## 5 Math Games Every Classroom Needs to Play

…student crosses off numbers it can’t be and circles numbers it could. The person who guesses the right number, wins and gets to choose the next number. The best part…

## 20 Reading Skills to Teach with The Name Jar

…to change her name to an American name. Her class decides that they want to help figure out an American name so make a name jar, putting in all different…

## How to Cure the Classroom Library Blues

…the title of the book and the number on the card on the card. They give the card to me. When they return the book, I check that the number

## How to Introduce Decimals with Base Ten Blocks

…board and asking students work to with their teams to “build” that number on the team mat. You can make up your own numbers or use the Build a Decimal…

## Chinese New Year Traditions: Free Teaching Resources

…diagram with the two circles labeled Chinese New Year and American New Year. Explain that the Chinese New Year is similar to the American New Year in some ways, but…

## Lunar New Year Traditions: Free Teaching Resources

…have them draw a Venn diagram with the two circles labeled Lunar New Year and American New Year. Explain that the Lunar New Year is similar to the American New…

## How to Turn a Word Problem into a Rich Math Task (Part Two)

…Some will try to draw the solution, some may write a number sentence, and others will simply write a number for the answer. Next, choose several students who have solved…

## Playing the Mystery Skype Game

…team think of a secret number. The players on the other team ask Yes/No questions to try to guess the other team’s number. Is your number higher than 50? Is…

## Supporting Self-Regulation in the Classroom

…can support self-regulation in the classroom is to regularly and deeply relax. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, integrating sensory awareness, breath, and movement activities into your daily routine will not…

## Earth Rounds: What Fraction of the Earth Can Support Life?

…kids are surprised that only 1/8 of the earth can support life, so it’s an eye-opening experience that helps them understand the importance of conserving our natural resources. This activity…

## How to Form Cooperative Learning Teams

…each student’s team number in the box on the bottom of his or her card. To assign team numbers, start with the top row and call it Team 1. Write…

## A Tribute to Francie, the Heart of Caring Classrooms

…webinars together, co-authored several blog articles, and encouraged teachers on social media. In 2013, we co-founded the Caring Classrooms Giving Community to provide even more support for teachers who need…