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There are lots of creative ways for teaching dollars and cents. Rachel explores several games and activities that can be use to teach this important skill.

Ideas for Teaching Dollars and Cents

Counting coins, making change, and solving money word problems are all important skills. Here are some ideas to help you teach them! Counting Coins First off, manipulatives are the way to go, ideally real coins and “play” dollars, but the plastic version is okay. It is fun and satisfying to handle real money, and it echoes real life. This cannot be said for pictures of coins on

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This list of ideas for teaching homophones will not only have your students mastering them before you know it, but they'll also have them learning and practicing homophones in fun, authentic ways! Teaching homophones doesn't need to be a challenge!

Ideas for Teaching Homophones plus a Freebie!

Eye love teaching homophones! Their are sew many fun activities, and as wee all no, it is an important skill four students two learn inn order too right correctly and meat Common Core Standards. Hear are sum ideas: Create Double Homophone Sentences My third graders had a ball with these. The challenge is to put both homophones into one sentence: Can you see the birds

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Free Back to School Ice Breaker

Free Back to School Ice Breaker!

It is getting to that time of year again so I decided to put my own spin on an old favorite. I am sure you have seen this BINGO style Get-to-Know-You activity before. I love the activity, but I found that many of the ones available are not all that visually appealing. Further, many are specific to a geographical region or are focused on student

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Task cards or flashcards can also be used with games with great success. These three free game boards incorporate task cards to have students learning and having fun while they do so! Click through to learn about each game board and to download them FREE!

3 Free Game Boards!

Lately, several teachers have asked for ideas for different ways to use task cards. I am working on a project to address that question more fully, but in the meantime I created these three game boards that you can use for reinforcing skills in almost any subject. Each game includes student instructions, along with the game board. Just glue them into file folders, add task

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FREE Elf Hunt Christmas Week Activity!

Here is a fun game to play with your students during that last week before the holiday break. Just print and cut out the twelve numbered elves and hide them around your classroom. Tell your students that twelves elves are hiding in the classroom, and it is their job to find them. During the week, students can search for the elves whenever they have a few

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Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Challenge! Fun and FREE

Click here to get some free Thanksgiving-themed writing paper! Looking for an Engaging Thanksgiving activity? When I first started creating challenge worksheets, I was blown away by how many teachers said they loved them! So, I decided to create a similar activity for Thanksgiving. Your students will love this fun combination of creative thinking, trivia/research, and math. You can use it in class as bell

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Fact Swap Freebie!

Here is a fun game you can play with your class to review a unit you are studying or maybe to debrief after a guest speaker, a field trip, or a lesson in which a lot of information has been presented. You could actually play this game on notebook paper or by having students draw a nine-square grid on their papers, or you could download

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How do you generate discussion in your classroom? The same old techniques? I suggest switching things up with "would you rather" questions! These provide excellent opportunities for creative and critical thinking, and they encourage lively discussion and sometimes even debate. This post explores "would you rather" questions, how you can use them, and why you should consider using them. Click through to read more!

Exploring “Would You Rather…” Questions

Would you rather… teach a year of third grade using no books or print media of any kind? or teach a year of third grade using no pencils, whiteboard, or writing materials of any kind? Click the image to get your own free copy of ready-to-use and ready-to-make Would You Rather slides.   “Would you rather…” questions are great for practicing critical thinking because they require

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This back to school "snowball" fight activity will have your students getting up and moving around the classroom to get to know each other. Extend the activity by repeating it with new facts--or use the same ones again!

Back to School “Snowball” Fight

Here is a quick and really fun get-to-know-you activity for the first week of school. Have each student take out a sheet of notebook paper and write three interesting, but not widely known, facts about him or herself. Students should not put their names on their papers. Then have the students crumple up their papers into balls and have a “snowball” fight. After about half

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