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Holiday Tech Lessons

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Holiday Tech Lessons

  Bring some holiday spirit to your classroom with these fun tech lessons! Google’s Santa Tracker Google’s Santa Tracker has a game for every day till Christmas. Students can choose the clothing colors for Santa’s elves, share a texting conversation between Santa and his reindeer, prepare and send a phone message from Santa to a friend, play games of skill, and explore Santa’s village. On Christmas Eve, Santa will unveil the dashboard of Santa’s sleigh. This is a super fun center for your classroom computer, and it gives practice with basic keyboard and...

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Transportation Classroom Theme

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Transportation Classroom Theme

  Throughout our history, we humans have wanted to go from one place to another, and to take things from one place to another, so a lot of our ingenuity has gone into transportation. We have a number of relevant classroom themes and lesson plan collections already posted: Car classroom themes Trucks lesson plans Hot air balloons Airplane classroom theme Travel classroom theme Hiking classroom theme Boats lesson plans How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Oh, the Places You’ll Go What if you want to have a more general transportation theme? Of course, you can mix and match...

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What Comes Next?

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What Comes Next?

“What comes next?” is a deceptively simple question. Identifying a series and predicting what comes next is a critical thinking skill that lets us test comprehension of a wide range of math concepts — and one which we use as adults in reading, planning, and decision making as well. Use craft sticks and chart stickers to create “What Comes Next?” games or centers customized for your classroom, or have students make “What Comes Next?” puzzles for each other. It’s very easy. Use stickers on one side of a craft stick to establish a pattern. End with...

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File Folder Centers

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File Folder Centers

File folder centers can really help you differentiate instruction, allowing extra practice for those who need it and also allowing fast finishers to move on to additional activities that will challenge them. You can use books like those from Scholastic’s  Mini File-Folder Centers in Color series to create centers. Just cut and paste — no copying or coloring needed. Carson-Dellosa, whose copy and color center games books provided hours of occupation for so many of us back in the day, even has ready made centers in a box, such as Science File Folder Games: Skill-Building Center...

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Community Lesson Plans

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Community Lesson Plans

When we study about communities, there are three things we can mean by the word “community.” Usually we study all of them. A community is a place. Learn to read the name of the town where you live, find it on the map, and identify your own neighborhoods, the location of the school, and other places that are important to your students. Use chart paper to list the places and buildings that are important for a community, including places to live and work, sources of electricity and water, means of transportation, sources of food and other necessities, opprtunities for learning and...

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Zoo Animals Classroom Theme

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Zoo Animals Classroom Theme

Wild animals, zoo animals, African animals, jungle animals — all popular classroom themes. One of the advantages to these themes is that there are plenty of ready-made decoratives. I say, if making bulletin boards is your art form and your creative outlet, then good for you — go ahead and make them. Yours will be the envy of the school. Otherwise, forget it. Your time is worth more than the 45 cents an hour you’ll save, and you have better things to do. So I’ll show you a few of my favorites: CTP’s “We’re Wild About” is happy and fun. They...

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