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Language arts
Posted on April 7, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
April poetry month

April is National Poetry Month.  Now's a great time to celebrate in your classroom and expose your students to all types of poetry.  I've gathered these wonderful free sites to stimulate new ideas.  Check them out and feel free to share any sites or ideas you use.

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History
Posted on March 4, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
National Women's History Month

If you’re looking for a topic rich in high interest stories and Common Core-related standards, women in history is it. Using integrated lessons on women’s history stresses diversity, art, history, science and more. Then check learning with a follow-up game of 20 questions.

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Language arts
Posted on February 25, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America day

Reading and fun are not mutually exclusive. We celebrate this belief by honoring Dr. Seuss’ March 2nd birthday as Read Across America Day. This celebration offers the opportunity to read old favorites and to encourage student creativity. 

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History
Posted on February 12, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Presidents' Day lesson ideas
When you think of Presidents’ Day and lesson planning, think outside the box of the common history lessons.  Use this holiday to incorporate Common Core lessons in both math and language arts.  Click inside for more ideas to use in your classroom…

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Common core
Posted on January 24, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Teaching speaking

January is a month of studying presidents, historical speeches and influential speakers in my middle school classroom.  Each year, I take this opportunity to develop my students’ public speaking skills; but it is no small feat.  My students’ shyness and anxiety are obstacles I and other educators face when teaching speaking, and inside you’ll see I’ve gathered some helpful sites with plenty of ideas to overcome issues and manage speech instruction in a classroom setting.

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