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Geometry, specifically 2-D shapes, is one of those skills that my students need to practice a lot to remember the definitions and characteristics of the different shapes. To mix up my practice, I like to use these free geometry activities that are super low-prep but still engaging for the students. Materials Needed: Printable Cube ---> Download at the end of ... Read More

It is no secret that I love math centers and small group math (read more here!). And I also love having a variety of math activities to meet the needs of my students and to engage them. This post shares some low-prep (and FREE!) decimal activities that are perfect for decimal review or decimal math centers. Materials Needed: Printable Cube ---> Download at ... Read More

Figurative language is always one of my favorite ELA skills to teach. It lends itself to fun, engaging lessons. This post will share videos for reviewing or teaching figurative language. (As with any videos that I share, I recommend that you watch the videos before showing them to your students.) Figurative Language Explained Running Time: 1:58 This short, ... Read More

Using videos to explain science concepts and topics is a great way to reinforce what you are teaching and mix up your instruction. This post will share a collection of videos for teaching plant and animal cells. As with all videos, I recommend you preview them before showing them to your students. :) 1. Bill Nye the Science Guy - Cells Running Time: ... Read More

Sometimes grading assessments can be frustrating, depressing, and a mystery or a combination of all of these. Whether we give quick assessments, exit slips, or lengthy tests, it is so important that we analyze the results and let that drive our instruction. But, that is easier said than done. On this post, I will share the steps I take and the printable I use when ... Read More

One of my new favorite obsessions is using Jenga in the classroom to review and spiral concepts. Over the past year or so, I have been creating several games that are perfect if you want to incorporate Jenga in your classroom and they are all free! On this post, I will share brief descriptions and links to each one. Getting to Know You: Jenga Game Your students will ... Read More

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