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It’s Flag Day

Flag Day, June 14, is a day to honor and learn about the "Stars and Stripes." The American flag has a colorful history and interesting evolution. Flag Day recognizes the June day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United…

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Content Literacy In Math

Content Literacy in Math

As educators, we are aware of the importance of proper literacy skills our students need to acquire within their time spent in our classrooms. Teachers across the entire curriculum spectrum realize that they are responsible for producing learners who possess the literacy skills needed for the 21st Century. Literacy is…

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Making Writing Communicative

Students will focus on making their writing more communicative when they know the audience that they are writing for. Accordingly, children have an opportunity to share their writing with other students during the publishing stage of the writing process. Create a blog, so students can share their writing through the…

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School Gardens

School gardens are a wonderful and exciting way to make almost any classroom curriculum come alive and show “real-life” meaning to students as they learn! Students learn ecological principles and they help children make connections to Mother Earth. A garden can teach students responsibility, to respect nature and to learn to how to work together. Gardens have been proven to help students learn better and enhance test scores, and they can be an engaging way to meet Core Curriculum Content Standards.

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Nuts and Bolts of a Summer Reading Program

iStock_000005034618XSmall.jpgI worry about my students and hope that they will continue to read during the summer.  I have started a “READ” Campaign and hope you will join me.  Each student in my older grades had the opportunity to create a mini “READ”poster.  They will go home in every report at our school!  Whether you are a parent, librarian, or teacher, these ideas will help you with your summer reading program. Let’s get started with some ideas for an amazing individualized program!

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Space Pioneer: Celebrating Sally Ride Day

Sally Ride.pngOn May 26th, Sally Ride, the first American woman and youngest person to date to enter space, would have been 66 years old.  In 1983, she boarded the Challenger space shuttle and operated a robotic arm to get a space satellite–another first.  Her life symbolizes courage, endurance, and dedication to achieving what seemed to be the impossible.  She authored several children’s books, created programs to inspire girls to enter STEM-based careers, and taught as a professor, making a significant impact in the lives she touched.  Read on to find out the ways you can honor Sally Ride’s contribution to the advancement of space and women’s history in your classrooms.

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The Importance of Reading To a Child

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Did you know that 93% of adults in the United States read at or below the basic level needed to successfully navigate in our society! Yikes! For those of them who have children, they are responsible for their earliest language. Sadly, by the age of 3, a 30 million word gap has already been created. Reading to children, all children, regardless of socioeconomic status, is crucial. Reading aloud stimulates children’s imaginations, it expands their understanding of the world not to mention it develops their language and listening skills.

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Reading for Information Using Big6

Screen Shot 2017-05-21 at 6.06.44 PM.pngReading for information, research, or information literacy involves reading a variety of material, and having competencies such as being able to analyze, evaluate, and communicate information read into the written expression. The American Library Association defined Information Literacy as: “To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”

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Memorial Day: Activities Honoring Our Fallen

flag-958343_1920.jpgBeginning as Decorating Day for those Union and Confederate soldiers dying in the Civil War, Memorial Day is now a national holiday that honors those who died while actively serving in the military.  Giving the ultimate sacrifice, recognizing their contribution to the development of our nation enjoys because of their acts deserves attention and recognition within our classrooms.  Read below for ideas that’ll help you inspire your students to think beyond the typical things associated with this holiday–fireworks, cookouts, and parades.

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