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Posted on May 28, 2014 by Rafranz Davis

When a student teacher approached me for help in teaching a concept, I suggested using manipulatives, which are basically objects that allow students to apply mathematical concepts in a hands-on way.  Find out what happened when we realized the classroom didn't have any of the physical manipulatives we wanted students to use.

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Posted on May 18, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Space walk

Make a teachable moment with the anniversary of America's first space walk nearly 50 years ago in June.  The theme of space and astronomy offers valuable lessons for students -- lessons that can motivate them and make science, history, language arts and math more interesting and meaningful. 

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Posted on May 16, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, honors the men and women who died serving in the United State military. So Memorial Day has great potential as a teachable moment. You can develop related activities for art, poetry and even math, but the real lesson is that thousands have given their all so we can be free. 

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Common core
Posted on May 15, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Free printables

Printables are excellent for starting and expanding lessons. Inside you'll find sites offering printable material for primary and elementary students.  A number are related to holidays.  Check these out and add to the list if you know of any other great resources. 

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Language arts
Posted on May 13, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Students reading

Close Reading is a chore, requiring teachers to go far beyond the uninterrupted, silent, sustained reading (USSR) and book reports. I introduce Close Reading by telling students what it is, giving them examples, and providing a reading with some basic clues about what to look for. The sites inside put more meat on the bone when it comes to Close Reading. 

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