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Sharing our Blessings with YOU!

Thanksgiving is next week, which means it’s time for the annual Sharing our Blessings blog hop and giveaway! I’m excited to be joining nine other bloggers for this special event. Despite the challenges we’ve faced this year, we’re grateful  

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Thankful Writing Craftivity Freebie

November is right around the corner, and what better time to write about all the things we are thankful for? This writing topic might seem may seem trite and overdone, but we can never overdo the message of showing  

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Making Connections with Pumpkin Seed Multiplication

When kids first learn about multiplication, it’s an alien concept. The best way to help them understand what multiplication means is to use manipulatives, and to introduce multiplication as a shortcut for repeated addition.

Pumpkin Seed Multiplication is a fun,  

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6 Reasons to Teach Poetry in the Fall

When do you start teaching poetry in your classroom? If you wait until April because it’s National Poetry Month, consider introducing poetry during the first few months of the school year instead. In fact, I can think of at  

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How to Earn 10,000 Scholastic Bonus Points

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that Scholastic offers a fabulous back-to-school deal that makes it possible to get thousands of bonus points with your first book order. The bigger your order, the more points you earn,  

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Free 2021 – 2022 School Year Calendar

Years ago, I searched everywhere to find the perfect calendar to use with my students, but I couldn’t find one that worked. I wanted one with 8 1/2 x 11 inch portrait-style pages that would fit in  

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Free Earth Day Resources: Just a Dream to Save Our Planet

A few years ago I posted a question on Facebook asking teachers to tell me their favorite book to read aloud for Earth Day, and Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg was the top recommendation.  

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Leprechaun Luck Math Game Digital Challenge

If you’re looking for a fun and educational math game for your students to play on St. Patrick’s Day, Leprechaun Luck might be exactly what you need! But then again, it might not, and that’s  

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February Fun – Free Lessons You’ll Love!

February is packed with fun holidays, making it a great time to integrate seasonal activities into your lessons. This month’s special events include Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, and Black History Month. But I’ll bet you didn’t know that it’s  

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How to Get Started with Boom Cards

Whether you’ll be starting the school year online, in the classroom, or both, one of your biggest challenges will be finding digital resources that can be adapted for the new reality of teaching during a pandemic. Fortunately, Boom Cards  

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How to Teach Social Skills, Step by Step

Seating students together is not enough to ensure teamwork. Many kids have very little idea how to interact appropriately with their classmates. They simply lack the social skills needed to perform the most basic cooperative learning tasks. Lack of  

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Sharing the Joy of Giving! A Holiday Giving Project

One of the things I miss most about not being in the classroom is the opportunity to teach kids about the joy of giving. I want to share with you a wonderful activity that I did each year with  

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