No Child Left Inside

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October 13 through October 19 is Earth Science Week. Earth Science Week, celebrated since 1988, is the opportunity to promote the understanding of earth sciences and every citizen’s role in stewardship of our earth. This year’s theme is No Child Left Inside.  One place to find many lesson ideas is on the Earth Science Week … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: Story Maker

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Story Maker is a simple digital storytelling tool for elementary students to write a story. Students can practice their writing skills, add color, add additional pages, and then save (or print) when finished. Story Maker is part of the ABCya site, offering countless free web games, interactives, and learning experiences.   Grade level Story Maker … read more »


3 Unique Resources for Spanish Language Learners

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¡Hola! September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. It is during this time we recognize the many contributions and history of the American Latino community. This month-long period also celebrates the independence days of several Central American countries.  A search on TeachersFirst reveals well over 100 resources tagged for Spanish content. Also, our … read more »


Teaching Students to Create Media Responsibly

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Today, teaching students to create media is not enough. Students must learn to create media responsibly. What does it mean to create media responsibly? According to Common Sense Media, teaching media literacy helps students to “Create media responsibly (by) Recognizing your own point of view, saying what you want to say how you want to … read more »


Math Storytelling Day

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Not all elementary teachers love teaching math, but I do. I love encouraging classroom discussions about different ways to solve problems and think about math concepts. I love seeing students frustrated by a new skill and building confidence as they gain knowledge. I love it when I meet incoming students who say their favorite subject … read more »