Jelly Bean Lesson Ideas

It’s spring, April is coming, and our thoughts turn to—jelly beans! National Jelly Bean Day is April 22. Yay! In spring, however, students often get spring fever. Use jelly-bean fever to help combat this enormous obstacle to learning! You’ll find your students reengaging all over the place when you implement one or more of the […]

Solid Liquid Gas Unit – Math and Science Activities

These math and science activities will have your students exploring time and matter while enjoying a cute puppy theme.  These are extensions to the lessons found in our 2nd grade Simple Solutions Common Core Math and Science books that schools across the country are using.  Keep an eye out for our next blog in which […]

Getting a Grip on Gamification

Everyone loves games – especially students. There is no better way to capture students’ attention than to say, “Who wants to play a game?” Nearly any educational topic, skill, or concept can be transformed into an engaging activity with game-like qualities. Enter gamification. What is gamification?  Gamification is the process of taking principles of a […]

Meet Reading Comprehension Goals for Students in Third Grade

The ability to read impacts all aspects of life, but above all, reading is essential for learning. That’s why schools and districts all over the country set rigorous reading proficiency goals for students in the primary grades. From preschool through third grade, children are learning to read; by fourth grade, they are reading to learn, […]

National Day on Writing

Tomorrow, October 20th, is the National Day on Writing. This “holiday” came about as an “initiative built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy.” Each year since 2009, NCTE and other collaborators gather at writing events, in classrooms, and online to bring the necessary attention to such an important conversation. Here are a […]

World Food Day ~ October 16, 2018

Food.  It’s something that many of us take for granted. Most of us are fortunate enough to eat two to three meals a day. If we skip a meal, it’s usually because we are too busy, and not because we don’t have access to food. But, that is not the case for all. In fact, […]

Harry Potter Takes Broadway, and Your Classroom, by Storm

We wrote about Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans1 which included such culinary delights as vomit, rotten egg, soap, and booger in Level 2 of our Reading Comprehension  series. No surprise that the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway has led Jelly Belly to re-release this popular treat which, for the faint of […]

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Instill the Love of Reading with Goodreads and Biblionasium

Here’s a way to encourage your students to read more. We know that a love of reading does not come naturally for some children. As teachers, we need to find a way to light that spark. Goodreads or Biblionasium may help you kindle that fire. Goodreads and Biblionasium are social media platforms designed around books. […]