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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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 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!  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  This post is your one-stop shop for effective and engaging lessons that will teach,

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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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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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These vocabulary games for ESL students provide a fun way to practice target vocabulary words. Some games are best for individual students, some games are collaborative, and some games are competitive. Regardless, your students are sure to have fun and be engaged while playing these vocabulary games!

Vocabulary Games for ESL Students

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Ilinca from the blog Grumpy Dumpling! She’s sharing a fantastic list of vocabulary games for ESL students. Be sure to comment and let us know which ones you play! Teaching English or any other foreign language to kids should be all about fun! Apart from songs and stories, games are the perfect way to make your lessons fun

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Literary terms aren't the most fun topic, and there are a lot of them, so they can be hard to remember. These activities for teaching literary terms are fun, engaging, and authentic.

Activities for Teaching Literary Terms

We’re welcoming back Sharon, from Classroom in the Middle, to Minds in Bloom today. Sharon’s sharing her insight on how to make teaching literary terms effective and engaging. Does just the idea of teaching literary terms to another group of middle grade kids make you want to forget about lesson planning and curl up in front of a good movie instead? Teaching (or learning) any

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Teaching word problems is often the most challenging part of the curriculum for a math teacher. This veteran teacher shares nine tips and tricks for teaching word problems to help your students master them and to make them less challenging for you to teach!

9 Tips and Tricks for Teaching Word Problems

Hi! I’m Jo-Ellen from Love Believe Teach with Jo-Ellen Foody, and I’m delighted to be guest blogging for Rachel Lynette. Let’s talk about…word problems. I can start by telling you that I love teaching children how to solve word problems, but I won’t. Word problems are hard. Two-step word problems are even harder, and teaching how to solve them might be the most challenging skill

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When is the last time you reflected on your teaching strategies? Have you considered whether you're a drill-and-kill teacher? Learn alternative methods to teach repetition that are more fun and involve play.

Am I a Drill and Kill Teacher?

Please welcome Joy, from The Teacher down the Hall, to Minds in Bloom today. She’s exploring the idea of drill and kill in instruction and how teachers can find more effective ways to build mastery. The makers of Prevnar 13 are asking: What if one push-up could prevent heart disease? What if one stalk of broccoli could protect you from cancer? My adopted textbook company seems to

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Our guest blogger shares a variety of ways that you can teach with board games in your classroom. She also lists a number of board games by content area. Click through to read all of her excellent game suggestions!

How to Teach with Board Games

Please welcome today’s guest blogger, Amy from Teaching Ideas 4U. Her guest post about board games not only fits right in with our new “because learning should be fun” tagline, but it will also inspire you to let loose a little and teach in an unconventional way! Enjoy!   Hello!  My name is Amy Mezni, and I love board games.  Love them.  We have so

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Overwhelmed by all of the educational apps available? Our guest blogger has narrowed down her list to the only five apps you need. See what you think of the apps on her list!

The Only 5 Apps You Need

Hello Everyone! I am Erin from rrrErin2Learn and am so excited to be guest blogging for Minds in Bloom! I can’t remember life before I started focusing on ed tech in my classroom, but it was only two years ago that my technology administrator handed me a couple of iPads and the password to download “ALL THE FREE APPS I WANTED!” I admit, I went

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It's often hard enough to find time to squeeze in vocabulary instruction, and when you do find the time, it's a challenge to make it fun. Our guest blogger shares a variety of tips not only about how to make time for vocabulary instruction but also about ways to make vocabulary instruction engaging.

How to Make Vocabulary Instruction Engaging

Dawn is our guest blogger today, and she’s sharing her ideas on how to make vocabulary instruction engaging for our students. Read on to see what she suggests, and be sure to comment with which strategy you can’t wait to try in your classroom! Abolitionist, expedition, alliance, excerpt – all of these are words your students are expected to read and understand in Social Studies.

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Classroom parties no longer need to be a stressor now that you have this list of eight party games with minimal prep and instructions. Get to playing!

8 Party Games Good for Any Time of the Year

Hi there, friends… I’m Melissa from More Time 2 Teach, and I’m so excited to be visiting today as a guest blogger for Minds in Bloom! With so many holiday and class parties happening throughout the school year, I’m always looking for games to play that are simple, easy to setup, and LOADS OF FUN! The eight games that I’m going to share with you

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Sometimes we need to change up our instructional routines to increase student engagement. This post from HoJo is sure to be helpful for making that happen, as she shares 10 ways to make learning fun and engaging for our students! I love her ideas, so click through to get the full list of suggestions!

10 Ways to Make Learning Fun and Engaging

Hi there! My name is Heather, and I blog over at HoJo’s Teaching Adventures! We all know that in today’s high stakes testing world, it can be hard to make learning fun and engaging. That’s why I want to share 10 ways to make learning fun with all of you here at Minds in Bloom today. So, let’s get started! 10 Ways to Make Learning

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Using task cards in the classroom doesn't have to be boring or uneventful. This guest blogger shares 10 exciting, interactive ways task cards can be used to get your students showing mastery while having fun!

Using Task Cards in the Classroom

Hi!  I’m Lyndsey from Lit with Lyns, and I’m thrilled to be doing a guest post on Minds in Bloom.  Over the past couple of years, I have become somewhat (ok, extremely) obsessed with using task cards in my classroom.  It started when I purchased Julie Faulkner’s Cite Textual Evidence Teaching Pack that included task cards.  Once I saw how engaged my students were, I

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This list of summer projects for teachers and their kids will help your family have lots of time doing fun activities this summer and bonding together.

Summer Projects for Teachers and Their Kids

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome Sharon from Classroom in the Middle! Enjoy her post full of ideas for different projects that you can do with your kids during the summer months! One summer, a project of mine was to learn to make pizza dough from scratch. Another summer, it was to learn to use Photoshop. (Years later, that project is still in the

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