3 Halloween Science Experiments

Halloween is the perfect time to spark an interest in science with spooky and creepy experiments. Whether it’s observing how pumpkins rot or using chemical reactions to create real-life ghosts, implementing hands-on activities in your classroom will not only capture your students’ attention but also yield long-term benefits such as higher standardized test scores and project management and communication [...]

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Lesson Plan: Learning a New Language

How is a foreign language like an unknown math term or symbol? Help students in grades 5-8 figure out the language of math, which includes words or symbols that must be analyzed to understand their meaning. This lesson plan includes several activities and helpful math vocabulary lists.Speaking the Language of MathOur popular course The Language of Math teaches students to [...]

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Lesson Plan: Ready to Hit the Target

Personal goals are essential in nearly every aspect of life. Help your students in grades K-8 understand that value as they apply it to PE. This lesson plan includes specific learning activities and a chart for students to chart their progress.Teaching Students to Go for Their GoalsOur popular course Game On! Getting Kids Pumped in P.E. Class shows how [...]

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Lesson Plan: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Verb!

Your students will feel like verb superheroes after participating in some fun activities and games. Use Superman and other superheroes help your students in grades K-5 identify and interact with action verbs. The lesson plan includes an action verb chant, vocabulary lists, and more!Get Students Actively Engaged in Learning Grammar Our popular course Writing Well or Good Writing? An Educator’s Guide [...]

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Lesson Plan: Kindness Counts

Engage students in grades K-5 with the critically important topic of kindness. What is kindness and what does it look like at school? This lesson plan includes interactive activities, including questions, scenarios, and more to reinforce students’ awareness and application.Can You Create Kindness in the Classroom? Our popular course Kindness: Can It Be Taught? explores how to help students build the [...]

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Lesson Plan: Meet the Planets

Are planets in our solar system alike or different? Test your students’ knowledge and critical thinking skills in this lesson plan for students in grades 5-8. It includes several discussion- and hands-on-based learning activities. Exploring SpaceOur popular course Understanding Our Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy helps you get students to look away from their screens and up toward the stars. They’ll [...]

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Lesson Plan: Tell Me What You Really Think

Becoming an active reader is essential to understanding and applying written content. Help your students in grades 5-8 develop a greater awareness of what you read aloud in class. This lesson plan includes step-by-step activities and supplementary materials.Read Alouds That ResonateOur popular course Read Out! Building Students’ Literacy and Love of Reading Through Read Alouds helps you choose the right [...]

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Supporting LGTBQ Students in Your Classroom

Being a teenager is tough, but being a teen who identifies as LGBTQ is even tougher. Not only do LGBTQ students face the challenges of young adulthood like the rest of their peers, but they also experience higher risks of bullying and more difficulties sharing their feelings and experiences.According to the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), [...]

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How to Manage School Fights

Early in my career, while teaching at an inner-city elementary school, a student violently attacked another in my classroom. The student was late to school that day, and when he arrived, he calmly walked across the room to another boy and choked him. I raised my voice but had to physically place myself between them to stop the assault. [...]

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Engaging Warm Up Activities for PE Class

Every PE class should begin with warm up activities; they prepare the body for activity and are an excellent opportunity to improve your students’ speed and agility. Focusing on them increases success in sports and reduces likeliness of injury, regardless of your students’ skill levels. The following warm up activities are designed to enhance your students’ speed and agility [...]

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