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Holidays

21 Websites and Apps for Earth Day

earth dayApril 22, 2018 is Earth Day. Celebrate it with your students by letting them visit these websites:

  1. Breathing earth– the environment
  2. Breathing Earth YouTube Video–of CO2 use, population changes, and more
  3. Conservation Game
  4. Earth Day—NASA Ocean Currents
  5. Eco-friendly house
  6. Ecotourism Simulation–for grades 4 and above
  7. Electrocity
  8. Footprint calculator
  9. History of Earth Day–lots of reading
  10. My Garbology
  11. Starfall — Every Day is Earth Day
  12. Storyboard That! Earth Day lesson plans

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22 Easter Sites For Students

Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. The date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. This year, it’s April 1, 2018.

Here are some websites your students will love:

  1. 18+ Interactive Easter websiteseaster puppies
  2. ABCYa Easter Egg Hunt
  3. Classroom Easter Egg Hunt
  4. Easter color-me
  5. Easter Color Me
  6. Easter Fun
  7. Easter games from Primary Games
  8. Easter Lesson plans
  9. Easter poems and songs
  10. Easter Puppies
  11. Easter puzzles
  12. Easter Science Experiment
  13. Easter Bunny Song
  14. Easter Egg story
  15. Easter Videos
  16. Easter Word hunt
  17. Here Comes the Easter Bunny
  18. History of Easter
  19. History of Easter
  20. It’s Easter Little Critter

Here are two sites that work well with iPads:

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Celebrate Pi With Your Students

Throwback Pi Day–I’ll republish this post from last year, just to remind you of this wonderful mathematical day:

Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form.

Daniel Tammet, a high-functioning autistic savant, holds the European record for reciting pi from memory to 22,514 digits in five hours and nine minutes.

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17 St. Patrick’s Day Sites For the Classroom

st patricks day websitesGetting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun websites:

  1. Color the shamrock
  2. Color the Pot-o-gold
  3. Color the leprechaun
  4. Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle
  5. Puzzle–St. Pat’s puzzle II
  6. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle
  7. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle
  8. Puzzles and games
  9. St. Patrick’s Day history–video
  10. St. Pat’s Day songs–video
  11. Tic tac toe
  12. Webquest for St. Patrick’s Day I
  13. Webquest II
  14. Wordsearch

If you have iPads at your school, try these three apps:

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39 Resources for Read Across America Day

Many people in the United States, particularly students, parents and teachers, join forces on Read Across America Day, annually held on March 2. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Here are some great reading websites for students K-5:

  1. Aesop Fables—no ads
  2. Aesop’s Fables
  3. Audio stories
  4. Childhood Stories
  5. Classic Fairy Tales
  6. Fairy Tales and Fables
  7. Listen/read–Free non-fic audio books
  8. Starfall
  9. Stories read by actors
  10. Stories to read for youngsters
  11. Stories to read–II
  12. Stories—MeeGenius—read/to me
  13. Stories—non-text
  14. Story Scramble
  15. Ziggity Zoom Stories (more…)
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20 Valentine Sites For Students

valentine-297033_640Here are some fun Valentine sites to fill those few minutes betwixt and between lessons, projects, bathroom breaks, lunch, and everything else:

  1. Apps
  2. Drag-and-drop
  3. Dress up the heart
  4. Google Drawings Magnetic Poetry from Ctrl Alt Achieve
  5. Games and puzzles
  6. Games and stories
  7. ‘I love you’ in languages Afrikaans to Zulu
  8. Line up the hearts
  9. Match
  10. Mouse skills
  11. Poem generator
  12. Projects from Winter Wonderland
  13. Puppy jigsaw
  14. Rebus game
  15. Rebuses
  16. Sudoku
  17. Tic-tac-toe
  18. Typing
  19. Unscramble
  20. Write in a heart
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Holiday Lesson Plans

Looking for holiday lesson plans? Here’s my collection.

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Let’s Celebrate World Read-aloud Day (#WorldReadAloudDay)

world read aloud dayOn Feb. 1, 2018, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the pure joy of oral reading with kids of all ages. Created by LitWorld, past years have found more than 1 million people in 100 countries joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups or individually, at school as part of classroom activities, or home, and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another.

For many, this is a rare opportunity to hear the passion of a well-told story and fall in love with tales where hearing them reaches listeners on a level nothing else can. Think back to your experiences. You probably sat with an adult, in their lap or curled up in bed. The way they mimicked the voices in the story, built drama, and enthused with you over the story and characters made you want to read more stories on your own. This is a favorite activity not just for pre-readers, but beginning and accomplished readers because it’s not about reading the book; it’s about experiencing it through the eyes of a storyteller.

Somehow, as lives for both the adults and children have gotten busier, as digital devices have taken over, as parents turned to TVs or iPads to babysit kids while they do something else, we’ve gotten away from this most companionable of activities. World Read Aloud Day is an opportunity to get back to it.

Here are some classroom activities designed to do just that.

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Happy New Year!

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Happy Holiday!

I’ll be taking a few weeks off–until after the New Year–to edit/format my website, work on writing projects with a deadline, prioritize life, and wish my two adult military children could come home to visit. I may drop in on you-all as you enjoy your holidays, but mostly I’ll be regenerating.

I wish you a wonderful season, safe and filled with family.

See you shortly!merry christmas

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Holiday Gifts for Teachers

Holiday gifts for teachers are a challenge. If your child has many teachers, it’s difficult to find a personalized gift for each that is both affordable and valued. For me, as a teacher, I am always happy with a gift certificate that works anywhere, but there are time-proven ways to get more creative than a gift that sounds like “Money.”

When I chat with teacher friends, here are the most popular holiday gifts they’ve gotten over the years. Many are free, and others allow you to spend only what you can afford while still giving a gift the teacher will love.

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