Projects, Social Studies

Native American Crafts, Activities and Games for Kids

If you are looking for Native American crafts, activities, and games for children, you hit the jackpot! Being that Native Americans have such an amazing culture, it is one of my favorite units to teach.  I’ve collected ideas I found not only useful, but engaging for kids of all ages. I hope you find something exciting to use with your child or class during a Native American study.  Scroll down for all my favorite Native American tunes, games, activities, crafts…

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Reading

7 Ways to Teach Cause and Effect

Are you looking for ways to teach cause and effect? I love to think outside the box and find ways to teach reading skills in a variety of ways to meet the needs of all learners. I hope you find some ways that are helpful to your students!     Offer an anchor chart. Both fiction and nonfiction material contain cause and effect relationships.   In Fiction: They are often found in characters.   For example: Maddie didn’t want to go…

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Writing

How to Get Your Students Writing!

Do you want your students writing more? These three ways will get your students writing! 1. Morning Work Place a daily prompt on your white board using a projector or smart board. Students should use writing journals to write to the prompt. Supply engaging prompts with a variety of types of writing. This PAPERLESS strategy will free up your time to do administrative duties required when students first arrive in the classroom. For an effective way to begin the day…

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Classroom Management, Organization

Classroom Must Haves: Things I Can’t “Picture” Myself Teaching Without

When it comes to organizing and planning a classroom, every teacher has a few items they couldn’t possibly ever go without! It might be that favorite stapler, the perfect book, or an amazing resource! I know, I know. I just posted about Supplies I Can’t Live Without but I wanted to join my peeps from Upper Elementary Snapshots where we will all share our classroom Must Haves supply, book, and resource. There are so many things I can’t “Picture” myself…

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Classroom Management, Organization

Classroom Supplies I Couldn’t Live Without

These supplies have saved my day over and over again in my classroom.   Although I’m not in the classroom anymore, I still find myself in the supply section of Target and searching on Amazon. I don’t think it is ever anything I will shake off! How can you resist colorful pens?  I’m sure I can find a way to use them outside the classroom. Take a peek at some of my favorite classroom supplies! ***Click on each picture below…

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Critical Thinking, Organization

How to Organize Your Classroom Library

Are you looking for a classroom library system that works?  It can be so tough to keep everything organized in your classroom, especially the library area. To help give you some relief of this stressful task, I wanted to share what has worked for me in my classroom. The solution is simple and I hope you find it does as well!     1. Purchase labels Any 3/4 inch dot labels will work, but the ones below are my FAVORITE!…

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Monthly/Seasonal, Projects

Back to School- End of Year Time Capsules

If you came to this site, you either purchased the time capsule activity and are looking for directions, or want ideas for your own time capsules.  These are so much fun to do with students of all ages!  Enjoy!     This Time Capsule Activity is great to use at the beginning of the school year!  For homeschoolers with a different schedule, an idea could be to start in January for a full calendar year or from one birthday to…

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Reading, Social Studies

10 Ideas to Teach Deeper Meaning in the Content Areas

If you’re looking for some ideas on how to teach deeper meaning in content areas, then you’re in the right place! Most of the examples that are used below are from Social Studies sources, but they can be applied to other CONTENT AREAS as well.   1.  Charts and Webs: Charts and webs that provide a deeper-level thinking process are effective tools to use when teaching content areas.  Some examples:  Notice-Think-Wonder, K-W-L, Reasoning Web, Evidence Web.   2.  Creative Projects:…

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Social Studies

Civil War Timeline

Are you teaching the Civil War? This Civil War timeline is in chronological order that summarizes 33 events that will help you organize your lessons!   Events Leading Up to War   1828- Tariffs: The south refused to pay the taxes that were placed on imports. The north didn’t need as many imports. This was the first major split between north and south.   Mid 1800’s- Industry VS Farming: Farming was getting replaced by industries in the North. In the…

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Reading

How to Know Your Students Are Reading Each Night

How do you know if the students are actually reading each night?  For years, I simply had students record their minutes and hope they or their parents were being truthful. So what did I do to know for sure? Keep reading!     I decided that students should be accountable for their reading, so I assigned reading material with questions.  That worked for accountability, but what happened to student choice to keep them interested in reading?  That is when I…

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