When I was a kid, I loved baking with my mom. She was a a great baker, and she would always get us kids involved. In first grade, she made these yummy cupcakes in a cone. She even added little fortunes to to the top of each one. My brother, who teased me relentlessly, like all good big brothers do, offered to help. I DID NOT want him to help, because I frankly did not trust him. My mom, being ... Read More about Cure Your Winter Blues with These Scrumptious Cupcake Cones!
Give your students movement breaks with these fun, St. Patrick's Day-themed Wiggle Breaks! People were not engineered to sit for hours at a time. It's just not good for us. In too many classrooms today, kids are made to sit for entirely too many hours each day. It's not good for their physical or intellectual development. If you would like to read an excellent article about the research that ... Read More about Free St. Patrick’s Day Wiggle Breaks: Movement Breaks for Elementary Students
Teaching primary students about fact families can be challenging. It takes a lot of practice for some students to grasp the concept of related facts. This "Related Facts Bingo" game helps make practicing fact families more fun! One way I help my students remember what related facts are is that I tell them to think of related facts as "relatives" or "cousins." They all have the same numbers in ... Read More about Related Facts Bingo: A Fun Way to Practice Fact Families!
We've all been there. You tell your students to take out their homework folder or binder. You ask them to put a paper in a specific folder. Some of your students listen, but others are not paying attention. I started doing what I like to call "Random Checks." Here's how the random checks work. If I give the students a direction, such as, "Please take out your homework folder," I will then say, ... Read More about Teaching Tip Tuesday Series 1: How to Get Students to Follow Directions the First Time
Help your students learn their sight words with this funny game! Primary students will love saying their sight words in different voices. There are two different game boards. A Google Slides version is also included for virtual learning. This game could be played independently, in partners, or as a whole group. You could also call on students individually who would like to show off how good ... Read More about Silly Sight Words Dice Game: