8 Interesting Facts About Dr. Seuss

  On March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Massachusetts. You probably know him better as Dr. Seuss. In honor of his birthday today, here are some fascinating facts: Dr. Seuss was disappointed that the reading texts being used in schools were so boring. He knew he could write a more creative book using the same beginning words to help […]

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Halloween Science Idea for Forces and Motion

Here is a simple Halloween science activity for teachers who are looking for something a little Halloween-y but don’t want to stray too far from the curriculum. It is designed for third grade Forces and Interaction standard:  3-PS2-2. Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.   […]

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Teach creatively…even with the textbook!

Textbook. The mere word can provoke eye rolls from both students and teachers. Textbooks are all too often synonymous with: -boring -busy work -answer-the-question-in-complete-sentences-or-else type assignments I agree that textbooks can sometimes be all of the above, but I’m here to tell you, they don’t have to be. Now, this is not a post about how much I love textbooks […]

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What is S.T.E.M. and why should I teach it?

What is S.T.E.M.? S.T.E.M. is an abbreviation for Science Technology Engineering and Math. It is not a particular method or way of teaching, but more of a movement to integrate these subjects into the curiculum with real-world, problem-based activities. S.T.E.M. in education is not about adding something new to your lesson plans. Instead, it is teaching science and math in creative […]

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Poem-tac-toe Freebie!

Teaching poetry with elementary students can be intimidating, but there are so many important skills that can be addressed. First and foremost, fluency! We all know that reading a text repeatedly can help build fluency. When I taught third grade, it was so hard to get them to read a text again. #thestruggleisrealyo That’s why poems are so great! They are fun, […]

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