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March is Reading Month – How to Make it Fun?

February 19, 2013
March is Reading Month – How to Make it Fun?

We are currently reading “Stuart Little”. My students have really enjoyed listening to this tale! It is so well done and clever! I was thinking about reading month, “What to do?” I could do the pizza slices (kids love food!).  They would get a  different color slice for each different genre that they read. ...
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“One” by Kathryn Otoshi – One Great Book!

February 19, 2013
“One” by Kathryn Otoshi – One Great Book!

Great book! I happened on this little book and fell in love with  “One” by Kathryn Otoshi.  I shared it with my colleagues at school and my students  loved the story and were sitting at the edge of the seats. The illustrations are simply done with watercolors but it has a powerful message! Standing...
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Valentine’s Day – Fill Your World with Fun!

February 9, 2013
Valentine’s Day – Fill Your World with Fun!

Valentine’s Day Fun Getting ready for the fun of Valentine’s Day!  Kids love exchanging cards and having a celebration of friendship!  Check out the 4 different coloring sheets and the one addition with regrouping sheet! Tweet
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Dress the Snowman!

February 9, 2013
Dress the Snowman!

  Dress the Snowman! A Snow Day inspired this! This is to reinforce addition with regrouping in a fun way! Tweet
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Fact Families Game

January 29, 2013
Fact Families Game

Fact Families I am always looking for ways to make math fun yet meaningful.   Fact families are always a challenge for kids.  Until they “see” the relationships of the numbers, each equation is a new problem. I set out the challenge that they were detectives and had to find the one number that didn’t...
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Powwow Power!

January 12, 2013
Powwow Power!

  Native American Powwow Learning about different cultures is important for children to experience in order to be tolerant of the differences.  I just coordinated a school wide pow-wow where everyone, from preschool to middle school students explore the world of Native Americans. It was a huge success!  The local newspaper, Observer and Eccentric,...
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Deep Fun!

January 6, 2013
Deep Fun!

Deep Fun Making learning fun should be the mantra for everyone involved in teaching.  Things that are fun are memorable and they are easier to remember.  My sister-in-law sent me this website on Bernie DeKoven and I love it! Bernie DeKoven has written numerous books of learning and play.  He links resources for games...
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Wonderful Winter Scenes

December 29, 2012
Wonderful Winter Scenes

Winter Art This is a simple art project that even my youngest students enjoyed doing and weren’t frustrated by the materials. Prior to starting I had framed the edge of the paper with the painter’s tape to give a finished pictures a framed look. We started with a brief discussion of the way trees...
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Dinosaur Templates

December 29, 2012
Dinosaur Templates

Dinosaur Templates I have these templates on the website but they are not as easy to find as I’d like.  Since many of you have asked for them, I thought I would make a page just for the templates!  This should make them easier for everyone to locate!   Tweet
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Creating Powerful Powerpoint Slides

December 27, 2012
Creating Powerful Powerpoint Slides

PowerPoint Presentations What makes a PowerPoint or Keynote slide presentation amazing?  It seemed, to most of my students, that the transitions and putting as much information as possible.  In working with some middle school students I learned that they really didn’t understand the point of using a slide show for a presentation. Based on...
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