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  • 9 Classroom Organization Hacks for the Summer

    Classroom Organization Hacks Summer break is just around the corner (or already here, for some of you!), and that means it’s time to pack up and organize your classroom for the summer. It can be a pain to have to move things around, only to move them back when the new school year starts. However, there are ways you can organize your classroom right now as you pack up to make it much easier on you in the fall! Here are some summer classroom organization hacks to help you out. Classroom Storage Hacks First, let’s talk about storage. Having great storage options is key for keeping things organized! If you…

  • This is the Best End of Year Activity for Your Classroom

    My Favorite End of Year Activity The end of the school year can be hard, especially if you still have a few weeks left after finishing your content instruction for the year. On the one hand, we want to leave our students with pleasant memories of our final days together. On the other hand, we still want our time together to be meaningful and structured. How can we as teachers facilitate both of these things in such a crazy and stressful time? Well, I have the perfect end of year activity for you to try. An Easy End of Year Activity Two years ago, I was in this exact situation.…

  • 5 Geometry Games for 2nd Grade That Will Excite Your Students

    Geometry Games for 2nd Grade Geometry – that is, 2D and 3D shapes and attributes – is one of my absolute favorite units to teach in math. This is partly because geometry in 2nd grade is a very visual subject, and I am a visual learner. Geometry is also very hands-on and active for your physical learners as well! Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite geometry games for 2nd grade that I think your students will love. 5 Low-Prep Geometry Games These are some of my favorite games that help students gain a better understanding of shapes and their attributes. The best part about these games is that they…

  • How to Teach Word Problems to Every Type of Learner

    How to Teach Word Problems Word problems are one of the most complex skills to teach in elementary math. At the same time, they are also the most practical skill. It is so important that our students understand how to solve word problems, yet many teachers struggle with helping their students succeed with this skill. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be hard. Keep reading to learn how to teach word problems like a boss. The problem with many traditional math curriculums is that they only cater to one type of learner. As a teacher, you know very well that there is way more than one type of learner out there!…

  • How to Teach Money Using Games and Activities

    How to Teach Money Money is one of my absolute favorite units to teach because it is so real life. That was a weird sentence, but you know what I mean? Everyone uses money. Kids are fascinated by money. There are so many real-world experiences we can create for our students when teaching money. Counting coins, making change, adding money – these are all super practical skills that we use every single day and the best part is students KNOW they will use these skills. The buy in is already there! As teachers, we just need to make sure we keep it interesting. Today, I’m sharing how to teach money…

  • 6 Dice Games for Math That Are Simple and Fun (+FREEBIE)

    Dice Games for Math Want a quick and easy way to instantly make math more fun for your students? Give them some dice. Seriously – the simplest math activity becomes 100x more fun when dice are involved. Fortunately, there are so many ways to use dice in the math classroom for various concepts. Today I’m sharing with you 6 of my favorite dice games for math. Math Dice Games for 2nd Grade 1. Make That Number Make that Number is a simple dice game to practice addition and subtraction. All you need is 2 or 3 dice and a list of numbers 0-12 (for 2 dice) or 0-18 (for 3…

  • Guest Post: 5 Engaging Sight Word Games

    Teaching Sight Words using Engaging Sight Word Games Today on the blog, Erin from Classrooms and Cats shares all about her favorite engaging sight word games that she uses in her classroom, and hopes that you will implement in yours as well!  Hello friends, my name is Erin Custer and I blog over at Classrooms and Cats!  I have been a Transitional Kindergarten teacher for 7 years and I am all about helping other teachers find fun and engaging ways to help their students learn.  Early Education is where I have spent my entire 10 year teaching career and it is my passion. I am eager to share my ideas…

  • A Fun Easter STEM Activity That Will Challenge Your Students

    Easter STEM Activity Easter is just around the corner! Are you looking for some fun Easter activities to do with your students in the classroom? If so, this easy Easter STEM activity perfect for you. It’s low-prep and inexpensive – all you need is some plastic Easter eggs and about 15 minutes. The best part? It’s challenging! Not only does this activity get students thinking creatively, it also teaches teamwork and patience. Keep reading for more details on how to implement this Easter STEM activity! Easy Easter STEM Challenge The goal of this Easter STEM challenge is simple: build the tallest Easter egg tower. Students will carefully stack Easter egg…

  • How to Do a Math Easter Egg Hunt

    Math Easter Egg Hunt Okay, y’all know how much I love seasonal activities! Hands down one of my favorite holiday activities is a math Easter egg hunt. I’m a big fan of scavenger hunt-type games to begin with, so of course I had to come up with a math version to celebrate Easter. Math Easter egg hunts are literally SO easy to do! I’ll walk you through step by step how to set it up and run the hunt. It’s such a fun activity that your students are sure to love! Since most teachers will not physically be in the classroom before Easter due to Coronavirus, I will also run…

  • My Favorite Activities for Community Building in the Classroom (+ FREEBIES)

    Community Building in the Classroom Having a strong classroom community is arguably the most important aspect of teaching. Our classroom community is what makes students feel welcome and comfortable when they’re at school. Community building in the classroom is something I am super passionate about, so today I’m sharing with you my favorite activities to build a strong classroom community! Classroom Community Building Why build a strong classroom community? Our students spend approximately 40 hours a week in our classroom – equivalent to the amount of time adults spend at their full time job. Think about it. Would you like to work in an environment where your coworkers don’t really…