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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

After focusing on the non-fiction text and the informational text standards, it’s time to switch the focus to the literature standards.  To teach the literature standards, I use folktales.  My favorite author to use is…

Class Research Project – A Funny Thing Happened. . .

Teachers know that even the best thought out plans and projects can run into unforeseen problems or situations.  That recently happened to me.  As my class is nearing the end of the science unit on…

Distributive Property of Multiplication – How To Break It Down

Did you ever think that as a third-grade teacher or even as an elementary teacher you would be teaching the Distributive Property of Multiplication?  When I started teaching over 30 years ago, there weren’t even…

Time to Look at What’s Working & Not Working

In about 3 weeks, the first trimester is ending so I’ve decided to examine my classroom, my instruction, and my students to see what’s working and not working so far. Read the rest by clicking…

Learning Multiplication is More than Memorization!

I have a vivid memory of learning multiplication in third grade.  My teacher, Mrs. Bowman, drew three circles on the chalkboard.  Then she put five milk bottles in each one.  She said this is 3…

Integrating Technology with Research and Writing

As a teacher in a 1:1 classroom with Chromebooks, I’m always thinking of ways of integrating technology with research and writing throughout the day and throughout the curriculum.  One way I found to successfully integrate…

Why the Properties of Addition ARE Useful to Students

When my oldest son was in seventh grade, he had trouble with a problem in his 7th-grade math book.  It concerned one of the Properties of Addition.  I couldn’t believe he didn’t know the answer!…

How to Teach Geography in a Fun Way

Does anyone teach Geography anymore?  Why can’t students look at a map and recognize the state they live in?  The country they live in?  The continent they live on?  Do they at least recognize the…

Improve Vocabulary and Grammar with Google Sildes

Do you find teaching vocabulary and grammar as something you have to do rather than something you want to do?  There is a definite need to teach both grammar and vocabulary to elementary students, especially…

How I Present Back to School Night With Google Classroom

Your Back to School Night presentation sets the tone for the school year.  I’ve taken a new approach to it.  Since I am in a 1:1 classroom with Chrome Books, I wanted to use the…

Geometry on Google Slides®

These Interactive Digital Notebooks for Google Slides are now available in my TpT Store!

Click the link BELOW to see the Geometry Books!

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