November 2010 - Minds in Bloom

Get time-saving teaching tips, effective strategies, and awesome freebies right to your inbox!

Need ideas for holiday gifts for teachers, students, and parents? I've compiled a list of suggested gift ideas for each, and I've ranked them by ideas that I think are excellent down to ideas that you should avoid.

Holiday Gifts for Teachers, Students, and Parents

Gifts to make, gifts to buy. Writing from the point of view of both teacher and parent, here are my favorites: NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. For Teachers from Parents A big yes for gift cards, my personal favorites being a bookstore or Starbucks. Another terrific option is to order a gift card for Teachers Pay Teachers, where your child’s teacher

Read More »
The question, "What are you thankful for?" seems pretty basic at the outset. However, this post describes a lot of fun twists that you can add onto the end of it to encourage students to really think creatively about their answers. Try out a few questions as you prepare for Thanksgiving break!

What are You Thankful For? Ask it Better

“What are you thankful for?” asks the teacher, or the parent, or the Sunday school instructor, or Aunt Ethel, or Grandpa Joe, or the guy at the checkstand at the grocery store, and on, and on, and on. And what is the answer? My family, my home, my friends…maybe the toy of the moment. And these are all great answers, but you can get kids

Read More »

Dealing with Giggles

Sometimes kids laugh when they aren’t supposed to. Maybe you are doing a geography lesson on South America…and what is the name of the biggest lake? You just aren’t going to be able to say or write Lake Titicaca without getting some giggles. Maybe you are reading Sendak’s classic, In the Night Kitchen to a group of kindergarteners who are not going to miss the subtle

Read More »

Free Hanukkah Word Search and Matching Activity

Even though I am not a huge fan of word searches, I decided to make one about Hanukkah anyway. It has a vocabulary matching activity for 12 Hanukkah-related terms, which redeems it somewhat. I also included some “secret words” in the word search that are not on the word list (like the names of the Hebrew letters on a dreidel) that some kids may find on their

Read More »
The holidays are a special time of year, and we want to be sure to celebrate them all. This free Hanukkah activity is just one of 15 free holiday activities I've made available to my followers. Enjoy and Happy Hanukkah!

Free Holiday Activities for Your Students

I have decided to create about 15 free holiday-themed activities between now and about mid-December. The first one is a grid-style logic puzzle with a latke (Hanukkah) theme. I realize this may seem a bit early since Thanksgiving is still a few days away, but Hanukkah is really early this year! You can get the free logic puzzle here. I will continue to posts links to

Read More »

Stunning Hunger Games Literature Resource

First off, if you haven’t read this book yet, you must. Truly a wonderful piece of literature for teens as well as adults, and especially at this time of year. If you happen to be teaching The Hunger Games , you can get some great resources for this book as well as the other two in the trilogy from Tracee Orman. Her unit on the book  is one of the

Read More »
Are your students stuck in the routine of using the same words over and over in their writing? Read these tips on fun ways to get your students looking up synonyms to jazz up their writing. No more overused words in your classroom!

No More Overused Words

Getting students to stop using those tired, boring words can be a challenge. But word choice is one of the easiest ways to make a ho-hum essay, poem, or story into one that people will want to read. Here are some ideas for helping your students to choose better words: Make finding synonyms for overused words a class activity. This is a great way to practice

Read More »

Time-saving teaching tips, effective strategies, and freebies right to your inbox!

Stay updated with all latest updates & much more.
SIGN ME UP!
close-link