Happy Hanukkah!

Tomorrow is the first day of Hanukkah! This year, Jewish families will begin lighting the Menorah on Tuesday night, December 12. Focus on Hanukkah in the classroom with this selection of activities.   This lovely menorah craft is created with sponge prints!           Youngsters focus on thankfulness to create this Hanukkah…

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Lost and Found

This Friday, December 8, is National Lost and Found Day. It doesn’t surprise me that this day falls during the start of the winter season, because lost and found piles tend to increase dramatically what with the addition of mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats. (Good gravy–I’m an adult and I can’t keep track of my…

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A Love for Writing

Recently, I saw that there was an unofficial holiday in November titled, “I Love to Write Day.” Now I know that as a teacher you want every single day to be “I Love to Write Day!” And that’s tough, because many youngsters find writing to be frustrating and/or dull. Fortunately, we have lots of writing…

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Did You Know…

Did you know that William Steig, award-winning author and illustrator of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, also wrote Shrek, the source for the fabulous Dreamworks movie? He sure did! And tomorrow is his birthday. William Steig was born in 1907 and passed away in 2003 at the age of 95. In addition to Sylvester and…

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Halloween By the Numbers

Tomorrow is the day! It’s my favorite holiday and an all around favorite for youngsters everywhere. Happy Halloween! During your Halloween or fall celebration, share some of these interesting facts with your students during their math time. (The fourth fact is sure to provoke discussion!) The longest haunted house is in Lewisburg, OH. It’s in…

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