Teaching About Thanksgiving

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Teaching About Veterans Day

Veterans Day is on November 11th every year, regardless of which day of the week it falls on. This holiday is a great opportunity to discuss all the branches of the military with your students, as well as the duties and sacrifices of our veterans Veterans Day History...

Remembering September 11th

    Patriot Day, commonly referred to as 9/11, is observed on September 11th in remembrance of those who were injured or died as a result of terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. None of us like to think about the horrific images we...

Teaching Blending

Blending is an essential skill young readers need to master. Just like any other basic phonics skill, blending helps students decode words when reading and writing. To begin blending, your students need a solid foundation in letter identification and...

Classroom Color Schemes to Enhance Learning

Imagine walking through a kaleidoscope. At first glance it may look cool but after a few minutes of visual overload you would start looking for the exit. Teachers spend a great deal of time, money, and energy to create inviting learning environments. However, many do...

Beginning of the Year Assessments

You’re planning for the beginning of the year. You’ve found the perfect first day of school book, fun get-to-know-you activities for the first week, planned those oh so necessary rules and procedures lessons, but now what? How do you know where to begin...

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...

Introducing Show and Tell

  Not many teachers today find time in their busy schedules for weekly show-and-tell, but it can be a great way to help get to know students and for students to begin to connect to one another at the beginning of the year. Whenever you are going to allow students to...

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...