Everyone loves a good laugh, and your students are no exception. According to Mary Kay Morrison, author of Using Humor to Maximize Learning, laughter lights up more of the brain than many other functions in a classroom. So, what can laughter do for your students? In a study,
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Recently I bought the book perfect square by Michael Hall. It is the story of a square who was perfectly happy, but throughout the week things start happening to him – he is shattered, crumpled, torn, etc., but each time the square turns lemons into lemonade and transforms himself into
I love to use picture books to teach everything, so today I want to share with you a great picture book to use with your students for Halloween. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson is one Halloween picture book that is sure to delight your students. It is a story
Just a quick post! I thought I would share a fun freebie with you today! This is a group of money logic puzzles geared toward 2nd and 3rd grade. Children love puzzles and these money logic puzzles are fun! They provide opportunities for students to develop skills in logical thinking,
I’ve been out of the classroom for 5 years now, and sometimes it makes me a little sad. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a gifted coordinator, but sometimes I miss interacting with the students and fixing up a classroom. Today I was looking at old pictures of when
Do you doodle? I do! I’m bad about sitting in a meeting and doodling all over my notes. But apparently, I’m not alone. There have been some really famous doodlers like John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Gates. I am happy to have something in common
I have discovered an absolutely wonderful website called KenKen. People say KenKens are like Suduko puzzles on steroids. So exactly what is a KenKen? It’s a numerical puzzle that uses the four basic math operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The puzzle is laid out on a grid ranging
I love to incorporate biographies into lessons! It seems that no matter what unit the students are studying, there’s a great biography to go with it. Why is it so important to teach biographies? you might ask. For one thing, it teaches a little something about the history of a
I love teaching with children’s picture books and sophisticated alphabet books are one of my favorites to use. If you haven’t seen the picture book Tomorrow’s Alphabet by George Shannon, you simply must get it. The first page starts out with A is for seed….. tomorrow’s apple, and
Are you looking for a fun way to teach describing characters and character traits? Try this! Fold each side of a horizontal sheet of paper to the middle. Have the kids draw a picture of the character on the front. Put words to describe the outward appearance of the character on the