how to teach prefixes and suffixes

15 Engaging Ways to Teach Prefixes and Suffixes

As you well know, your students need to have a clear understanding of prefixes and suffixes, but often these concepts (especially suffixes!) can be tricky to teach. Of course your activities need to be related to the standard, but you also want them to be fun! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This post is your one-stop shop for effective and engaging lessons that will

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Inspiring Children to Love Languages and Translation

Minds in Bloom is so excited to welcome Ofer Tirosh of Tomedes to the blog! Ofer has written a fantastic post discussing the importance of inspiring children to love languages and translation, including information on why kids’ brains are better adapted to learning languages (as opposed to adults’ brains) and games that you can play in the classroom to help students practice translation. We hope

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Standardized testing comes around every spring, and every year, teachers look for effective strategies for preparing their students for the tests. This blog post shares fun and effective ways to teach test-taking vocabulary, which is an important skill for students! Hint: Task cards are a big help! Click through to read this post for elementary teachers.

5 Fun and Effective Ways to Teach Test-Taking Vocabulary

The standardized testing season will be here before you know it.  Whether this time of year excites you or frightens you, it’s time to prepare your students for the big test. Teaching them test-taking vocabulary can really help. Not only will your students perform better on the text, they will also gain confidence in their abilities to understand and respond to difficult questions. Read on

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5 Easy Strategies for Developing Critical Thinkers

We’re excited to have Sydney from Love, Laugh, Teach guest posting for us today! Her post includes helpful insight and advice for developing critical thinkers in the classroom. As teachers, we all know how important critical thinking is, but sometimes it feels like an abstract concept to teach. Read on to learn Sydney’s suggestions! Developing critical thinkers in the classroom is essential to creating a

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As teachers, we all hear about building rapport with students as a classroom management tool. However, sometimes its importance is forgotten. This guest post shares five reasons your students need to like you in order to learn from you, but that is a key component to students' learning! Click through to read this blog post.

5 Reasons Your Students Need to Like You to Learn

It was 2008, my first year teaching kindergarten, and building rapport with students was not at the top of my to do list. I was excited, nervous, and mostly just lost! It wasn’t my first year of teaching. I had been in the classroom for four years; however, I taught Pre-Kindergarten and at a private preschool. This was public school. To top it off, I

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How to Write in Math Workshop

Writing and math aren’t often in the same sentence, but as many educators know, they should be! Teaching students how to write in math workshop is important, because through writing they can demonstrate their understanding of math problems and strategies. This guest post from Tracy at Wild Child Designs shares great tips for getting students writing in math through clear modeling, teacher guidance, and independent

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STEM is totally fun and engaging on its own, but you can kick up the learning and level of meaning even more by incorporating word games into your STEM subjects. This blog post shares a variety of vocabulary games teachers can use with STEM and STEAM students to help them learn relevant vocabulary. Click through to read the full post.

Word Games to Teach Kids STEM Subjects

STEM subjects are on the rise, and for good reasons. By studying science, technology, engineering, and math, kids will develop the skills needed for lucrative careers and to lead the next generation into the future. However, while parents and teachers see the benefits, kids aren’t sticking with STEM. Nearly a third of college students who began pursuing a STEM degree transferred out of the field.

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This giveaway is over, but don’t despair because I don’t want you to walk away empty handed. Grab this exclusive and limited time freebie, just for stopping by!    It’s back to school time and you could win some serious $$$ to spend on your favorite back to school products! Just enter this give away for your chance to win one of 7 gift cards.

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Here's an idea you may not have considered before: Try adding academics to video games! As teachers, we often encourage students to find other hobbies and topics of discussion besides video games, but as our guest blogger points out, there are a number of ways to add academics to video games. Click through to read more about her ideas and insight for activities based on video games!

5 Easy Ways to Add Academics to Video Games

We are excited to welcome Erin to the blog today! Erin has written a really inspiring post about ways to add academics to video games, which is something I’m sure many teachers would shy away from. Read on to learn more about Erin’s ideas and suggestions! At the end of the school year last May, a parent asked to speak to me after class. She

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Nonfiction text features is an overwhelming topic to teach in English language arts, especially because it's not a very exciting topic and because there are so many. However, our guest blogger has broken down how to teach nonfiction text features into bite-sized, easy steps to make it accessible for both teachers and students. Click through to learn more about these strategies for upper elementary classrooms!

Nonfiction Text Features: Books and Lesson Ideas

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of teaching all of the different nonfiction text features? Don’t be! We’re excited to have Molly from the Sassy Apple guest blogging for us today, and Molly has written an excellent post all about how to successfully teach nonfiction text features. Her ideas are accessible for both teachers and students, and she’s included a freebie at the end.

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Quiver is an educational app that can be used in any subject area in classrooms everywhere. Teachers and librarians can provide students with coloring sheets, which turn 3-D when used with the Quiver app! Click through to learn more about how this librarian used it in her Library lessons.

Quiver in the Classroom: Augmented Reality App

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to have Ann from Little Library of Learning guest blogging for us today! Ann has written a great post for us all about an incredible app called Quiver. When you’re using Quiver in the classroom (or in the library), you provide your students with coloring sheets and assign them to color them in a way that aligns with your lesson

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Classroom Management Tips for High-Poverty Students

Minds in Bloom is excited to welcome Michelle from The IgnitED Teacher to our blog today! Michelle has written a really helpful post about classroom management tips for high-poverty students. Classrooms where the population of students is at-risk tend to be common places for struggles with behavior management, which is often understandable when you consider that students frequently choose to misbehave to distract from the

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Are you concerned that a student in your class has dyslexia? Our guest blogger in this post is sharing a free dyslexia screener that will help you determine if your student or child needs to receive formal evaluation. Click through to get more details about the screener and to learn more about supporting students with dyslexia.

Does My Student Have Dyslexia?

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to have Dr. Erica Warren back to the blog today. Dr. Warren is sharing information about screening students for dyslexia and how to support them if and when a formal diagnosis is given. Continue reading to learn more!   When considering the estimates that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia and that there are successful teaching methods available for this

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As teachers, one of our main jobs is classroom management. We need our learning environments to be safe and respectful to encourage learning. But, sometimes, things get out of hands, and we can seem to get students to listen without yelling at them. This post shares tips for avoiding yelling in the classroom. Click through to add more classroom management techniques to your tool kit!

How to Get Your Students to Listen Without Yelling

We are so excited to have Tanya from The Butterfly Teacher guest blogging for us today! Tanya has written an excellent post about an important topic: getting your students to listen without yelling. Give her post a read, and we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. Let’s begin with a little visualization exercise: Imagine

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Those of you who follow Minds in Bloom know I don’t do many group giveaways, but this one was just too good to pass up! I love this giveaway because you have many opportunities to win! Another great thing about this one is the prizes. You could win: A $200 Teachers Pay Teachers Giftcard A $100 Amazon Giftcard One of two $100 Teachers Pay Teachers

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