What Makes a Good Interactive Notebook?

It’s so important for students to be interested in what they are learning in school. It’s not always easy and of course everyone has their favorite subjects. I remember when I was little, I loved math, but I wasn’t so into Language Arts class. It wasn’t my teacher’s fault, the materials were just boring. So, […]

STEM – Imagining

I had more STEM fun with my nephews today. I wanted to get in some quality time with them before they went off to summer camp. I live pretty far away so I wanted to make sure we spent our time wisely, and we did. We created posable sculptures out of tin foil. The task […]

Interactive Notebooks for Middle School

A lot of people think that interactive notebooks are only for elementary students because older students don’t like to color and cut out things, but I have to disagree. I think we need to remember that even if you students are in middle school or even high school they are still kids. Interactive notebooks are […]

Apple Schoolhouse STEM Challenge – The Planning Stage

I was spending time with my nephews and they had a problem that they could not solve. I asked them if they had ever heard of the design process because I thought it would be helpful to them. They had not heard of it. I explained how the design process is used in engineering, but […]

Celebrate diversity for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I’ve just completed work on a new product – Martin Luther King, Jr. Close Reading. I would love for you to check it out, because I think it is one of the best products I have completed to date. To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the month of January, I’ve created a Celebrate […]

Mixing math and literacy

Plenty of subjects get taught in schools – science, history, geography, art – but there’s no denying that, at least where the Common Core is concerned, the focus seems to be on mathematics and English language arts. Normally, math and technology skills are associated with the left side of the brain, while literacy, grammar, spelling, […]

Fun with interactive printables

It’s great to get kids solving problems, and the tried and true method for doing this is the worksheet. I myself filled out hundreds of worksheets during my wild and crazy ride through those school-aged years. I’m sure you did too. But while rote problem drills do help to cement skills in mathematics and language […]

Getting ready for back to school

Summertime is here, and the living is easy. And here in Florida, it’s also hot! Back to School Questions It’s only late June, so there’s lots of time left before you have to think about heading back to school. But it’s going to happen eventually. Here’s a free printable that you can use to learn […]

Writing opinions and arguments

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) places an emphasis on having students express their opinions in both speech and writing. For example, CCSS.W.1, the first Common Core writing standard for the first grade, reads: “Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.” […]

It’s time for some Thanksgiving fun!

American Thanksgiving is just around the corner! And I, for one, have plenty to be thankful for. It’s been a great year so far! And the holiday season is nearing – I love this time of year! A Thanksgiving turkey craft If you’re looking for a fun craft to make in your classroom this November, […]