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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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Common core
Posted on May 8, 2014 by Rebecca Hagerman
Mother's Day

Did Mother's Day sneak up on you this year? Do you need a lesson plan that addresses the special occasion and integrates topics like historical women figures, character traits and art? Look no further!  We have your free Mother's Day lesson plan inside..come see!

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Language arts
Posted on April 24, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Shakespeare

April 26, 1564 was an important day in William Shakespeare's life, so why not use that date to bring his work into the classroom? These exciting ideas help meet Common Core standards and are useful for upper elementary through high school.

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Common core
Posted on April 9, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Earth Day

Earth Day is on Tuesday, April 22.  As it approaches I take advantage of the publicity and cover many different learning elements, from science to math, language arts, history and more.  Inside you'll find plenty of links to Earth Day lesson topics, like learning animal tracks, detailed state by state ozone and pollution maps, environmental issues and an Earth Day Pinterest board with over a hundred lesson plans.  

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