Critical Thinking in Literature Read Aloud #1

  Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a knapsack on her back. She didn’t like discomfort; even picnics were untidy and inconvenient: all those insects and the sun melting the icing on the cupcakes. Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not be just running from

Make It Matter

Today, I toured  a university campus with my college-bound son. When the student tour guide was talking about the university’s science program, her eyes lit up when she told us how she was taking Biology 101, and even though the experiments the students were doing in their labs were very basic, the results were being used as part of a research project that she professor

Read about these different ways to promote active listening in your classroom. You can incorporate movement, brain breaks, games, and more to make sure that your students are listening and following along.

Ways to Promote Active Listening in Your Classroom

Often, we talk, they listen…or don’t listen. It can be hard to tell (or sometimes blatantly easy – if they are falling asleep). When you are doing a lesson that requires a lot of teacher instruction, how can you keep everyone engaged? Here are some ideas.     Pick a Random Kid Use popsicle sticks with your students’ names on them or some other way to generate a

Phone Spelling – Fun Free Activity!

Here is a fun way for students to practice their spelling words using a phone keypad. Students use the letters on the keypad to create a number for each word. To make the activity more challenging, have students translate their words into numbers and then switch papers to solve. Just be sure they mix up the words. This worksheet, plus another version to use with

fun would you rather questions to use in the classroom

"Hunger Games" Would You Rather Questions

Got a few extra minutes? Here are some fun Would you Rather Questions to use with your students once you have read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.   If you are looking for another fun Hunger Games activity, try Panem to Panem, a game based on The Hunger Games and inspired by the popular party game Apples to Apples®. Would You Rather… 1 Have Katniss for a friend

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