place for our students. Luckily there are a few tools that make searching the internet...

Songs and Videos for Calendar Time

Songs and videos are a great way to get students engaged during calendar time. The songs may get stuck in your head... but that means they will also stick with your students!   Days of the Week ...

Easing First Week of School Student Anxiety

The first week of school can be tough for a lot kids, especially kindergartners and first graders. Be prepared for a few tears. It could be their first time to spend the day away from family or they may be nervous about entering a new grade level. Kids often worry...

Teaching Skip Counting

When you think about skip counting, you probably think about counting by 2’s, 5’s, or 10’s. While these are the first way students learn to skip count, as they progress, students should be able to skip count by any number. Skip counting helps develop number sense and...