5 Main Ideas to Teach Main Idea in Elementary

It may seem silly to read about ideas to help you teach main idea! It seems like such a simple… well… idea! But, even though the main idea of a text is the most central and important underlying idea, it can often be difficult for young students to recognize. Most main idea practice is just that – practice. Many textbook worksheets have students read a

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Remote Learning Free Workshop

FREE Remote Learning Workshop – 6 Doable Lessons

Remote Learning:How You Can Use Regular Resources to Teach Students Even When They’re Not in the Classroom It’s official.  Hundreds of districts have shut their school doors, and students will be remote learning in the coming weeks. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of teaching your students in a remote learning setting, then this free workshop might be the perfect way to help you

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13 Super Helpful Tips to Make Math Workshop Work for You

I am so thrilled to welcome award-winning teacher, Cassi Noack! Cassi is at expert at creating math activities that are both fun and effective. Today, she will share her tips for making Math Workshop work in your classroom. How to Have a Successful Math Workshop Long before I ever heard the words “Math Workshop,” I was doing it in my class.  I was lucky enough

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Admit it: STEM challenges worry you, and you intentionally avoid them. There's no reason to do that! STEM challenges are an excellent learning tool for ALL students. This post details five reasons you might be avoiding them and lots of tips to help you overcome those reasons.

5 Reasons You Hate STEM Challenges

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Kerry Tracy! She’s addressing why many teachers (only think they) hate STEM challenges and how teachers can approach them differently in order to use them as a successful learning tool. You are probably reading this because you’ve watched that teacher down the hall doing STEM challenges. The kids are always talking about it, but it looks like a

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How to Inspire a Love of Research in Your Students

We are thrilled to welcome Chloe from Lucky Chlover Writing to Minds in Bloom today! Chloe has written a really informative and insightful blog post about how to inspire a love of research in your students. If you’ve had a hard time engaging your students in research projects and informative writing, then you definitely want to keep reading to learn from Chloe! If you teach

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Why Visuals Are Important for ELLs

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome Nikki Lubing to the blog today! Nikki has experience teaching English language learners in foreign countries, and she’s written an extremely helpful post for our readers about why visuals are important for ELLs. Keep reading to learn her tips and suggestions! Have you ever been in a full immersion foreign language class? If you have, then you understand

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Mental Math Activities Every Math Teacher Needs

Mental math may seem like an ingrained skill that doesn’t require practice or development. But, elementary students who are still growing may lack the capacity to solve math problems in their head. Practicing mental math prepares students for harder math equations and also helps them to solve equations more quickly and accurately. Without the help of a calculator or scratch paper, students have to rely

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5 Tips for Implementing Authentic Project-Based Learning

Minds in Bloom is excited to have RuthAnn Lane from Learning Lane guest posting for us today! RuthAnn has written a great blog post all about authentic project-based learning in the classroom. As an experienced PBL educator herself, RuthAnn shared some really fantastic tips and insight! Keep reading to learn from her and to get ideas for implementing PBL yourself. A few years ago, I

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In today’s world of digital media, our students often only hear about current events in passing, sometimes even over social media. Utilize these 23 no-fuss printable worksheets and activities to engage your students in the learning process while teaching current events in the upper elementary classroom! #currentevents #upperelementary #teachingcurrentevents

17+ Ideas for Teaching Current Events in Upper Elementary

In today’s world of digital media (mostly social media), our students often only hear about current events in passing. For instance, they may overhear a parent stream a news story broadcast on Facebook Live or accidentally catch a few seconds of the six o’clock news while flipping the Smart TV input to Netflix. Long gone are the times when a family would gather like clockwork

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Teach close reading with these tips and strategies.

3 Effective Close Reading Strategies for Informational Text

Ask many students how they feel about close reading informational text, and they’ll tell you it’s a bore. Informational text is full of just that, information. Without a fun story or interesting characters, some view it as a one-way ticket to Snoozeville. Throw in close reading strategies, and you’ve entered the Humdrum House. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Well chosen informational text

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Help your students grow their reading comprehension skills with the tips and suggestions in this blog post about how to help students read more deeply! As teachers, we know there are many ways to work on reading comprehension strategies with our elementary students. We want to be sure they're reading deeply and pulling meaning from what they're reading. Click through to read this post about ways to help students read more deeply!

5 Easy Ways to Help Students Read More Deeply

Hey teacher friends! This is Tanya G. Marshall from The Butterfly Teacher! I am so excited to guest post again for Minds in Bloom! It is an honor to join this community of passionate educators who are looking for ways to engage students and improve learning. This post shares tips for helping students read more deeply and comprehend better. These close reading strategies can be

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