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The Twelve Days of Winter: A School Counting Book

 on February 3, 2014

The Twelve Days of Winter by Deborah Lee Rose is a perfect counting book for a preschool to 2nd grade classroom.

Sung or spoken to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, this is a wonderful counting book.

There are so many fun winter illustrations for students to look at and with six more weeks of winter upon us, we might as well try to have fun with it!!!!!

Zero the Hero

 on February 3, 2014

One of my daughter's favorite things at school this year has been Zero the Hero!

Subtraction Game: Roll to Zero

 on January 24, 2014

It's a great idea to have a handful of math games to go to when you need to break up the monotony of regular schoolwork. I love this game, because all you need is paper, pencil, and one die, and it takes all but 10 minutes to complete one game.  It's fast moving, and takes a good mix of chance and good decision-making.  The object of the game is to be the one who rolls closest to zero without going under.

This is how you play:

Science Experiment: Reptile Egg

 on January 24, 2014

During a unit on reptiles, our girls completed this cool egg experiment, in order to find out what a reptile egg feels like. Want to find out what happens when you add an egg whose make-up consists of mostly calcium carbonate to a mild acid?

All you have to do, is add 1 cup of vinegar to a glass. I used white vinegar.  Add a raw egg and let sit overnight, making sure the egg is completely submerged. 

Incentive for Kids to Help Clean Up

 on January 22, 2014

Who doesn't want more clean, less whine?

Whether in your a classroom or at home, I think this is a very wonderful idea to implement excitement with clean up time.

Mrs. Morris, a fourth grade teacher, has a reward system in her class using tickets for good behavior, helpfulness, cleanliness, good grades, assignments, homework, etc. 

Students earn tickets and cash them in to buy something from the reward closet. 

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Poetry Lesson that Inspires

 on January 19, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is here and I am grateful to celebrate a man who sparked a tremendous change in our Country. 

A great way for kids to reflect on the change he made is to take a peak at some wonderful literary pieces about the subject, as well as a link to a solid lesson using these poems. 

Fraction Strips and Equivalent Fractions

 on January 14, 2014

DIY Fraction Strips are a great way to illustrate equivalent fractions (fractions that have the same value even though they do not have the same numerators and denominators).  This activity will also give students measurement practice!

Homework Forts

 on January 14, 2014

Getting homework done can be a chore, not just for our children, but for us as well!

Let's face it-- after a long day of school the last thing our kiddos want to do is more work!

Here is a fun suggestion to promote reading or homework without pulling teeth or hair.

Build a fort or use your playhouse on days when a little extra fun can't hurt.

Thank You Cards--Not Just a Thing of the Past

 on January 14, 2014

Who doesn't love getting something in the mail? Especially when it's a big fat check!

Unfortunately, these thank you cards are not filled with money. Just a whole lotta love and appreciation!

My kids and I sat down this weekend and wrote thank you cards for all the wonderful Christmas presents they received from aunt, uncles, grandparents and teachers.

Hey, better late than never!

What Would You Take to Space? Lesson Plan Ideas

 on January 14, 2014

Space is an exciting topic to explore in the classroom. 

It is vast, wide-open, and unknown and has different qualities than Earth.  All that make it so intriguing for young minds.

What does it feel like in space? How do you sleep? What do you eat? How many stars are there?

Here are a few ideas you can incorporate to your lesson plan.

1) What would you take to space?

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