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Let’s Take a Braincation!

Sometimes we all just need a vacation. Unfortunately, there is this thing called an attendance policy, and oh yeah, a job. So maybe you can’t take a vacation anytime you wish, but why not take a BRAINCATION? That’s right, people, a vacation for your brain. Sometimes referred to as a brain break. I know sometimes…

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Smelly Smiley: The SIMPLEST class reward ever!

  Well, according to Wal-Mart and Target, it’s time to start thinking about back to school. At this time every year, I was always racking my brain for ideas for a class reward that a) is cheap (hello, no paycheck since June) and b) doesn’t pump kids full of sugar. One year, I accidentally came up…

Poetry Quotes

Hello Poetry Month!

Happy Poetry Month everyone! I like to read and write poetry year round with students, but it is nice to have a month that focuses on it, too. Below are some resources you can use for Poetry Month or really any month. Here are some Poetry Quotes. I love these. You can download them  from google…

Talk Like a Leprechaun

talk like a leprechaun

  Top o’ the mornin’ to ya. Here are some St. Patrick’s Day activities that are more than a worksheet! Enjoy! Above is a fun list of Irish slang. There are tons of ways you can use it for a quick, easy, and fun way to get kids thinking creatively. Perhaps you can encourage students…

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Common Core Ideas for The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz

The Common Core Standards Initiative has identified several picture books to use as mentor texts for teaching common core standards in the classroom. I decided to start working on a product based on these books, and in doing so, I have been introduced to some excellent picture books! Here is a link to the list. It…

dr seuss for big kids

More Dr. Seuss for Big Kids Fun

Still looking for some upper elementary activities to use to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday? Pull out your pile of Dr. Seuss books and have your students work on one of these scavenger hunts that will make them think! These are simple activities where students scour Dr. Seuss books to find different things that start with…

Printable list Dr. Seuss books

Dr. Seuss book lists

There is so much I love about Dr. Seuss. He was so creative, and he wasn’t afraid to be strange or make a statement. And even with the silliness, his books are smart. My love for him as an author mixed my propensity to hoard books, well, you can imagine. Let’s just say I have…

black history month

black history month

  February is Black History Month. Read on to find a collection of Black History teaching ideas that are more than just a worksheet! Black History Who AM I? Here is a simple idea for black history month. Have students research a black hero and find three little known or unique facts. Have students write…

and other free presidents day activities for upper elementary

presidents day fun

Presidents Day is coming up. Did you know it originally began as a day to honor George Washington’s birthday? Today, Washington and Lincoln are most commonly honored for Presidents Day since both have birthdays in February. However, it can also be a time to think of all of our great leaders and the contributions they…

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how do you use your pocket chart?

Pocket charts are one of those ubiquitous classroom things. Specifically the large blue ones. More recently, the pretty and colorful Target Dollar Spot mini ones. I even had a big red one from Scholastic. And another smaller red one shaped like an apple. I will admit though that when I first started teaching fifth grade,…