July 2011 - Minds in Bloom

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If your school doesn't have a schoolwide procedure for restroom usage, then check out this list of ideas for bathroom passes and procedures.

5 Ideas for Bathroom Passes and Procedures

It would be great if kids would only use the bathroom at recess and lunch, but in the real world, kids often need to use the bathroom during class – sometimes at the most inconvenient times! Here are five ideas for managing this little inconvenience. Put your bathroom passes on lanyards. Require students to wear them around their necks when they go to the bathroom.

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Write a Poem by Rolling Dice!

Here is a fun activity that integrates creative writing with math by having students use dice to write a non-rhyming poem. Students will also get practice with syllables. You could do this as a whole class, if you have enough dice, or at a center. Here is what to do: Give each student a pair of dice. Students roll the dice and add them up

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8 Memory Tips to Use with Your Students

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome guest blogger Carmen Y. Reyes. This post originally appeared in the TpT seller forums and is reposted here with permission. Carmen specializes in tools for helping with classroom management, communication, learning disabilities, and understanding how students learn. She is clearly an expert in her field with years of relevant experience. Her ideas would benefit teachers in every subject

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Merry Christmas in July!

Here are some fun and free Christmas (and Hanukkah) activities from Minds in Bloom to tuck away in your files until December! Christmas Would You Rather Questions for Kids Christmas Analogy Fun Christmas Break Scavenger Hunt Twelve Days of Christmas Math Word Problems Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe Journal Prompt Grid Hanukkah Vocabulary Matching and Word Search Menorah Logic Puzzle You can find even more free Christmas activities over at

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This back to school "snowball" fight activity will have your students getting up and moving around the classroom to get to know each other. Extend the activity by repeating it with new facts--or use the same ones again!

Back to School “Snowball” Fight

Here is a quick and really fun get-to-know-you activity for the first week of school. Have each student take out a sheet of notebook paper and write three interesting, but not widely known, facts about him or herself. Students should not put their names on their papers. Then have the students crumple up their papers into balls and have a “snowball” fight. After about half

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Schools everywhere experience low teacher morale from time to time. It's always hard to raise spirits during these times, so here's something fun for staff that will help boost staff morale during those tough times.

Something Fun for the Staff

Here is a fun way to recognize colleagues who go above and beyond to be helpful. It involves creating a special award that is passed from person to person, often with much aplomb. To implement this program, find something you can use as an award – ideally something kitschy from a yard sale or a thrift shop. We used a duck made out of some sort of rattan material.

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Playing games is a great way to start off a new school year and help students break the ice with one another. This Get to Know You Jenga makes for the perfect icebreaker activity - and it's free! Click through to learn more in this blog post and to download your freebie.

Free – Get-to-Know-You Jenga!

Here is a fun way to take the game Jenga™ to a whole new level while helping your students to get to know each other better. Just download these free Jenga statement slips, cut them apart and tape them to the bottom of your Jenga™ blocks (great job for a student or parent helper).     Play the game as usual, but when a student pulls

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“Quotes” for Teachers

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” -Albert Einstein Famous quotes are a great resource to use in the classroom! You can use them on posters and banners, on worksheets, on parent notes, as writing prompts, in PowerPoints and so much more. But sometimes it can be hard to find just the right quote. Quote sites

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Observation Nature Walk

Here is a fun way for students (or campers, scouts, or whatever you have) to test their powers of observation while enjoying nature. A nature walk is also a great way to introduce the concept of camouflage. To do this activity, you will need a short stretch of trail in the woods, ideally one that is not used a great deal – a couple hundred feet is

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