December 2009 - Minds in Bloom

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Word Fun with Bananagrams

I bought Bananagrams because I recently found myself at a very small bookstore, in a very small town where I killed an hour while my BF looked in great detail at a sailboat that he wasn’t going buy (just like the other 50 or so boats we’ve looked at, but I digress…), Anyway, after spending so much time there, I felt I should buy something

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Are you looking for no prep teaching materials? Rachel Lynette's Teachers Pay Teachers store has you covered! Click through for task cards and more!

No Prep Teaching Materials

I sell teaching materials that I have created on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you don’t know this site, you owe it to yourself to check it out. There are literally tens of thousands of teacher-created resources there, and many of them are offered for free! My products are all highly rated and very reasonably priced. You can see (and click on) my most recent products

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The Jewish Kid in Your Class

This post was written in 2009, but it is so very important every year, especially on the years that Hanukkah is extremely early. Sometimes Hanukkah begins before even Thanksgiving. Please, please, please as you celebrate the joys of the Christmas season, remember that Santa doesn’t visit every child in your class.  Here is what is not fun in kindergarten if you happen to be Jewish: Making an

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You know we love "Would you rather..." questions here at Minds in Bloom, so we made one just for Christmas, of course! Get your students thinking and practicing decision-making skills with these fun Christmas Would You Rather Questions.

Christmas Would You Rather Questions

Here are some fun “Would you rather…” questions to use during the holiday season. Would you rather… have to loudly sing the chorus of “Jingle Bells” every time you walk into a room for a week or have to wear a Santa suit to school every day for a week make presents for your family instead of buying them or make ornaments for your Christmas

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We have a lot of wall space in our classrooms, obviously, so what can we do with it? In this installment of The Creative Classroom series, I talk about what to do with walls. Click through to read my tips and suggestions for decorating your classroom!

The Creative Classroom – What to do with Walls

Aside from holding up the ceiling, walls can serve several purposes in your classroom. They can help to make the room a warm and inviting space in which kids feel comfortable. They can support learning, and they can show off student work. Here are some ideas for decorating yours: Consider Colors Make your walls colorful. Most teachers use butcher paper, but I’ve also seen wrapping paper

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Apples to Apples: The Best Family Game Ever

If you don’t already own Apples to Apples, please consider putting it on your family’s holiday gift list. Here is why, along with some tips for different ways to play if you are already familiar with the game:Everyone Plays at Once Even when it is not your turn, you are still actively participating. No one gets bored waiting for their turn. Tip: Sometimes players (usually

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This drawing activity will have your students practice giving directions for a drawing activity. Enlighten them on how important it is to be specific!

Giving Directions Drawing Activity

Here is a fun drawing activity to help kids analyze and improve how they communicate when giving directions.Pair kids up. Give them each clipboards, paper, and colored pencils or crayons. Then have the pairs sit back-to-back. Tell the pairs that they will each be drawing a picture. The goal of the activity is to make their pictures as similar as possible. Begin by having one

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Edublog Awards Nominations 2009

The educational blogosphere is vast and I am only beginning to explore. But I do want to contribute, so here are my nomination for the 2009 Edublog Awards: Best Individual Blog: Joanne Jacobs because she makes it possible for me to keep up. Best Teacher Blog: Musings from a Not So Master Teacher because he is so very interesting, creative, funny, irreverent and he makes

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The back of the classroom can sometimes feel like a wasted space, but there are lots of things that you can do with it. I'm sharing some ideas of what to do with the back of your creative classroom, so click through to read more!

The Creative Classroom – Got Your Back

Is this the back of the classroom? The front? Maybe a side wall? Can’t really tell, and that is what I like about it. One interesting way to use the back of your classroom is to not really have one. If you can teach from different places around the room, your classroom may not really have a back. However, most classrooms do. So here are

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This quick and fun creative writing idea will have your students pushing their brains and using their creativity to write a short paragraph without repeating any words!

Quick and Fun Creative Writing Idea

Happy Chyck posted this great idea in her post, Squeezing Good Writing Out of Them. It seems like a good one to try during these squirrely-before-break days. So here is the idea: Assign your students to write a 6-sentence paragraph with no repeating words. Great for coming up with creative alternatives and great for thesaurus use. And as Happy Chyck noted, students seem to enjoy

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Compassion: The Third “C”

It has occurred to me that Compassionate Thinking could be added to Creative Thinking and Critical Thinking as subject areas for Minds in Bloom. Certainly, it is at least as important, as the other two. In fact, a person who possesses the latter two qualities in spades without the first, aside from being a world-class jerk, could also be quite dangerous. So in addition to

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