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5 Activities for Reluctant Readers

Wednesday April 16, 2014

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Why is it that some students love to read and others do not? Could it be that parents are not reading enough to them at home, or is it that some students just don't find what we are giving them interesting enough to read? Whatever the case may be, as teachers, it is our job to create activities that encourage these reluctant readers to want to read! How can we do that? Simple, in the article below I will give you 5 ideas to help students become more enthusiastic about reading.

Read More: 5 fun Ideas for Reluctant Readers

What activities or ideas do you use in your classroom? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Fun Ideas to Celebrate Student Birthdays

Wednesday April 16, 2014

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Are you looking for some fun ways to celebrate student birthdays in your classroom? Here are some suggestions to help you.

A quick look at what you'll read about:

  • Birthday Questions
  • Birthday Graphs
  • Birthday Bags

Read More: Fun Ways to Celebrate Student Birthdays in School

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Countdown to the End of the School Year

Tuesday April 15, 2014

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Is it almost the end of the school year already? Well for some states it is. For those of us on the East Coast, school goes until June. As the end of the school year approaches, the children (and us teachers) are counting down to the last day. But, how can we keep our students still motivated to learn when all they are thinking about is summer break? A great way to encourage your students to learn and keep them energized, is to put a twist on your normal routine and lessons.

Read More: six fun project ideas to wrap up the end of the school year.

What activities and projects do you at the end of the school year? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below.

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Stop Bullying in Your Classroom

Tuesday April 15, 2014

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Looking for ideas on how to raise awareness and stop bullying in your classroom?Here are three ideas on how to do just that.

  • Raise Awareness with a Classroom Discussion
  • Teach Tolerance and Acceptance
  • Explore Commonalities

Read More: How to Stop Bullying in Your Classroom

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Elementary Math Lesson on Data Collection for Grades 2-4

Monday April 14, 2014

jumpingAccording to the Common Core Standards elementary students must learn to represent and interpret data. Here is a fun lesson plan that will get your students off their feet while getting them comfortable with data collection, and ensuring they understand how to find the median.

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Top 5 Free Assessment Apps

Monday April 14, 2014

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Are you looking for a fast and easy way to assess your students? Look no further, here are the top 5 FREE assessment apps that will make your life easier!

Read More: 5 Free Apps That Will Make Student Assessment Easy

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Earth Day 2014: Help Make a Difference

Sunday April 13, 2014

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Earth day is celebrated every year on April 22. This is a day to take the time to remind students the importance of preserving our earth. Help your students get a better understanding of how they can help our earth with a few fun activities and ideas.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Create a recycling tree
  • Read the story Miss Rumphius by, Barbara Cooney
  • Turn off the lights activity

Read More: Earth Day Activities and Ideas

Related Articles: Unique Ways for Reusing and Recycling Items in Your Classroom

Do you reduce, recycle and reuse items? How do you plan to celebrate Earth day with your classroom?  Share your ideas, you may inspire others!

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Celebrate National Library Week April 13-90th

Sunday April 13, 2014

This year National Library Week will be celebrated April 14th through the 20th. The American Library Association has announced that this year's theme is "Lives Change." During this week celebrate books by:

  • Making reading fun
  • Planning fun book activities
  • Motivating young readers

Read More: 20 Book Activities | Motivating Reluctant Readers | Read-Alouds

How are you celebrating National Library Week with your students? Share with us in the comment section. We would love to here form you!

 

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Celebrate Math Education Month

Friday April 11, 2014

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April is Math Awareness Month. This is a good time to reinforce and practice math skills in your classroom. Challenge your students with creative lessons like Chocolate Bar Math and Trail Mix Math. Incorporate subjects, such as science and art. Focus on themes, such as measurement, geometry, and money.

Related Articles: Telling Time with the Grouchy Ladybug |K-6 Math Lessons

 

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National Poetry Month

Friday April 11, 2014

poetryNational Poetry Month is celebrated throughout the month of April. Each year schools, libraries, and poets around the country celebrate by participating in poetry activities, book readings, and other events. The Academy of American Poets suggest celebrating by:

  • Organizing a poetry reading
  • Reading a book of poetry
  • Watching a poetry movie

You can also partake in book activities, create an "I Remember" poem, Biography poem, or Someday poem. How are you going to celebrate National Poetry Month with your students? Share you thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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