Reading

How to Teach Theme

Are your students having trouble identifying theme within a story? This step-by-step process scaffolds through several reading comprehension skills to help students get a thorough understanding of theme. Students will be able to determine the theme of a story, poem, or drama from details in the text by first learning basic knowledge of story elements, summarizing, main idea, topic, and lesson! Read on to see how to introduce them effectively for teaching theme!     To help students understand theme,…

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Crafts, Social Studies

Arctic Region Igloo Craft

Do your social studies standards include studying the indigenous peoples of the Arctic region? A fun way to celebrate their fascinating culture is to do an igloo craft. This post will take you step-by-step through a simple process in making marshmallow igloos. Enjoy!   Materials Needed:   1 plate 1 popsicle stick tape scissors 1 disposable plastic or styrofoam bowl 1 disposable plastic or styrofoam cup 1 bag of miniature marshmallows 1 can of white frosting (not whipped) foil (optional)…

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Poetry

Step-by-Step to Effective Poetry Analysis

Are you looking for ways to help students analyze poetry effectively? This post will share step-by-step ideas to help your students with poetry analysis. When you are finished, they will be analyzing poetry like rock stars! 1. Choose a Poem Have students read and choose meaningful poetry.  Classic poets like Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost are always excellent choices!  This link will take you to Classic Poetry:   http://www.emule.com/poetry/ 2. Read the Poem Read the poem at least three times. Have students read…

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Character Education

Teaching the Character Trait Honesty

Honesty is one of the most important character traits that children should learn and be able to grasp at an early age. Although any time is a good time to teach honesty, Presidents’ Day is a perfect opportunity since Abe Lincoln is best known for being an honest man. Abe lived his life by practicing honesty, integrity, and fairness in his career and personal relationships, which is why he is the ideal symbol for teaching this valuable lesson. This post…

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Writing

A Series of Step-By-Step Writing Mini Lessons

This post outlines the table of contents for the 30+ writing mini lessons series for interactive notebooks, which has proven to be the best approach to how to teach effective writing. It will provide you with creative ideas to teach students sentence structure, paragraph writing, and the writing process for narrative writing in a step-by-step order that scaffolds and builds upon each other. These ideas are ideal for any writing curriculum and writer’s workshop.       1. Writing Mini Lesson…

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Character Education, Monthly/Seasonal

TEACHING THE CHARACTER TRAIT PERSEVERE

Although any time is a good time to teach children how to persevere, I think of this character trait at the beginning of The New Year. Character education can be taught alongside New Year’s resolutions so children can form a deeper meaning of their goals. This post will delve into the definition of PERSEVERANCE, setting goals and what teachers and parents can do to encourage successful goals.   The definition for PERSEVERE is to continue in a course of action…

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Reading, STEM Education, Writing

Why Language Arts is the Art of Communication

Language arts is one of the most critical components in any youngster’s educational training. It encompasses the various ways that people communicate including speaking, writing, and reading. Although having many different facets, language arts is a holistic way of being able to effectively listen, communicate, and comprehend messages, which people send and receive.   The goal of any language arts program is to help children to adapt to their surroundings and to understand how to express themselves productively. It is…

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DIY Tips

How to Make Poster-Size Anchor Charts from a PDF

Are you lacking the creative skills to draw your own anchor charts? Don’t stress over having a perfectly drawn, colorful anchor chart. This post will show you how to take a PDF anchor chart and make it poster size! It is easy and just as effective!     STEPS TO MAKING A POSTER-SIZE ANCHOR CHART 1. Make sure you are using Adober Reader 10 or above. 2. Choose file > Print. 3. In the Print Pop-up, select Tile All Pages.…

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Character Education, Monthly/Seasonal

17 Ways Kids Can Be Thankful

The holiday season is a time people reflect on gratitude and giving. November especially is the month that many teachers introduce the character trait of thankfulness for their character education curriculum. Do you need ideas to help your students brainstorm ways to be thankful? You are in the right place! This post provides 17 ways to be thankful.     Sometimes children don’t realize that they can be grateful for the simple things in life. Being thankful for concrete items…

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Reading, STEM Education, Writing

Why Language Arts is Integral to STEM

Every generation has its own idea about how to educate children and prepare them for the future. The newest trend in educational theory is something called STEM. STEM is a response to the changing needs of the workforce regarding technology. An entire reorganization of the way that children are instructed, it integrates learning with real-life scenarios, hands-on engagement, and emphasis on giving children the skills they needs to compete on a global workforce stage.     STEM stands for science,…

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