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

Classroom Themes

How To Get The Best Star Themed Classroom

A star themed classroom is probably one of the most common themes out there.  For me though, that doesn’t make it less special.  I get it: stars are empowering, grand and inspirational.  It’s a wonderful analogy to give to our students and can be used in lots of creative ways.  Check out my ways to get the best star themed classroom.     Work It Into Your Classroom Management Stars are a super easy theme to work into your classroom management methods.  They are a great way to track progress, and reward students for their effort.  It naturally provides such a warm tone to any classroom management strategies as it leans easily towards positive reinforcement.Continue reading

Show your students that retelling a story can be creative and fun, with this story retell package! Use all of them for one story, or read multiple stories for each activity. These also make great center worksheets.
Reading, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Story Retell Activities

This week (May 1st-May 7th) is Children’s Book Week!  As an adult, I’m a tad bit obsessed with children’s books, which I know sounds weird.  However, read the right ones and you’ll realize how amazing they can be.  They hold important messages in sweet little packages, and are a key to our children’s future success and learning.  So, how do we equip our young readers with the right strategies to enjoy and comprehend the books intended for them?  One way is through story retelling or summarizing. Retelling a story is an important reading strategy and measure of comprehension.  It lays the foundation for students to be able to summarize effectively, discuss important concepts and overallContinue reading

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

Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Parts of a Letter – Poster & Worksheet Set

I love teaching kids about writing letters.  It feels like a lost form of communication in our time, but it’s still an important and relevant writing genre.  Students will need lots of examples to show them the various components of a letter.  It also helps to have students do lots of practice and write to famous authors, public figures, family members or to each other.  Here is my Parts of a Letter – Poster and Worksheet set, available on Teachers Pay Teachers: This is a great way to visibly show students each part of a letter.  Each section is labelled and has a coordinating explanation card, which further details what each section is and providesContinue reading

Reading, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Teach Reading Strategies – All Students Need This!

I always (always!) start my year off with teaching reading strategies.  This will help your students in everything they do throughout the rest of the year.  Not only does it work miracles for their reading, but they can use these strategies across all subjects.  Here is an overview on how to teach reading strategies: First things first: Download this super helpful reading strategies bookmark.  This fun bookmark is the perfect tool for students doing independent reading! It directs them to use strategies when they are having difficulty with a text. When they’re done reading, it gives them post-reading strategy ideas! Choose from 5 different bookmark designs for students to decorate. Create Schema Connections: Students need toContinue reading

Uncategorized

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

Life...Style :), On Being A Parent

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

Eid Favor Tags!
Uncategorized

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!
Freebies, Uncategorized

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

Freebies

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