Science, Seasons, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Fall Inspired Science Lessons

  Each new season brings about features that are perfect for scientific investigation and inquiry.  Fall is no exception. Here are some fall inspired science lessons that will have your students summoning the scientific process like pros! Life Cycles Use pumpkins (or another Fall fruit/plant) as a way to talk about a plant’s life cycle!  First, discuss the journey of a seed, germination, sprouting and more!  Here are some diagram ideas that students can create: After much discussion, have your students see a plant come to life before their eyes!  Open a pumpkin, leave the seeds inside, add soil and water.  Have students track the plant’s growth and keep a journal with their observations. Science Investigators PartContinue reading

Reading, Seasons, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Ideas for Fall Language Activities

There is so much to be described in the Fall season, which means it naturally lends itself to many language activities.  Students can engage in describing, creating, reflecting and reading all about Fall features.  Take a look at the following Fall language activities that link back to curriculum.  Most of these activities can be tweaked to apply to a variety of grades and difficulty levels.       Reading For Meaning Speaking & Writing – Word Choice There are so many special experiences to be had in the Fall season, so it works perfectly to have students practice expanding their word choice and descriptions. Check out the following ideas: Writing – Classifying Ideas Paragraph Writing WhatContinue reading

Math, Seasons, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Fun Fall Math Activities

Students learn best when they can connect what they are learning to their real life.  So, I’ve compiled a list of ways to connect the serene fall season to your math curriculum, in order to engage your students and get them excited to learn.  Many of these lessons can be adapted in their difficulty level in order to be suitable for various grades.  Take a look at these fun fall math activities.     Measurement Here is a great way to get students measuring with pumpkins!  What I love about this activity is that it has students estimating first, and then measuring using a variety of units. Geometry Here are some creative ways to incorporate your geometryContinue reading

Art, Cross-Curricular Connections, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

8 Wonderful Fall Art Activities

Fall is such an aesthetically beautiful season.  The changing colors, the cool winds that rustle the leaves and the harvesting of pumpkins and apples are among the joys of Autumn.  This is what makes Fall the perfect inspiration for some art activities.  It’s a great opportunity to present elements such as color, texture, line and shape.  Take a look at my favorite fall art activities below:   1. Yarn Trees   Doesn’t this look fantastic?  It’s a great activity if you want your students to do art work that goes beyond the typical 2-dimensions.  This yarn tree will literally pop out of the canvas and attract onlookers’ eyes.  You could use this activity to discussContinue reading

Fall Classroom Ideas That Will WOW Your Students
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Fall Classroom Ideas That Will WOW Your Students

Fall is such a fun time for our students, and gives us teachers some great classroom content! From science, to language, to math and more… the Fall season is full of teaching and learning wonders. It’s also a great time to spruce up our classrooms! Check out some of my favorite fall classroom decor ideas below: 1. Pumpkin Patch Kids 2. Personalized Fall Leaves 3. A Little Hide & Seek 4. Inspire Gratitude 5. Bring in Books Which is your favorite classroom display?

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Secret Recipe Box – Palestinian Representation in Children’s Literature

As a teacher, I used to select picture books that reinforced the curriculum I was teaching. If those books included diverse representation and wonderful moral lessons, that was a fantastic bonus! However, as a mom, I sought books in an entirely new way. I searched for books that would show my daughters reflections of themselves and their peers in a positive and empowering light. I sought to show them an embodiment of who they are and can be! That’s how Secret Recipe Box was born. Growing up as a Palestinian-Canadian woman, I *never* once saw myself mirrored in the books before me. This lit a fire underneath me. I wanted to show young readers theContinue reading

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A Tea Party Birthday

We’ve had a really hectic start to our summer, and so I thought I’d skip doing a big birthday party for my girls this year.  However, my daughter really wanted to celebrate her birthday with her cousins… and I just couldn’t say no.  So, we decided to host a casual tea party themed birthday at our home.  This was the best option since we kept the guest list small, the food simple, and the decor store bought.  My daughter is also the ultimate girly girl, so this theme was right up her alley.  Take a look at the details below. General Set Up We tried to go with an elegant setup, that still felt likeContinue reading

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Amazing Eid Gift Favors for Under $10

As Eid fast approaches, many of us are starting to think about how to make the day memorable for our kids.  And… if you’re family is full of kids like mine is, that can be a pretty expensive undertaking. But, don’t fret! I’ve come up with the perfect list of Eid gift favors, that are all UNDER $10!  There are so many opportunities to get creative with our Eid gifts.  We can give gifts that get kids playing, problem solving and having fun.  Here is my list of 5 Eid gift favors that (aren’t candy 😀 and) are under $10! 1. Dollar Store Mix & Match The key here is to pick a theme and these favorsContinue reading

Awesome ideas to make a kids ramadan basket. Check out our list of freebies and resources that will get your kids excited about Ramadan!
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Kids Ramadan Basket Ideas

As Ramadan approaches, I started to think about ways to engage my children in this wonderful month.  For those of you who may not know, Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims around the world, in which they fast during day time hours and engage in extra worship.  While coming up with this basket I wanted to: Make this month special for my kids, and Ensure that they were engaged in something fun & beneficial This way, I could have some time to reflect and pray without the guilt of having bored children.  A kids Ramadan basket serves as both an exciting gift to mark the commencement of the month, as well as a littleContinue 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