10 Important Tips for the New Teacher

Are you a new teacher?  It can be overwhelming.  What to do?  As a veteran teacher of over 30 years teaching in the public education system in California, I offer these tips to help you…

How to Teach the Area of Irregular Shapes

My class has been learning to find the area of shapes for a few weeks now.  But now it was time to move on to find the area of irregular shapes.  So far, my students…

Hands-On Science Fun (while making a mess!)

California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) Latino students treated my students to some hands-on science fun.  These students have majors in science and engineering.  Check out their website (http://www.csulbmaes.org). The college students worked with our…

Online State Testing – We’ll Be Ready for You!

Do you believe your students will be ready for state testing with either the SBAC or PARCC (or some variation of them)?  I try to prepare my students all year long for state testing so…

Comparing Fractions Using Google Slides and Virtual Manipulatives

Now that my students were familiar with comparing and ordering fractions, the next step was to have them comparing fractions using Google Slides.  It is one thing to be able to show how to compare…

Comparing Fractions with Manipulatives and Math Talk

In  Part 1 of How to Compare Fractions, I explained how I used fraction strips to have students explore fraction sizes.  Comparing fractions and their sizes visually helped my students establish a benchmark fraction of…

Compare Fractions in Simple Ways with Manipulatives

Before I started teaching my third graders to compare fractions, I wanted to assess what they already knew about fractions.   True story.   I asked my students to write in their journal and complete this sentence:…

Download Free Teaching Resources #kindnessnation

As one of the participants in the Teachers Pay Teachers Author Inauguration Day FREEBIE EVENT that was held on January 20, 2017, I and many TpT sellers have got together to create free teaching resources.  These free…

Is There an Easy Way to Go Digital? Use PDF Expert!

Document cameras can project any document on a screen. But do you really want to write on your original documents, books, and other resources? No! Then just convert them to a digital format that can…

A Timely Google Maps About Dr. King’s Inspiring Life

Have you ever used Google Maps?  Probably most of you have when you’re trying to find directions to that new store.  But did you know you could create your OWN map to use with your…

From Teachers Pay Teachers to Teaching Bites Podcast

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Fred and Sharon Jaravata from teachingbites.com.  The recorded interview is now available over on their website. You can listen to the PODCAST in many ways, including iTunes. …

Common Core Based Homework Project Using Literature

After ending the Folktale Unit with my class, it was time for a culminating homework project.  Each student received a five-page template to create an iFolktale. What’s an iFolktale?  Just a template that looks like a…

A Powerful Way to Teach With Videos

Someone in a Facebook group suggested a website at  www.edpuzzle.com.  So I, of course, checked it out.  I am so happy I did!  If you teach with videos in your classroom then YOU must check it…

Unique Ways to Teach the Central Message of Folktales

For the past few years, I have always taught finding the central message (or moral or lesson) of a story as a separate standard.  But I tried something different and it is working very well…

Focus on the Literature Standards with Amazing Folktales

My class is focusing on the Common Core literature standards after having focused on non-fiction and the informational standards.  To teach the literature standards, I use folktales.  My favorite author to use is Gerald McDermott.…