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Coordinate Grid Team Building Activity

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To kick off the second semester, and to give my math students a team-building experience, I decided to do a hands-on activity with coordinate grids.  I did this with a mixed-ability group of 5th and 6th graders. Set up I put a sample coordinate grid up on the document camera, and told the students thatRead more

Using the World as Your Classroom

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Field trips take time, planning, and a little bit of bravery on the part of the accompanying teachers.  Is it really worth all of the hassle and resources it takes to bring students on field trips?  We believe that field trips offer advantages that cannot be equaled in the classroom setting.  Here are a fewRead more

Looks Like, Sounds Like – Character Trait Anchor Chart

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What is a Looks Like/Sounds Like Chart? A“Looks Like, Sounds Like” anchor chart is a great way to discuss character traits or academic traits that you’d like to emphasize in your class. What Age/Grade Range is Appropriate for This Activity? I especially enjoy the effectiveness of this activity for students in Grades 2-4. You canRead more

7 Reasons You Need to Teach Cursive

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With the rise of technology and the multitude of standards that teachers are asked to cover, cursive writing has quickly fallen by the wayside.  Some of the high school students I’ve worked with type all of their work and have little or no experience with cursive writing.  While technically a legal “signature” may be printedRead more