I figured many of you are home with the kiddos this summer and of course you need to throw in some learning fun – right? Of course, it’s in our teacher blood! What’s on your refrigerator? I bet you have a set of magnetic letters on there! Are they holding up various works of art […]
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I know what you are thinking? Didn’t we just have a Halloween Party and now you want to talk about Winter Parties – we haven’t even started eating our Thanksgiving Turkey yet? Yep, I am ready to pull out the snowman and the candy canes! I wanted to give you some classroom party ideas that […]
I feel like I’ve tried it all when it comes to classroom jobs! At one point I had different individual jobs for each and every student that I had to remember to change everyday (exhausting!). With all the little, and big, things teachers have to do, classroom jobs should be at the very least of […]
Finding simple, but effective math games for elementary classrooms usually means pulling out all sorts of manipulatives, but a you will see from the guest post below, it doesn’t have to include a ton of resources. Sometimes simple really is better. Keep reading! High Energy Math If you step into my classroom, you’ll notice that […]
Educational technology has exploded in recent years and what was once a few fun apps, has turned into a huge marketplace of educational resource apps, websites, tools, and equipment. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is really beneficial to learning, or just another distraction. If you are looking for a fun (and simple) tech solution […]
I am in my second year of teaching with a Smart Board, and now I don’t know how to teach without it! But like many teachers, I spent my first six years of teaching without one. I also didn’t have student computers in my classroom, but maybe you do. If so, you can still take […]
Pocket chart stands are almost a necessity in an elementary classroom. They can be used for so many different activities in daily lessons and offer a permanent home for those items, like anchor charts, you know you’ll want to review again with students. I know for me, I have always used an easel or chart […]
Setting up a leprechaun trap in your classroom can incorporate science (think simple machines), social studies (the history of the legend of the lucky leprechaun), and literature in your lesson plans. The best part is that they can be as complex or as easy to put together as you like. It is usually a rarity […]
Teaching about contraction words in the early elementary grades can be confusing for students – until you introduce games, visual aids, and other hands-on activities to help them understand they get to take a “shortcut” in grammar. Once students learn where to put the apostrophe when they form contractions, it opens up a whole new […]
Classroom Valentine’s parties are some of the most fun celebrations throughout the school year. Need a valentine heart candy graph printable? This will make your planning for your Valentine’s party much easier! Our guest post from Colleen today has some great ideas for your next Valentine’s Day celebration! Happy to be back here at the […]
Don’t you hate it when you are laminating paper for your classroom, and the machine spits back out a creation filled with air bubbles? Sometimes, even when you use adhesive laminating sheets on home laminating machines for arts and crafts, you can have the same issue. And the price of those laminating pouches isn’t cheap! […]
Similes are a fun lesson when teaching about different types of figurative language. I love teaching about similes with third grade. They are old enough to understand the abstract thought and can appreciate the humor in the double meanings. An epic way to describe a funny situation when taken literally, there are many examples of […]
Educational board games and file folder games are great learning resources for every student from Kindergarten to Middle and High School! Reusing familiar board games is one of the best ways to have students thinking about how to mesh together current curriculum objectives with some good old-fashioned game play. Use some of the ideas below […]
Holy moly it’s May and time is flying! It’s Jaime from The First Grade Bloom. I’ve been so fortunate to guest blog for Charity at the start of each month this past year. As this is my last post, I’m going to share 3 of my favorite, most used, things right now. Would you like […]
I can’t believe it is already the end of the school year – in fact you may already be done when you are reading this – if you are I am jealous! As I begin to pack up my classroom after 15 years I am trying very hard to take note of the organization systems […]
I can’t believe the school year is almost over. I always find this time of year a little stressful as I try to accomplish all that I want with my current class at the same time my brain is racing with ideas to try for next year. Part of this process for me is to […]
One of the things I started this year was using Twitter to communicate with students and parents about homework and upcoming assignments, tests and events. Here are some great ways to use Twitter in your classroom: The great thing about Twitter is you can choose to have an open or private account. With an open […]
Looking for a quick and easy way to collect formative assessment information from your students? Check out Plickers. Similar to costly classroom response clickers, Plickers provides teachers with quick and timely feedback on classroom instruction without the cost. To use this tool, you just need the Plicker cards, available as a free download or a […]
I admit it! I am cheap. I love to buy things for my classroom but hate spending money. That’s why the Dollar Tree is my favorite place ever! Today I want to share some of my favorite and CHEAP classroom storage solutions! Clipboards are a fabulous tool for the classroom but storing them can […]
Today I’m going to share apps to keep you organized. If you’re super organized, like me, then you probably have many binders full of lesson plans, activities, games, etc. But I’ve noticed recently that I’m not adding much to my binders anymore because most everything is stored on my computer in files. But I […]