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Thanksgiving Activities

10 FREE (and AWESOME!) Thanksgiving Activities You Can Download Now

Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Your Elementary Students Tired of the same old “trace your hand” Thanksgiving Activities? This post has lots of ideas to spice up the holiday season. (Did the word spice make you want a latte like it did me?) Check out the freebies we’ve included, and grab as many as you’ll use. Critical Thinking Thanksgiving Activities Thanksgiving Analogies Analogies are fun little

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Thanksgiving Mystery Classroom Activity Readers Theater

Mysteries in the Classroom

There’s a story and a ton of memories behind one of my all-time best-selling resources! Here’s what inspired it! https://minds-in-bloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/turkey-commercial.mp4#t=5 Murder Mystery Parties & Other Fun Stuff A couple years ago, I hosted a murder mystery party for my daughter’s 16th birthday.  She is a theater kid, as are her friends, so it seemed like the perfect party! AND IT WAS! The only problem was

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4 Easy Steps to Make a Kahoot

You and Your Students Can Make a Kahoot in 4 Super Easy Steps

You (and your students) can make a Kahoot in no time flat! If you haven’t yet played Kahoot with your students, it’s about time!  Kahoot is a gamified way of practicing just about any skill with your students.  It’s fast-paced, super engaging, and will leave kids begging to practice their skills again. Kahoot’s quiz format encourages students to answer questions carefully  in order climb the

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100,000 Teacher Friends

**UPDATE 10-28-20 This celebration was fun, but all good things must come to an end! We’re looking forward to the next one! Days Hours Minutes Seconds MINDS IN BLOOM HAS 100,000 REASONS TO CELEBRATE! For the last 14 years, Minds in Bloom has existed to help teachers be the best educators they can be.  We’re pleased to announce that we have just surpassed 100,000 followers

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Arts Education Week

51 Benefits of Art Education for Kids

Arts Education: Benefits That Must Be Saved As an educator, there’s truly no better feeling than helping children succeed. Proper support and learning techniques are an important part of the process, but that’s not all that’s needed. Studies have shown that kids thrive when they have opportunities for fun, diverse, hands-on education — the kind that art, music, and theater classes naturally encourage. When the

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Ghost zeros and ghost decimals

Ghost Decimals and Ghost Zeros

https://minds-in-bloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/ghost-zeros-video.mp4 Download a FREE Craftivity! Two different versions: 1 for adding & subtracting with decimals & 1 for dividing with decimals I always ask the students “What sound does a ghost make?” When they say “ooooo,” I spookily ask them if they think it’s a coincidence ghost zeros spell oooooo. Ghost Zeros Exist- In Decimals that is! Every fall, as the air gets crisp and

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Would You Rather Questions

Using Would You Rather With Kahoot

Click here to grab 10 free Would You Rather slides and 10 “make your own” slides. Would You Rather…. “Would You Rather” is a game that students love! It’s definitely fun and engaging, but did you know there are lots of added benefits to playing this game? Would You Rather helps students develop skills that will last them a lifetime including: Critical thinking skills Respectful

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Halloween Math Activities

Gamifying Your Regular Assignments

Get this activity for FREE! Gamify your classroom by taking a worksheet and making it more fun! We all have textbooks, quizzes, old worksheets, and tons of task cards that we can use to gamify our classroom! While these resources definitely are important to a student’s learning, sometimes you just need a little more fun! Take, for instance, HALLOWEEN DAY! As I was thinking about

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How to Use TpT’s new Digital Activity Feature

Why use an annotation tool? An annotation tool allows you to turn print resources into digital resources. It provides a way for students to mark their answers on worksheets or activities without the need for printers and pencils. This type of resource is invaluable when remote teaching or when your district limits the number of paper copies you can use in your classroom.  Watch the

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Distance Learning Math

Using Our Math Kits with Distance Learning

Math Workshop doesn’t have to be hard! Since my very first year teaching, I’ve been obsessed with student-centered classrooms.  I found that hosting a math workshop was the best way to keep kids having fun and learning. But, as much as I wanted a true math workshop format in my class, I was  limited by my lack of resources. The textbook just didn’t cut it. 

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Organizing Your Google Classroom

Customizing Your Google Classroom Headers

Honest Truth: Organizing my pantry is something I NEVER do- well almost never. But on those very rare occasions that I break down and do it, I feel like a brand new woman! There’s just something about how order and beauty (well, as beautiful as cans of veggies and boxes of cereal can be) makes you feel. Keeping your Google Classroom organized can give you

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