Read Me a Story The most common form of storytelling is reading books. Select books that tell stories about people, places, history, and events. Enlist the help of your librarian to compile a variety of books from which your students can choose – the selections are endless. Read aloud to your students daily, but also allow students to choose a book and read it to their peers. Tell Me a Story Telling a story orally is the root of our storytelling tradition.
We need to raise a new generation of citizens who reflect responsible, respectful, and compassionate behavior. Here are some character building activities to bring to your classroom.
Music’s effect on learning has long been recognized as research has reinforced the relationship between music and cognitive development. Because music affects both the left and right brain, it involves the whole child. Why not incorporate STEAM learning as you make DIY instruments in the classroom?
On May 16 each year, we celebrate the anniversary of Samuel Johnson and his biographer James Boswell in 1763. This is the perfect time to introduce biographies to your class through books and engaging your students in a biographer/biographee relationship project.
At an International Day at a STEM charter school, each class focused on a single country with information, artifacts and food. What impressed me were the “make and take” crafts involving STEAM skills in relation to a craft that symbolized the country. Here are a few ideas from this amazing event.
Kids love holidays, but some months like September do not have any major ones. So, it’s time to think about unofficial holidays and celebrations to entertain your students and create crafts to go along with the date. Here are a few unofficial celebrations to consider in your classroom.
By second grade, most children know a lot about winter. They know about animals that hibernate, that the weather becomes colder and outdoor activities change. However, not many can explain why we have winter. Here is a lesson to help them understand the answer.
Glyphs are a thought-provoking way to show several pieces of data at once. In this lesson, first graders will work with a partner to design a snowman based on a series of instructions.
Aerodynamics is a big word for second graders. But learning about aerodynamics can be a fun hands-on lesson. First, we will read a book together and then use our knowledge.
When mental math is required, the best technique to accomplish this objective is practice…practice…practice. But how do you keep the students interested when practicing this skill? Make it fun! Here are several activities that are quick, easy and effective.