This year my students and I have been doing a lot of talking about just how important it is to be doing thinking (especially higher order thinking) and observing as they read. So, to play on that theme, we took a class session to brainstorm together just how similar spider webs are to thinking. Who doesn’t love a fun comparing activity, especially when it is a fall activity? How To Make Higher Order Thinking Spider Webs In partners, students brainstormed about the idea that spider webs and ... Read More about Higher Order Thinking with Spider Webs
With Halloween around the corner, why not get a bit festive? However, there are many children who do not participate in Halloween or anything related. I try to keep my fall activities more on the safe side so all students can be involved in the fun. One way that I like to do this is by creating a fun and easy paper pumpkin craft. Steps to Make Your Paper Pumpkin Craft This quick and easy paper craft pumpkin is inexpensive to make and will take very little classroom time. Step 1. To begin, ... Read More about Quick & Easy Paper Pumpkin Craft
Parent-teacher conferences are so insightful, aren’t they? It seems this is always when I learn the most about my students. Even after 10 years of teaching, I still find myself dreading the long nights of conferences though. In my district, we don’t have half days of school and conferences for the rest of the time. Instead, we have full days of school and four hours of conferences on top of it! One nice thing—our PTO really pampers and spoils us these nights! Tips for Successful ... Read More about Parent-Teacher Conferences: Tips for Success
It’s October, that time of the year when the air starts to smell crisp, the leaves change colors, and the stores fill up with every kind of candy known to man. And who doesn’t love candy (besides dentists)? While I don’t have actual candy, I do have a virtual treat for you today! In fact, it's multiplication facts! And that's a fact! There are very few things I remember about elementary school, but the exciting feeling of learning multiplication facts ranked up there high. Multiplication was ... Read More about Multiplication Facts Tricks: Achieve Fact Fluency!
I inherited a wooden easel long ago when I first began teaching. It was fabulous and worked well, but after many years of use, it began falling apart. Because I used my easel for reading workshop, writer’s workshop, math workshop, and science workshop, I needed an easel. I needed an easel desperately! Originally, I never would've considered a DIY easel, but... After spending hours cruising Amazon and other school supply stores, I had no luck. Oh, I saw easels, just not easels I wanted to pay ... Read More about DIY Easel for Your Classroom: Simple & Effective!