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Solar System Project for Remote Learning

This STEAM project guides students through their research of the planets, sun, and moon and displays their learning in an attractive & surprising way! Fact Fans integrate reading, writing, and science, which both saves time and engages students. This project is ideal for practicing note-taking, ...

How to Introduce Children to Activism. Practical and every day ways to teach kids how to be involved in social justice. Are you seeking more tips and practical strategies for how to introduce children to activism?  Join our group of open-minded allies and

How to Introduce Children to Activism - Biracial Bookworms LLC

Practical ways to introduce children to activism and social justice issues. Help children become an ally by combating stereotypes and fighting for equality.

Take learning to the next level with PBL.. here is a step by step guide to connecting real world learning to classroom textbooks. A Teacher's Guide to Project Based Learning - Book Oblivion

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A teacher's guide to project based learning for beginners to help you increase student engagement and literacy skills through engaging methodology.

How do animals like polar bears, seals, and walruses stay warm in the icy water of the arctic and Antarctic? Try this fun experiment to find out!

How Arctic Animals Stay Warm in Icy Water

Ever wondered how arctic animals stay warm in icy water? This fun science experiment shows how a layer of fat makes a huge difference in body temperature!

Project Based Learning In Your Classroom. 10 tips to get started, from a PBL guru: Matt, from Digital Divide & Conquer.

Project Based Learning In Your Classroom

An educational blog focused on project based learning, STEM, and providing unique ideas and resources to engage students.

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Author's purpose anchor chart :)

Author's purpose anchor chart :)

How to hook the reader

How to hook the reader

Lights of kindness. Lighting up the  classroom with kindness. Christmas or holiday classroom writing activity. Second grade, third, fourth, fifth, sixth.

Lights of kindness. Lighting up the classroom with kindness. Christmas or holiday classroom writing activity. Second grade, third, fourth, fifth, sixth.

Earth's Atmosphere - Interactive Science Notebook

Layers of the Earth's Atmosphere - Interactive Science Notebook Activity Page Student Learning Goal: Students will be able to identify and compare the differences between the five layers of the earth's atmosphere. In this packet, the atmosphere is divided into five layers. It is thickest near th...

How to Build Classroom Community and Teach Mindfulness in your classroom using the book Ishi! It's a simple activity that you can refer to all year long. Mindfulness is a great way to create a calm classroom, help students manage stress and control their attention.

How to Build Classroom Community and Teach Mindfulness - Create Dream Explore

At the end of the school year my principal had all of the teachers find a rock. There were no rules about the rock, it could be any shape or size.

Juicy words!!!! Narrative writing, 5th grade, anchor chart, writers workshop, Ela

Lawless Lands: Tales From The Weird Frontier

Falstaff Books is raising funds for Lawless Lands: Tales From The Weird Frontier on Kickstarter! Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier embodies the frontier spirit of the American West with a wild left turn into the weird.

10 Solar Energy Experiments for Kids via Planet Smarty Pants

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50+ Hands-On Solar System projects for kids! Your students will love all these fun activities about the solar system! via /lifeovercs/

50+ Hands-On Solar System Projects

With absolutely NO PREP required!

Be ready for Back to School!  Interactive Science Notebooks from The Science Penguin

Thinking about starting Interactive Science Notebooks? — The Science Penguin

Have you used Interactive Science Notebooks? Thought about it? Stuck your feet in the water? I love them! If you’re new or even if it’s old news, I hope my posts on notebooks and science notebook resources can be helpful to you. See pics of my notebook. Browse by topic to see photos of my […]

FREE Topic Sentences Activity! I wrote eight short paragraphs and taped them each to a bag. Then, groups went around the room and wrote topic sentences for each of the paragraphs. They put their sentences in the bags, and later we pulled them out and read the huge variety of topic sentences that they had written. It was a super successful lesson, and it connected well with our main idea reading skill, too!

Topic Sentences

I am so lucky to be working side-be-side with the creator of an incredible writing program this year! She and a former colleague (who I tau...

This was fun! Definitely a challenge for some of them. #teachersofinstagram #iteach7th #iteachtoo #teachersfollowteachers #miss5thswhiteboard

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Are you looking for a meaningful way to integrate writing in your social studies classroom? Try historical journals! A great way to integrate narrative writing and history!

Classroom DIY: Pioneer Journals

Integrating art and content in the ELA classroom. Tips and resources.

How to Make a Solar Oven Experiment | Education.com

How to Make a Solar Oven | Science project | Education.com

Check out this cool and free middle school science fair project idea on how to make a solar oven.

My new favorite homework: Articles of the Week!

Article of the Week

A blog about teaching middle school ELA and math.

Use Popular Music to Improve Reading and Inspire Writing. Over the years, I’ve discovered that one way to engage almost every student, even those who are reluctant readers and writers, is through song. This week I’ll share with you some of the ways I use music to inspire, motivate, and teach reading and writing (along with life skills!) in my classroom.

Teacher to Teacher Ideas in the Top Teaching Blog | Scholastic

Exciting lesson ideas, classroom strategies, teaching tips, book lists, videos, and reproducibles in a daily blog by teachers from the classrooms of extraordinary mentor

6 NGSS Aligned STEM Challenges designed specifically for fifth graders! | STEM Activities | 5th Grade | Next Generation Science Stan

Fifth Grade STEM

These challenges are designed specifically for fifth grade students and align with crosscutting NGSS science, math, and engineering standards! Six challenges are provided to cover major science content areas: Matter and its Interactions, Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions, From Molecule...

What dissolves?  Try different solids and different types of liquids.

Touch, Feel, Learn ~ What Dissolves?

It’s time to explore the world around us and have some fun predicting and observing what pantry items dissolve and do not dissolve in water....

Character education anchor chart for "empathy," the 'E' in CARES.

Home - Glitter in Third

This is your front page. Click the ‘edit’ link to change the contents

Nature Craft - Perfect for Earth Day Activity - Clay Imprints with Plants and Flowers - My Bright Ideas

Looking for a natural easy kids craft for earth day? All you need is a few plants or flowers and some clay. Roll the imprint of the spring flowers into the clay for a beautiful impression. This is a project you will want to try!

Social Science

15 Great Apps for Teaching World History | Daring Apps, QR Codes, Gadgets, Tools, & Displays

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education | Daring Apps, QR Codes, Gadgets, Tools, & Displays

Oregon Trail Activities: Simulation, Interactive Game & Journaling Project

Oregon Trail here we come! This interactive activity about westward expansion gives students a glimpse of what life was like on the Oregon Trail and it is definitely #oneofmyfavorites! By rolling dice, keeping track of supplies, and following a map, students will get to learn about this historical...

World History Playing Cards Series

Learn about the World History Playing Cards series and how you can use it in your classroom.

Teaching with Monopoly

Learn how to Teach with Monopoly in your history or economics class.

Debate Topics for High School Social Studies

Do not focus entirely on national issues - discuss local!

Ancient Egypt Coloring Pages with Short Reads

5 Ways to Supplement Learning with Video Games

5 Way to Supplement Learning with Video Games

PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITY BUNDLE

Are your students struggling with the Principles of Government! Try a new resource that includes Word Wall terms, a reading, Doodle Notes to complete, and several games.Use the Word Wall terms to pre-teach the vocabulary. The anticipation guide on "How Well Do You Know Your Government" will lead in...

PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITY BUNDLE

Are your students struggling with the Principles of Government! Try a new resource that includes Word Wall terms, a reading, Doodle Notes to complete, and several games.Use the Word Wall terms to pre-teach the vocabulary. The anticipation guide on "How Well Do You Know Your Government" will lead in...

American History Year Long Bundle US History Curriculum Activities

My US History resource bundle has lesson plans and activities for the entire year - from Exploration and Colonization to activities for the Civil War and Reconstruction. These resources can be used for distance learning with Google Slides!!! ✨Save over $250 when you purchase the bundle now!✨ ☺With...

New Republic Lap Book and Content Readings

Organize your New Republic unit in a lap book. This lap book is designed to help students summarize content from the New Republic of the United States. It contains content readings from Washington's Presidency through the Monroe Doctrine and includes important court cases.You can construct the lap...

Social Studies Teaching Strategies Binder and Manual

This Social Studies Strategies for Success is a guide book full of engaging, purposeful teaching strategies that provide students a rich learning experience. You will be able to use this binder full of activities all year long! This strategy manual is full of ideas to incorporate reading and writ...

Social Studies Teaching Strategies Binder and Manual

This Social Studies Strategies for Success is a guide book full of engaging, purposeful teaching strategies that provide students a rich learning experience. You will be able to use this binder full of activities all year long! This strategy manual is full of ideas to incorporate reading and writ...

FREE World History Powerpoints for Highschool - Homeschool Giveaways

Facebook Twitter Pinterest I just found these amazing Powerpoint presentations that would be great to use in your homeschool.These are FREE powerpoint presentations with guided student notes for high school World History teachers and students, from the earliest humans, through ancient civilizations, to the present day. You can find even more educational materials, including outlines, worksheets,Read More

Hands On Social Studies Activities for Middle School!

An overview of the engaging resources for Civics, World, or US History that are all included with a subscription to Students of History.

Ancient Mesopotamia Vocabulary Smartphone Activity

Ancient Mesopotamia Interactive VocAPPulary™ ( EDITABLE Vocabulary) This creative resource is a simple, yet effective way for students to learn vocabulary on a specific topic! The perfect tool for learning and memorizing important concepts! Students will design and illustrate an app for each vocabu...

WORLD AND AMERICAN HISTORY Research Projects | BUNDLE of 48 | DISTANCE LEARNING

Save over $50 on this HUGE bundle that includes ALL 48 World and American History one-page projects in the series. Each individual project goes for $1.50. These are perfect if you need to cover these time periods, but are looking for condensed lesson units!DISTANCE LEARNING Adaptable (UPDATED in 202...

Branches of Government Posters

Help your students learn all about the three branches of government as well as the three levels of our government. These ready to print posters are written in student friendly language so your kids will never forget the various characteristics of our government. These anchor charts fit perfectly in ...

Advanced Placement World History

Ancient India Vocabulary Smartphone Activity

Ancient India Interactive VocAPPulary™ ( EDITABLE Vocabulary) This creative resource is a simple, yet effective way for students to learn vocabulary on a specific topic! The perfect tool for learning and memorizing important concepts, combining the use of word walls, flash cards, and illustration. ...

50 Constitutional Principles Worksheet Answers

Constitutional Principles Worksheet Answers - 50 Constitutional Principles Worksheet Answers , 12 Best Of 7 Principles Government Worksheet

The Stone Age Interactive Notebook

The Stone Age | Early Humans | Archaeology Interactive Notebook {Paper & Digital Versions Included!}***Important Update - Now includes additional, colorful Digital Google Slides Version for Google Classroom! Designed for Distance Learning Stone Age Unit for Interactive Social Studies Notebook!

13 Colonies Lesson Plans

13 Colonies Unit with 15 complete lessons, simulations, games, worksheets, activities, and more! Can be used with 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th graders.

10 Engaging Ways to Create Timelines - The Owl Teacher

Do your students have to create timelines to meet academic standards? I'm sharing 10 engaging types of timelines that make this activity FUN for students!

Causes of the American Revolution Unit

This Declaration of Independence unit will bring history to life! Students adopt a colonist identity and experience the events leading to the Declaration of Independence. Even better, I've made it as easy as possible to implement by including 18 detailed lesson plans. *DISTANCE LEARNING UPDATE* (Ma...

5o States Activity- Pop Up Book Research Project | TpT

Are you looking for an interactive research project focused on the United States of America? Then this project is just for you!This 3D Pop-Up United States Research Project comes with everything your students will need to create this foldable project. Even the not-so crafty teacher will love making ...

Primary and Upper Elementary Writing Office Bundle

These writing offices are perfect writing tools to assist your students into becoming independent writers. There are several helpful anchor charts in each set. This includes an AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH version.Upper Elementary:Writing offices are great to help students become independent during writer's w...

Designing your Social Studies Classroom Cheaply and Easily - Peacefield History

Update your Social Studies classroom decor cheaply and easily with fun and useful decor. Make your classroom fun and inviting for students.

Age of Exploration Distance Learning Interactive Notebook | Trade Routes

{DIGITAL & PRINT}Explorers, The Age of Exploration, and Trade Routes Unit for Interactive Social Studies Notebook!***Important Update - Now includes additional, colorful Digital Google Slides Version for Google Classroom! Designed for Distance Learning {See video preview of Digital Version}This ...

Student Activity/Project

Learning works best when it doesn't feel like work.This hands-on fun Interactive Lapbook Project is so much fun! Your students are going to enjoy sorting and matching activities, and doing a little bit of writing. And, of course, drawing, coloring, cutting and pasting are always the best part of an...

Civil War Interactive Notebook - The Owl Teacher

Are you looking for an engaging way to teach the Civil War? This interactive notebook covers all things Civil War, including events leading up to it and important people, while also covering reading skills and strategies. File Type PDF (Acrobat) Document File Be sure that you have an application ...

Civil War Interactive Notebook

American History Interactive Notebook - The Civil War {American History Unit 7} Topics: Slavery, States' Rights, Causes of the Civil War, The Civil War, Reconstruction, 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments This American History Interactive Notebook includes vocabulary, people, events, and ideas to teach...

13 Colonies Distance Learning Interactive Notebook | The Thirteen Colonies

{Digital & Print Versions Included} The Thirteen Colonies for Interactive United States History Social Studies Notebook!***Important Update - Now includes additional, colorful Digital Google Slides Version for Google Classroom! Designed for Distance Learning {See video preview of Digital Version...

13 Colonies Activity

Students love to do Color by Number, and this activity is an engaging way to cover facts about the 13 Colonies!Get this resource and more in my Social Studies Color by Number BundleThis resource is also included in my 13 Colonies BundleTwo versions are included to differentiate for your students:Ver...

Timelines | Timeline Templates

Help your students understand and create timelines with this engaging, interactive collection of timeline projects and activities.This resource is full of 12 different timeline variations that are sure to engage your students, while teaching them this important social studies (or even reading graphi...

Science and Social Studies Research Unit Bundle- GOOGLE + PRINTABLE MEGA BUNDLE - Wife Teacher Mommy

You save 50% when you purchase this bundle... plus you'll get FREE access to any future research units that we add. This bundle is the best deal!

Mesoamerica Distance Learning : Olmec - Maya - Aztec - Inca Interactive Notebook

{Digital & Print} Mesoamerica Civilizations (Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca Empires) Interactive Social Studies Notebook!***Important Update - Now includes additional, colorful Digital Google Slides Version for Google Classroom! Designed for Distance Learning This product contains interactive cut ...

Handmade Timeline Accordion Books

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, author of Handmade Books for A Healthy Planet, shows how easy it is to make a family time line accordion book for kids.

Civics Scope and Sequence, Civics Pacing Guide, Government

Civics and Government MEGA BUNDLE Pacing Guide/ Scope and Sequence FREEThis free scope and sequence breaks down key topics for the entire year or by semester for teaching Civics and Government. See Resources Below: CIVICS MEGA BUNDLE Civics and Government Anchor Chart BundleCivics and Government Gam...

Arts Education

DIY Musical Instruments for Kids - DIY Inspired

DIY Musical Instruments for Kids

Learn to make DIY musical instruments for kids out of ordinary household items to help your child with gross and fine motor development.

Reader’s theater a simple, engaging alternative to dry, traditional textbook study. Reader’s Theater also helps develop reading fluency and comprehension, while promoting cooperative learning. All this, and it's fun for both teacher and student! What’s not to like? In this blog post, learn how to start using reader’s theater in your upper elementary classroom! #readerstheater #upperelementary #thirdgrade #3rdgrade #fourthgrade #4thgrade #fifthgrade #5thgrade #readinginstruction

Five Reasons Why You Should Use Reader’s Theater in the Upper Elementary Classroom — THE CLASSROOM NOOK

I’m a big proponent of using Reader’s Theater in the classroom. It’s a simple, engaging alternative to dry, traditional textbook study. Reader’s Theater also helps develop reading fluency and comprehension, while promoting cooperative learning. All this, and it's fun for both teacher and s

Bring the band alive at your home with these DIY Musical Instruments for Kids to Make and play! And they actually make music, too!

20 DIY Musical Instruments for Kids to Make

Bring the band alive at your home with these DIY Musical Instruments for Kids to Make and play! And they actually make music, too!

Teaching Songwriting in Music Class -

Teaching Songwriting in Music Class -

Hi Friends,songwriting is one of my favorite units to teach. My 5th and 6th graders really get into it. I like to kick off the unit with sharing some of my favorite activities with them and then have them share back. Since I love to road bike and try to get out doors as much […]

How to Use Reader's Theater in Your Classroom - Peas in a Pod Lessons

How to Use Reader's Theater in Your Classroom - Peas in a Pod Lessons

Practicing reader’s theater scripts is a fun way to build reading fluency, comprehension, and engagement! Here's how I use reader's theater in my classroom.

Great ideas for showing musicals in your classroom and making it a special, educational event your students look forward to every year.  What to do, how to do it and the top 5 reasons why!  Musical theater is for everyone. Make it a musical May or a musical any day!

Musical May

Great ideas for showing musicals in your classroom and making it a special, educational event your students look forward to every year. Great for music classrooms or any classroom! Musical theater is for everyone.

DIY Musical Instrument for Kids: African Thumb Piano - Green Kid Crafts

DIY Musical Instrument for Kids: African Thumb Piano - Green Kid Crafts

Make a diy musical instrument for kids using a cardboard box. We're making an African thumb piano fromour empty Green Kid Crafts box.

Encourage your kids to be creative with these DIY musical instrument craft ideas! They can make them and then make music with them!

You Kids Will Have Fun Making and Then Playing These DIY Musical Instruments

Encourage your kids to be creative with these DIY musical instrument craft ideas! They can make them and then make music with them!

Five echo songs to use in your elementary music classroom.

5 Echo Songs for the Elementary Music Classroom

Echo songs are a fantastic choice for when you're trying to save your voice. By choosing a few echo song recordings, your students can sing to their heart's content without you destroying your voice in the process. Here are just five of some of my favorite echo songs for the elementary music classroom.

Lap Packs are inexpensive ways to get students writing in music class.  Customize them to include exactly what your music students need.  This article has some great ideas for their use and FREE downloads!

Lap Packs - How to Use Them and Why You'll Want To

Lap Packs are inexpensive ways to get students writing in music class. Customize them to include exactly what your music students need. This article has some great ideas for their use and FREE downloads!

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15 Great Apps for Teaching World History | Daring Apps, QR Codes, Gadgets, Tools, & Displays

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education | Daring Apps, QR Codes, Gadgets, Tools, & Displays

Oregon Trail Activities: Simulation, Interactive Game & Journaling Project

Oregon Trail here we come! This interactive activity about westward expansion gives students a glimpse of what life was like on the Oregon Trail and it is definitely #oneofmyfavorites! By rolling dice, keeping track of supplies, and following a map, students will get to learn about this historical...

World History Playing Cards Series

Learn about the World History Playing Cards series and how you can use it in your classroom.

Teaching with Monopoly

Learn how to Teach with Monopoly in your history or economics class.

Debate Topics for High School Social Studies

Do not focus entirely on national issues - discuss local!

Ancient Egypt Coloring Pages with Short Reads

5 Ways to Supplement Learning with Video Games

5 Way to Supplement Learning with Video Games

PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITY BUNDLE

Are your students struggling with the Principles of Government! Try a new resource that includes Word Wall terms, a reading, Doodle Notes to complete, and several games.Use the Word Wall terms to pre-teach the vocabulary. The anticipation guide on "How Well Do You Know Your Government" will lead in...

PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITY BUNDLE

Are your students struggling with the Principles of Government! Try a new resource that includes Word Wall terms, a reading, Doodle Notes to complete, and several games.Use the Word Wall terms to pre-teach the vocabulary. The anticipation guide on "How Well Do You Know Your Government" will lead in...

American History Year Long Bundle US History Curriculum Activities

My US History resource bundle has lesson plans and activities for the entire year - from Exploration and Colonization to activities for the Civil War and Reconstruction. These resources can be used for distance learning with Google Slides!!! ✨Save over $250 when you purchase the bundle now!✨ ☺With...

New Republic Lap Book and Content Readings

Organize your New Republic unit in a lap book. This lap book is designed to help students summarize content from the New Republic of the United States. It contains content readings from Washington's Presidency through the Monroe Doctrine and includes important court cases.You can construct the lap...

Social Studies Teaching Strategies Binder and Manual

This Social Studies Strategies for Success is a guide book full of engaging, purposeful teaching strategies that provide students a rich learning experience. You will be able to use this binder full of activities all year long! This strategy manual is full of ideas to incorporate reading and writ...

Social Studies Teaching Strategies Binder and Manual

This Social Studies Strategies for Success is a guide book full of engaging, purposeful teaching strategies that provide students a rich learning experience. You will be able to use this binder full of activities all year long! This strategy manual is full of ideas to incorporate reading and writ...

FREE World History Powerpoints for Highschool - Homeschool Giveaways

Facebook Twitter Pinterest I just found these amazing Powerpoint presentations that would be great to use in your homeschool.These are FREE powerpoint presentations with guided student notes for high school World History teachers and students, from the earliest humans, through ancient civilizations, to the present day. You can find even more educational materials, including outlines, worksheets,Read More

Hands On Social Studies Activities for Middle School!

An overview of the engaging resources for Civics, World, or US History that are all included with a subscription to Students of History.

Ancient Mesopotamia Vocabulary Smartphone Activity

Ancient Mesopotamia Interactive VocAPPulary™ ( EDITABLE Vocabulary) This creative resource is a simple, yet effective way for students to learn vocabulary on a specific topic! The perfect tool for learning and memorizing important concepts! Students will design and illustrate an app for each vocabu...

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