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Using Games In The Classroom

Using Games In The Classroom

A few weeks ago we looked at digital review games in the classroom and why you should be using them in your centers, as early finisher activities, and more.  I think that the same idea rings true for board and card games and today I am going to prove it to you! Why...

How to Teach Using Primary Source Documents

How to Teach Using Primary Source Documents

Using primary and secondary source documents and images in lessons provides students with opportunities to develop vocabulary, critical analysis, comparison, verbal and written expression skills. Depending upon the age, grade level, and skill objectives, documents may...

Creating Digital Review Games

Creating Digital Review Games

“Play is not frivolous; it is brain building.” - American Academy of PediatricsI’ve never met a student who didn’t like to play. In fact, I would say that one thing that all students have in common is the inherent desire to play. We should encourage our students to...

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How to Teach Using Primary Source Documents

How to Teach Using Primary Source Documents

Using primary and secondary source documents and images in lessons provides students with opportunities to develop vocabulary, critical analysis, comparison, verbal and written expression skills.

Creating Digital Review Games

Creating Digital Review Games

I’ve never met a student who didn’t like to play. Even though we know kids love to play, why should we incorporate games and play in the classroom?

How to Write a Bibliography for a Research Paper

How to Write a Bibliography for a Research Paper

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills in Grades 3-8" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades How to Select Effective Research Topics Easily Teach Students how to Take Research Notes How to...

How to Quickly Write a Research Paper

How to Quickly Write a Research Paper

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills in Grades 3-8" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades How to Select Effective Research Topics Easily Teach Students how to Take Research Notes How to...

How to Organize a Research Paper Outline

How to Organize a Research Paper Outline

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills in Grades 3-8" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades How to Select Effective Research Topics Easily Teach Students how to Take Research Notes How to...

Easily Teach Students How to Take Research Notes

Easily Teach Students How to Take Research Notes

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills in Grades 3-8" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades How to Select Effective Research Topics Easily Teach Students how to Take Research Notes Research...

How to Select Effective Research Topics

How to Select Effective Research Topics

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades How to Select Effective Research Topics Research Note Taking Research Outlining Research Paper Writing Research...

Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary & Middle School Grades

Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary & Middle School Grades

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades Research Topic Selection Research Note Taking Research Outlining Research Paper Writing Research Bibliography...

Hidden Gems: Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Hidden Gems: Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya has won a number of book awards since it was published. The story revolves around Arturo and his attempt to save his family’s restaurant. Readers will enjoy learning about Arturo’s Cuban family and how they built their...

How to Easily Create an Integrated Unit Lesson Plan

How to Easily Create an Integrated Unit Lesson Plan

As teachers are expected to cover more and more standards, time always becomes an issue. For example, a lot of people complain that cursive writing isn’t stressed as much as it was in the past, but there isn’t time to teach everything. New standards, such as...

6 Fun & Easy Ways to Improve a Reading Log

6 Fun & Easy Ways to Improve a Reading Log

Most teachers assign reading at home to their students, often in the form of reading logs. Studies have shown that reading for pleasure is one of the most important things a child can do to improve academically. The million dollar question is how can teachers and...

How to Make the Best Student File Organizer For Turning in Classwork

How to Make the Best Student File Organizer For Turning in Classwork

Are you looking for my Youtube "How To" video? Click Here to scroll to it on this page, or go to my YouTube channel. If you are like me, you have tried all the teacher ideas for organizing paper: cubbies, mailboxes, hanging file organizer, magazine files, etc. All of...

Hidden Gems: Restart by Gordan Korman

Hidden Gems: Restart by Gordan Korman

Middle grades teachers and students will both enjoy reading Restart by Gordon Korman. This story deals with extreme bullying and theft by students and how it affects both other students and people in the community. However, Restart is a story of redemption and second...

Teaching High School Grades

Teaching High School Grades

If you enjoy "Teaching High School Grades", please make sure to check out the rest of the "Changing Grade Levels" series. Teaching a New Grade Curriculum Teaching Primary School Grades (Lower Elementary) Teaching Elementary School Grades Teaching Middle School Grades...

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  • I believe that students need to be the leaders of the classroom. Even third graders are old enough to be held accountable and to take responsibility for their learning.
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  • Differentiated instruction is a must. I use guided reading and guided math groups to meet the individual needs of my students.
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