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History
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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History
Posted on February 20, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
African American History Month - February lesson planning
I like to use African American History Month as a way to expand student knowledge and help them develop an appreciation of different cultures and races. I’ve assembled a group of quality resources you can use to build other lessons; some can be used as stand-alone units.

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Social studies
Posted on January 29, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Teaching the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year (Jan. 31) provides an excellent opportunity to create lessons that tie together standards in geography, art, reading, writing and social studies.  Read more inside to get some great ideas on how you can celebrate the Chinese New Year with your students.

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Sports games
Posted on January 28, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Winter olympics

The Olympic Games generate excitement as students follow the events. I've learned to leverage that interest to create active, fun and effective lessons. Check out ideas and resources to help with everything from bulletin board design to writing ideas.

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