Category: Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

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

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

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

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

Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Name Spelling Practice – Getting Kindergarten Ready!

My daughter will be starting kindergarten this September, and I’ve been thinking of ways to get her ready for this huge milestone.  One thing I’d really like to help her with is spelling her name.  Even if she can’t write it out herself, I want to get her familiar with the spelling and letter-sounds involved.  It’s a great way to get kids feeling responsible for their classwork, identifying their belongings and is a nice transition towards writing.  Here are my 5 favorite name spelling practice ideas! Playdoh Practice My daughter is a bit obsessed with playdoh and finds any excuse to use it.  I have a hunch that most kids would jump at a chanceContinue reading

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