15 Earth Day Activities for Kids of All Ages

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  Earth Day (April 22) is the perfect time to do fun activities with kids of all ages to celebrate planet Earth and learn about the importance of environmental protection. What is Earth Day? Earth Day’s inaugural celebration in 1970 marked the birth of the environmental movement. Over the years, it has evolved into a […]

Comic Books for Kids

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Did you know that all those super-famous, super-popular Marvel movies that keep coming out are in fact, based on super-comics? It’s true. Before Robert Downey Jr. ever suited up and tangled with Josh Brolin’s big purple bad guy, Thanos, Marvel and DC comics were creating epic characters and placing them in action-packed storylines since the […]

Creativity in the Classroom

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Traditionally, creativity doesn’t get prioritized in the long list of what teachers have to cover over the school year. Typically, it’s lumped together with other soft skills like communication and collaboration: Great in principle, but not as important as reading or math. However, recent studies are showing that being creative helps students learn better and […]

Fun Saint Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

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Who is St. Patrick? Patrick was born in 385 A.D. when Ireland was still a pagan territory. He was born in Britain, enslaved, and taken to Ireland when he was only 16. He escaped slavery six years later and studied to become a Catholic Bishop. When he returned to Ireland as a free man, he […]

The Importance of Emotional Check-ins for Elementary Students

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Hey, how are you?  It’s a simple question, but it can lead to some great conversations and sometimes the discovery that someone isn’t feeling so flash and maybe needs some help. So do you ask that question in your class each day? Health – both physical and mental – has a huge impact on a […]

Anti Bullying Activities

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Why teach elementary school children about bullying? The best way to combat bullying is to educate, engage, and inspire children about the topic of bullying and bullying prevention. Have a read of our other blog on Anti Bullying Lesson Plans. Children should be able to: What can we do to stop bullying? Firstly it is […]

Kami and UDL

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What Is UDL? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a method of teaching and learning that focuses on accommodating the wide variety of learner variability in classrooms. UDL takes into account individual learners’ abilities, as well as any measures that help them to learn more effectively.  A teacher working with UDL in mind understands that, […]

The Three Principles of UDL

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Now that you know what UDL is from reading our other blogs, What is UDL and Examples of UDL, you must be itching to implement it into your learning environment. The first thing to remember is that Universal Design for Learning is a broad category. The official Universal Design for Learning guidelines says it encompasses […]

Celebrating Black History Month in the Classroom

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Black History Month is an essential observance for people all over the world to celebrate and learn about the rich history and culture of Black people and their contribution to the progression and improvement of society. It’s a time to honor the many accomplishments of Black people throughout history and recognize the challenges they’ve faced […]

Character Education Activities for Middle School

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You’ve arrived. You read “What is Character Education?” and you’ve checked out “Examples of Character Education.” now you’re looking for some activities you can implement in your character education lesson plans. Alongside literacy, mathematics, language arts, and social studies, teaching social skills is one of the most foundational things we can be teaching our middle […]

Why We Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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On the third Monday of each year, Americans commemorate the life and work of an exceptional person — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK). MLK was among the most influential figures in the African American civil rights movement during the 1960s. His leadership and rhetorical prowess were paramount to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […]

Warm-Up Activities for Middle School

Warm up activities for middle school

Learning is hard. Teaching can be even more so. Middle school students can be easily distracted or struggle with going back to school after a long summer vacation. The value of warming up is well-known throughout the sporting world. Cold muscles don’t perform as well, and they’re more prone to injury. Don’t forget, the brain […]