Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

4 Ways To Make Ramadan Educational

The month of Ramadan is approaching, and Muslims around the world are gearing up to celebrate it.  If you don’t yet know, Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims, who are encouraged to fast during daylight hours, give in charity and be God-conscious.  There are a lot of lessons to be learned during this month, and we can use it to educate our children.  Take a look below for 4 ways to make Ramadan educational. 1. Teach Goal Setting Ramadan is a great time to teach our kids about goal setting, which will help promote a growth mindset.  I absolutely love Little Wings Gallery’s “Ramadan Goals” printable.  It’s great when kids see their goals in a visual format.Continue reading

Free Ramadan themed math package, with 5 fun activities. Perfect for ages 7+ and includes concepts such as data management and number sense.
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Ramadan Math Package – Freebie!

For all the homeschooling moms out there, I know you’ll probably need a break from everything while fasting.  That’s why I creating this free Ramadan themed math package, just for you.  It’s perfect for ages 7+ and includes concepts such as data management and number sense.  There are 5 fun activities (which means you could do one or two a week during Ramadan).  Enjoy, and let me know what you think! Five Math Activities: Tally Chart & Pictograph: Calendar Number Chart & Directional Grid: Venn Diagram for Sorting: Please share and tag @myeverydayclassroom!

In this advertising unit, students will be asked to identify and create their own techniques in a series of wonderful activities. This unit includes graphic organizers, checklists, rubrics, teaching tips, self assessments and more. Also included is a colorful and engaging poster set about the purpose of advertisements.
Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Unit Plans

Advertising Unit & Poster Set

Teaching kids the ins and outs of advertising can be a lot of fun, especially since marketers can target kids so effectively.  I’ve noticed that students love media literacy topics, especially the idea of creating their own ads.  That’s why I’ve come up with the perfect advertising unit for your students.  The unit package includes a great classroom poster to display on your bulletin boards. Poster Set After going through the posters and discussing ad techniques, it’s time to start the unit! Teaching Tips Attract In the first section, students are asked to plan an ad meant to attract customers.  They start off with a graphic organizer to help effectively plan just how they will attract buyers.  HereContinue reading

Great ideas to teach kids about Ramadan!
Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Teach Kids About Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is fast approaching.  It is a time for Muslims young and old to participate in extra acts of worship and good will.  Whether you’re looking for ways to diversify your classroom or teach your kids the personal importance of Ramadan, here are some ways to talk about the month! Phases of the Moon The month of Ramadan begins with the sighting of a new moon.  This is the perfect opportunity to teach young kids the phases of the moon.  Take a look at this simple craft, for kids of any age! Mosque Diorama During the month of Ramadan, men, women and children frequent their local mosques in the evening to breakContinue reading

Follow this 5 step plan and learn how to prevent bullying in your classroom, home and school!
Classroom Management, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

How to Prevent Bullying – A 5 Step Plan

It’s unfortunate to say that we’ve all experienced some form of bullying, and so have our kids and students. Whether being bullied, being a witness to bullying or being the cause of bullying, this pervasive social issue is strong amongst school-aged peers.  Bullying can have short and long term effects that are detrimental to students’ physical and/or mental well-being.  Here is my 5 step plan on how to prevent bullying from happening in your classroom, home or school. Also, be sure to check out my anti-bullying posters here.   1. Identify It’s important for kids to identify bullying when they see it and understand that it involves many parties.  Once they are able to identify it, theyContinue reading

Reading, Writing

Biography Unit Ideas for Primary Grades

  *This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* By grade 4, students are expected to be able to conduct some research, organize ideas, and use their knowledge to create varied pieces of writing.  What better way to facilitate these practices then by conducting a biography unit.  Biographies give students many benefits, some of which are gaining a new perspective on their own life, while being inspired by the works of others.  Here are some biography unit ideas for primary grades. Before beginning this unit it is a good idea to have a discussion about fictions vs. non-fiction texts.  As well as, discussing how to write an engaging story/biography.  Here is a story writing unit I recentlyContinue reading

Crafts & DIY, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

8 Genius Ways To Use Popsicle Sticks In The Classroom

I love the idea of turning simple and seemingly useless objects into fun educational resources or toys.  It shows kids the importance of innovating, being creative and valuing what’s around them.  Take a look at all of the fantastic activities I have created and found using mainly popsicle sticks! If you’ve got a stash of popsicle sticks lying around or you’re looking for a fun and creative lesson idea, keep reading! 1. A Probability Game This is such a fun probability game, and it’s super easy to create!  All you need are popsicle sticks, a paper towel roll, scissors and a marble (or small ball of playdough).  See the pictures and captions below for moreContinue reading

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Comic Writing Contest Winner

The winer of the comic contest is 6 year old Hafsa!! Check out her wonderful comic below:   Comic by the amazing Yes, I’m Hot in ThisWe’ve partnered with the amazing comic author behind Yes, I’m Hot in This to give your students or children a chance at a fun opportunity. Here are all the details (please read carefully): Check out my post about Comic Writing for Kids Download our Comic Strip Writing Package (at the bottom of this page). Have your kids/students complete the package and submit (only) their completed comic strip to myeverydayclassroom@gmail.com Our two teams will choose one lucky winner who will receive a free copy of Nightly News with Safa AND willContinue reading

Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Comic Writing For Kids

Comics.  How can something that looks like such a simple literary genre, carry so much weight?  Comics hold the heavy task of pointing at many social, personal, national and political problems.  But…. they can come in such a cute package!  Getting students familiar with this genre can be a very fun task, and one that we should all undertake at some point.  It’s an art to be able to talk about a legitimate issue, with an air of satire or comedy.  Let’s show our kids that they can effect and create change in their world, through literature.  If you want to teach your students comic strip writing, follow these simple steps below: Comic Writing –Continue reading

Book Corner, Math, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Extension Activities for The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot is a modern day tale of a robot that becomes stranded in the wild after an accident. This story is making it’s way across classrooms and into children’s lives, and with good reason.  It’s a captivating comparison of technology and the natural world.  As with all reading materials, they begin to take on more meaning when kids are able to apply what they’ve read in their lives and lessons.  That’s why I’ve created this cross curricular extension activity package.  It combines geometry and paragraph writing.  Keep reading to get a peak into how you can use extension activities for The Wild Robot. 2D Shapes The first part of this package asks kidsContinue reading

Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Narrative Writing Plan For Kids

I recently gave a talk about creative narrative writing for 7-9 year olds after a book reading.  Below are my talking points, which you can use in your class or homeschool.  The kids responded really well to the plan and were able to reiterate the story writing process.  They were able to relate to the concepts, so overall it was a great success!  Read on to see the plan and you can find my narrative writing plan on TPT, it comes with and awesome poster set to display on walls.   Part 1: Problem/Solution This is the most basic principle of story writing.  The kids really seem to relate if you compare stories to a sandwich. Continue reading

6 Perfect Picture Books For Struggling Readers
Book Corner, Reading

6 Perfect Picture Books For Struggling Readers

For kids out there who struggle with reading, the thought of picking up a book can be daunting.  Reading a book, whether independently or in a group setting, can either: a) cause a great deal of anxiety or, b) cause students to “check out”, leaving them to miss key details for comprehension.  Whether students are struggling to read the words, or struggling to understand them, I’ve got a list of the 6 perfect picture books for struggling readers. 1. Press Here – By: Herve Tullet Press Here is a fun and interactive book that does not follow a traditional narrative format.  Instead it presents readers with a series of instructions, for which the book garners apparentContinue reading

5 Fun Pumpkin Lessons For Kids
Seasons, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

5 Fun Pumpkin Lessons For Kids

Pumpkins are arguably the most iconic symbol of the Fall season.  Even better, pumpkins are widely available in stores and homes.  They are awesome when used in decor, recipes and halloween carving fun.  This makes them a perfect object to incorporate into our lessons.  Continue reading below for 5 fun pumpkin lessons for kids! 1. Scientific Procedure First things first, if you have an untouched pumpkin, then you have the perfect object for a scientific investigation.  Students can be introduced to the idea of a hypothesis in which they can take guesses as to what is inside the pumpkin.  For example: “I think the pumpkin will have seeds inside of it, because most things that grow fromContinue reading

On Being A Parent

Back to School Survival List for Parents

When my daughter was starting JK I was on the hunt for all of the best tools and resources I should have on hand.  I knew what it was to be a teacher, and I knew what I wanted kids to come to school with.  But, as a parent, this was a whole new world. After some thought and research, I collected what I now call my school survival list for parents. Waterproof Labels I’m smitten over my recent waterproof labels find!  If you have elementary-aged children and want to label their water bottles or containers you need these labels.  I personally used the Emily Press Labels, which are super easy to apply and actually lookContinue reading

Book Corner, Freebies

Free Book Study – Zaid and the Gigantic Cloud

When kids love a story (especially one with a moral, diverse characters and plenty of great language) I like to make it a focus of study.  In that spirit, I created a free book study resource of Zaid and the Gigantic Cloud.  The book study is meant to reinforce effective reading strategies such as: – Predictions – Mental Images – Inference – Making Connections – Summarizing – Identifying Story Elements The package includes 8 worksheets, with each one reinforcing a different reading strategy.  This is a perfect way to get kids to make more meaning out of their texts and engage with stories. Give it a try and leave a comment telling me what youContinue reading