March 2012 - Minds in Bloom

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Task cards or flashcards can also be used with games with great success. These three free game boards incorporate task cards to have students learning and having fun while they do so! Click through to learn about each game board and to download them FREE!

3 Free Game Boards!

Lately, several teachers have asked for ideas for different ways to use task cards. I am working on a project to address that question more fully, but in the meantime I created these three game boards that you can use for reinforcing skills in almost any subject. Each game includes student instructions, along with the game board. Just glue them into file folders, add task

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Celebrate the spring season by including these spring-themed writing prompts in your lessons. Your students will get to think creatively, and they'll practice essential writing skills while they do so! Click through to get your free writing prompts for spring here.

20 Spring Writing Prompts

Yippee, spring is finally here! Here are some spring writing prompts to keep those young minds engaged! What are some things you can do in the springtime that you cannot do during winter? Make a list of every sign of spring you can think of. Consider how spring looks, sounds, feels, and smells as you make your list. Actor Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s

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Ten Ideas for Teaching Fact and Opinion

Fact and opinion can be tricky. Fortunately, there are many great ways to teach this concept. Here is a list of nine of them (Editor’s Note: This list originally had 10 ideas, but one idea linked to a website that has since expired, making that suggestion useless). Read or display fact and opinion statements one at a time. Students hold up index cards with either “Fact”

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These free measurement task cards will help your student practice a variety of essential mathematics skills, as well as practice the skill of measurement. Plus, since they're task cards, you can use them in centers, as a review game, as partner work, and more!

FREE Measurement Task Cards!

I started off making a set of free task cards for upper elementary, but then I decided that the younger set should have some, too, so now there is something for almost everyone! Not only that, but both of these sets are also correlated with Common Core Standards. Measurement Task Cards for Grades 2-3 To complete these cards, your students will be measuring things around

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Find new and fun ways to get your kids writing by using these fun St. Patrick's Day-themed writing prompts. Your students will have fun writing while celebrating this holiday!

20 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Writing Prompts

Pretend that you have found a four-leaf clover that will bring you extraordinary good luck for exactly one day. Write about your lucky day. St. Patrick’s Day is not generally a gift-giving holiday like Mother’s Day or Christmas. Write a persuasive essay to convince people to give gifts on St. Patrick’s Day. Pretend that you can only eat green food on St. Patrick’s Day. Create

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Task cards are an amazing instructional tool, and they're extremely versatile. I love hearing how teachers use task cards in their classrooms, so I'm sharing two fun ways recently shared with me. Check them our to get inspiration for using task cards in your classroom!

Two Fun Ways to Use Task Cards

There are so many ways to use task cards: I have heard from teachers who use them in partners, with the whole class, and, of course, at centers. Here are pictures from two teachers who have graciously shared how they use task cards with their students.     Randy Seldomridge teaches in Granite Falls, NC. Here is what Randy says about the way he uses

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Tips for Partner Work

Ideally, partner work consists of two students enthusiastically working together on an activity, sharing ideas and treating each other with respect. Not only are these two students accomplishing the task before them, but they are also learning more about how to work cooperatively with others. However, partner work is not always ideal. Partners do not always get along, and sometimes one partner does the lion’s

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