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The Importance of Teaching Women’s History

The Importance of Teaching Women’s History

In the past 100 years, women have paved the way and earned the right to vote. Women have made great contributions to society. We can all agree that this is huge and so encouraging for every female. We typically honor women in March.  And yes, we should be highlighting in March, but we should also […]

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH MISS RUMPHIUS

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH MISS RUMPHIUS

Wow!  Can you believe it’s the middle of April already?  I can hardly believe Earth Day is almost here.  I wanted to do a quick post to share one of my favorite picture books and how you can use this book to celebrate Earth Day with your students. Note:  Keep ’em Thinking is a participant […]

Biographies Will Keep Your Students Thinking!

Biographies Will Keep Your Students Thinking!

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 subject, but more importantly, biographies […]

USING YESTERDAY’S ALPHABET BOOKS TO TEACH CHANGE OVER TIME

USING YESTERDAY’S ALPHABET BOOKS TO TEACH CHANGE OVER TIME

  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 follows that pattern throughout the […]

A Fun Activity to Describe Characters

A Fun Activity to Describe Characters

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 outside.  This can be things […]