Active Learning for the Holidays

Active Learning for the Holidays

Even though the winter chill may keep your students inside during recess, there are plenty of ways to expend excess energy during the school day. The holiday season is a treasure trove of creative active learning ideas to help you reinforce key concepts with your...
Active Learning for Thanksgiving

Active Learning for Thanksgiving

Use the Thanksgiving holiday to help refresh key educational concepts for your students. Thanksgiving Spelling Bee Select Thanksgiving-oriented words, and host a spelling bee. Ask all students to stand. Start on the left side of the room. Call out a grade-appropriate...
Schools Can Help Defend Against Childhood Obesity

Schools Can Help Defend Against Childhood Obesity

Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of their 2017 study on adult obesity. According to the study, seven states reported an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35%. In the previous year’s study, five states reported at or...
Improving Students’ Focus

Improving Students’ Focus

Keeping students interested and on task can be a major challenge for today’s teachers. With shortened attention spans and extended periods of sitting, children have trouble staying focused enough to learn and retain lessons. Here are some ways to keep students focused...
The Hidden Dangers of Sitting Still (and How to Avoid Them)

The Hidden Dangers of Sitting Still (and How to Avoid Them)

There is an ever-increasing awareness among education professionals about the link between physical activity and cognitive child development. We are learning more and more about how the physical growth of a child also affects mental and emotional growth, and vice...
Real-World Walkabouts: Moving Money

Real-World Walkabouts: Moving Money

Your students will love learning about money in May’s Real-World Walkabout, Moving Money, in which they are given enlarged coins and bills and must move together to assemble the correct amount for each word problem. Subject Area math Skills money Grade Levels...
The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity

It goes without saying that a positive school environment is beneficial for everyone. The power of positivity can make the day enjoyable, build self-esteem, motivate exceptional performance, evoke a sense of pride in meaningful work, and increase confidence in...
Kinesthetic Learning Activities for Earth Day

Kinesthetic Learning Activities for Earth Day

Earth Day is the perfect time to get students out of their seats (and even out of the classroom!) for some kinesthetic learning. Schoolyard Trash Pick Up Provide trash bags and non-latex surgical gloves for students. Take the class outside to pick up trash and...
Real-World Walkabouts: High Frequency Word Sleuths

Real-World Walkabouts: High Frequency Word Sleuths

April’s Real-World Walkabout asks students to don their Sherlock Holmes’ style caps and become High Frequency Word Sleuths. How many words can students spot? Subject Area literacy Skills high frequency words Grade Levels Kindergarten – 2nd Materials...