5 Creative Ways to Teach About Christmas Traditions Around the World

Whether your students celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, (or all of them!), they are always excited to learn about other countries and their holiday celebrations too!  In this post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome and engaging unit on Christmas Around the World!   My students have always loved learning about the holiday traditions and beliefs of other cultures!  This topic is filled with opportunities to ALSO teach about geography too!  Plus, it’s always great to expand your students’ horizons as they learn about other countries.  They will become more culturally…

5 Super Tips for Teaching a Nocturnal Animals Unit

Whether you already teach about Nocturnal Animals or you’re just thinking about covering it this year, I’m here to save you some planning & prep time on a unit your kids will love!! In this one post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome & engaging unit! (PS. Be sure to pin it so you can find it later & share with your teacher-friends!) Let’s face it…kids love learning about animals! It’s something they are naturally curious about…so, any time we can take their excitement for animals and use it to incorporate learning about science, geography,…

It’s Back! 2016 Gingerbread Man Exchange

Sign-Ups for the 2016 Gingerbread Man Exchange have Closed Sign-Ups for the 2017 Valentine Exchange will open in early January! Thanks to everyone for making this year so much fun for the kids! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year in an elementary classroom.  The joy in the children’s eyes is a daily reminder of why I became a teacher in the first place.   One of my favorite holiday activities during this time of the year is participating in a gingerbread man exchange with other classrooms from…

October Family Fun

My “trick” for today is simply a reminder…something we all know is beneficial but it often gets pushed aside in the chaos of day to day teaching.  The majority of parents want to be involved in their child’s education.  However, with the ever increasing rigor it is becoming more difficult for parents to feel like they have a part in their child’s education. In order to help facilitate more parent involvement, I like to use monthly at-home projects.  The projects are seasonally themed and fun.  I want my parents to take the time to sit down with their child and…

Great Pinterest Finds for October ~ October Pick 3

Welcome to October!  October brings the promise of cooler weather here in Texas which I am  really looking forward to!  Unfortunately, October also brings on the dreaded teacher slump…..the excitement of back to school is over and then you realize the next holiday is not until Thanksgiving…ugh!!!  Hopefully, as you browse through this month’s pins you will be able to find a bit of inspiration to bring some fun into your classroom over the next few weeks! Click on Image to View Original Pin I just love this idea for adding a little fun to October.  The basic idea is…

September Pick 3: Great Classroom Ideas for September

Welcome to this month’s Pick 3 Party!  Thanks for stopping by!  If you are looking for some inspiration for your classroom this month, you have come to the right place! I just completed my second week with students.  Thankfully routines are starting to run a little more smoothly and we are having productive days.  Here are a couple of ideas that I am looking forward to using in September.   Click on Image to See Original Pin Now that I have assessed all of my students, I am ready to help them progress as readers.  This collection of tips are…

Pinterest Pick 3: Back to School Edition

Welcome to this month’s Pick 3 Party!  Thanks for stopping by!  If you are looking for some inspiration for your classroom this month, you have come to the right place! August in one word….CRAZY!  How will I ever get it all done?  Here is a quick glance at some of the things I found to help get the year off to a great start.   Click on Image to View Original Pin My campus is focusing on developing readers this year.  I love this one page guide to help parents know how they can help at home.  I plan to…