Schoolwide Service Learning for the Whole Year!
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6M ago
Looking for fun, engaging ways to get your students involved in serving their community? Tired of the same old donation drives and fundraisers? I have created a yearlong service learning bundle with a different community service project for each month of the school year.  That's right! ALL of the work has been done for you! There are so many options, that you can pick and choose the ones that work for you. You don't have to do a project EVERY month. Use some this year, use others next year to keep it fresh. And, the best part? I have changed my terms of use on this resource to allow s ..read more
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Bringing the Neighborhood Tradition of 'You've Been Booed' to Your School Staff Each Month
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11M ago
When it comes to boosting staff morale, there's nothing quite like a little surprise and some friendly competition. That's why I'm excited to introduce a new staff exchange tradition: "You've Been Surprised!" For those unfamiliar with the tradition, "You've Been Booed" is a neighborhood game where one person leaves a small gift and a poem on a neighbor's doorstep, along with a sign that says "You've Been Booed." The recipient then hangs the sign in their window and pays the game forward by leaving gifts and signs for two more neighbors. I've created a monthly staff exchange pack that includes ..read more
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Build a Reward Classroom Management
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1y ago
It's that time of year. Everyone is restless. Spring fever is setting in. Classroom management needs a little reinforcement. If your students are anything like mine, they love working toward a goal, they love earning stickers, and they love a surprise. I combined all of these loves into my newest classroom management tool. Build a Reward lets students work for a goal you set - this could be a specific behavior goal or it could just be the goal of earning "compliments" when out and about. Then, they earn a digital "sticker" each time they reach that goal. Students get so excited to drag a ..read more
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10 Valentine Activities for the Classroom
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2y ago
Here are 10 activities for your elementary classroom that are sure to engage your students in Valentine fun while still covering the topics and skills they need. 1. Valentine Word Problem Workouts Your students will have fun following along with this video as they solve multi-step word problems and then do exercises that correlate to the answers.  Fun holiday GIF characters lead them in their workouts! 2. Valentine Pixel Art Comprehension Every teacher loves holiday read-alouds, right? After reading your favorite holiday books ..read more
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Classroom Breakouts Made Easy!
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2y ago
Holiday Breakouts Bundle As a tech specialist, I love to visit classrooms and introduce students to digital breakouts.  However, nothing is more frustrating than finding one to share with students, only to realize they can't access it.  Many districts (without the knowledge of teachers) block students from accessing Google Sites that are not built within their district's own Google Domain.  Now, some of these districts will "unblock" them temporarily if they confirm there is nothing offensive on them.  But, other districts (mine included) will not be so willing to do th ..read more
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10 Halloween Activities for the Classroom
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2y ago
Here are 10 activities for your elementary classroom that are sure to engage your students in Halloween fun while still covering the topics and skills they need. 1. October Word Problem Workouts Your students will have fun following along with this video as they solve multi-step word problems and then do exercises that correlate to the answers.  Fun holiday GIF characters lead them in their workouts! 2. Halloween Pixel Art Comprehension Every teacher loves holiday read-alouds, right? After reading your favorite holiday books, let students complete these no-prep ..read more
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Morning Work Made Easy!
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2y ago
Morning work.  It's that love-hate relationship, am I right?  You want something students can complete independently, but you want it to be meaningful.  You want something engaging, but you want it skill-related. You also don't want one more thing to prep, but you need it to be organized for your students. Let me introduce you to my new Build Your Own Week Morning Work. What Does Build Your Own Week Mean? This series will include a slideshow to use for each day of the week.  By having a different activity each day, students will not get bored with their morning work.&nb ..read more
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Last Day of School FUN
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2y ago
I am determined to make the end of this school year as stress-free as possible. This is always my intent, but it never seems to happen. This year I'm being purposeful about it. Let me help you have a stress-free last day of school, too! I've created a set of 6 digital games that are absolutely NO PREP and ready to use. They will keep your students engaged and give you a little classroom community bonding time one last time. Shop This Resource Here The 6 games (plus a bonus directed drawing and a bonus origami craft) are all perfect for both in-person teaching and distance learning. Here's ..read more
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No Prep Digital ABC Countdown
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2y ago
Digital ABC Countdown You asked and I listened!  I know you don't want your virtual students missing out on all of the end-of-year fun. You would like to keep the same routines in place whenever possible to bring that normalcy to them.  So, I did it.  I revamped my printable end-of-year ABC Countdown into a brand-new digital version.  There was no way to take the exact same activities and make them digital, so this is a brand-new version that will bring the same excitement digitally! This is a Google Slides resource with an interactive Table of Contents on slide one ..read more
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Morning News Segments
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2y ago
Are you looking for a way to engage students during your morning meeting?  Are you looking for new segments for your school news show?  Do you just need a fresh brain break that can work for in-person or distance learning?  I've got you! I help run the morning news program at my school (K-5th) and use these daily videos as news segments.  They are also perfect for spicing up a classroom morning meeting (each video is only about 1 minute long) or for daily brain breaks in your classroom. There's a different series for each day of the week so that students don't get bor ..read more
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