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What's a fun and engaging way to get your students to write? A top ten writing activity! These are often very appealing to students, because they like to rank things, and they can be used in lots of different ways. Click through to read this post with my suggestions for all of the different ways that you can use a top ten writing activity in your class.

Try a Top Ten Writing Activity

Have you tried having your students write top 10 lists yet? I love top 10 lists for several reasons: Use for Critical Thinking Top 10 lists require higher level thinking, as students must evaluate different options, weighing one against another to decide not only what to include but also the order of the items they do choose. You can also extend the activity by asking students to justify

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7 FREE Creative and Critical Thinking Activities

Looking for some fun after-testing creative and critical thinking activities? Try these seven ready-to-use printables! This is actually a mini-sampler, as each activity has been pulled from one of my other critical and creative thinking skills products. They all work fine as stand-alone activities and will give you a taste of some other great activities available in my TpT store.   Download yours for free

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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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Use this list of 20 Valentine's Day writing prompts to bring writing into your class this holiday. Your students will feel--and express!--the love.

20 Great Valentine’s Day Writing Prompts

Here are some interesting writing prompts to try with your students this week: Write about a person that you love. What makes this person special? We often say that we “love” something. For example, “I love chocolate.” What is the difference between loving a person and loving a thing or activity? Do you think that animals feel love? Do you think a dog can feel

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A pensee poem is a fun poem used to described a particular subject. Each line is comprised of a certain count of syllables. Challenge your students with this free pensee poem. Click through to download it now!

Free Pensee Poem Activity

Kitten Soft and fluffy Meows until I pet her There on my favorite pillow Purring with contentment. A pensee poem is a 5-line, non-rhyming patterned poem that is both fun and easy to create! Like many other poem patterns, it is a great opportunity to practice syllables. Here is the pattern for writing a pensee: Line 1: Subject (2 syllables) Line 2: Description (4 syllables) Line

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You're back from winter break, and both you and your students are feeling the blues about vacation being over. Why not ease them back into the school routine with some of these fun back from winter break writing prompts? Get them thinking creatively and writing willingly with this list of 20 free writing prompts!

20 Back from Winter Break Writing Prompts

Two whole weeks without school…what have those kids been doing all that time? What are they looking forward to in the new year? One great way to find out is to have your students write about it! I got a little help from some of my friends on Facebook to compile this list of 20 interesting prompts to start your writing year off right! Write

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Learn how to make waxed snowflakes with your class! While this does take some care and ground rules, your students will enjoy this fun craftivity, and the snowflakes will last for many years to come!

Easy and Beautiful Waxed Snowflakes

Dipping ordinary paper snowflakes in wax will not only give them a subtle sheen, but it will also make them durable enough to be used year after year. In addition, it makes them somewhat waterproof so that they will not be ruined by condensation if you put them on a window. After you have cut your snowflakes, slowly heat household wax in a frying pan

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Engaging in the arts is undeniably an integral part of children's development. When children participate in different arts, like drawing, painting, or playing instruments, they learn to think in new and creative ways and make connections they otherwise would not have made. Click through to learn more about the importance of the arts in children's development.

The Importance of Arts in Children’s Development

Minds in Bloom is happy to welcome guest blogger Elaine Hirsch! Elaine’s article on art in education is an important reminder why we should not let art go by the wayside, even in the current environment of strict adherence to academic standards and over-testing.   Arts education is an important component of any child’s development because it teaches  teamwork, analytic, and creative skills. These skills

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Looking to add a little educational fun to your Halloween celebration? These Witches' Brew activities will have your students writing and doing math!

Halloween Fun with Witches’ Brew

Witches’ Brew is such a fun concept to work with because so many disgusting things can go into it. Here are three fun ideas for using Witches’ Brew: Add a Verse Primary students will love Hap Palmer’s song, “Witches’ Brew.” You can see the lyrics and listen to the song right here on Songs for Teaching. In addition to learning the song, you can make up

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Curiosity and exploration are two essential aspects of learning and development that seem to be slowly disappearing. Our guest blogger shares five tips to foster curiosity that encouraging children to explore, so that they can expand their knowledge and learn intrinsically.

Encouraging Children to Explore: Five Tips to Foster Curiosity

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome guest blogger Natalie Hunter, who offers some tips to foster curiosity. I especially appreciate the tips under “Expect More.”   Teachers everywhere, from little red schoolhouses to the top online schools, often struggle to motivate young students to learn from various situations. The answer is not found in a formula of do’s and don’t’s but is cultivated in a relationship.

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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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20 Creative Questions to Ask Kids

Asking open-ended, engaging questions is a great way to get to know your students and for them to get to know each other. Use these ones as discussion prompts or as writing prompts for journals or notebooks. How would life be different if there were no electricity? List three different ways. Explain a flower to someone who has never seen or heard of one before.

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Saying "thank you" can be more exciting and personalized than writing a simple note. Read this list for thank you note ideas that includes crafts, multi-media, and other creative ideas!

10 Fun and Creative Thank You Note Ideas

Writing thank you notes for holiday gifts doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are 10 creative thank you note ideas to help make writing thank yous fun! Make thank you notes into an art project: Get out the crayons, the glitter, and the glue. Have your child make a picture (ideally incorporating the gift), and then write a note underneath or on the back.

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