Conversation Heart Activities for Valentine’s Day

Conversation Heart candies are those sweet-talking, heart-shaped confections that have kids of all ages enjoying the sayings and munching for years. Loads of colors, flavors, and sayings that change from year to year; these candies are over a century old. The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) began manufacturing these hearts around the year 1902, but …

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Are Snakes Shifty or Maligned?

By all account’s snakes are shy, nervous and fast. There are more than 3,500 species and twenty percent of the snakes of the world are dangerous to humans. And the thought of snakes scares Americans the most too, beating out public speaking, fear of heights, thunder and lighting, and the dark.    Ophidiophobia (pronounced: AW-fi-dee-a-foe-bee-a from the Greek) is a specific phobia, an abnormal fear of snakes (also referred to …

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What Are the Elgin Marbles?

To find out what the Elgin Marbles are we have to first examine ancient history.  The ‘cradle of the western world’ is a saying used to describe Ancient Greece.  For thousands of years many of the things we do and say today have its origins back to Greek law, art, literature, and political thought.  In architecture, for example, many major cities today have a building that is due in large …

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Beaver Wars: The Virtues of the Animal North Americans Fought for Centuries

Beavers are often called, “Animals of mass destruction.”  Can that be?  They are cute and furry, why all the fuss?  North Americans have had a love-hate relationship with beavers for centuries.  Humans love the beaver’s fur, yet they hate the destruction beavers do to the environment.  Although today, that sentiment is changing.  Let’s look at who the beavers are and …

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Games and Puzzles in Mathematics for the Elementary Classroom

National Game and Puzzle Week is celebrated from November 21st thru the 27th and National Puzzle Day is January 29th. It’s a time to discover all types of “Arithmetricks” in the classroom by playing games and puzzles in mathematics that stimulate analytical thinking and challenge kids’ problem-solving skills. Below are a few ideas to try. …

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Norman Rockwell’s Legacy

Norman Rockwell documented American life not with a camera or a pen but with illustrations that we all wished we could do as well.  He created illustrations using models, but his models were from his hometown—they weren’t always pretty but they always had character.  In fact, he was a character and should he be called upon to describe himself, he would say as he has said before, …

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Reindeer Games and Activities for the Primary Grades

Reindeer Games and Activities for the Primary Grades

Focus on fun as you spotlight one of the season’s favorite animals – the reindeer. Children hear about the famous Rudolph during Christmas and wonder if reindeer can really fly. Teach your students about this animal through reindeer games and other movement activities. Handprint Reindeer Hats Prior to the movement games, invite the children to …

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