Colorful Prizes! Two Teachers Each Win 10 Pairs of Westcott Jellies™ Scissors—and More

Scissors aren’t just scissors. Westcott Jellies™ have super-comfortable, super-squishy gel-grip handles and come in lots of fun colors. One lucky teacher will win 10 pairs of the 5-inch scissors and another lucky teacher will win 10 pairs of the 7-inch scissors. How can you enter our random drawing? Submit a comment to this blog by…

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Responding to Books

Reading is an obvious way that students can learn at home—and being quarantined at home certainly gives them lots of opportunities! (Personally, I’m working my way through The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin.) That’s why I thought you might like these printables that encourage students to respond to literature.  Click here for this book report…

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Great Poetry Reading Day

This Tuesday, April 28th, is Great Poetry Reading Day! I personally got hooked on poetry in second grade. A classmate’s father visited our class to read poetry to us and several of the poems were by Shel Silverstein. It was delightful and hilarious and obviously very memorable. I even remember going home and telling my…

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Windy Weather!

We’ve certainly been having typical spring weather here in North Carolina—days alternating between sunshine and rain with lots of wind! It was so windy last week, my cats hid under the bed. As long as my electricity stays on, I love rainy and windy spring days! Check out these windy-weather ideas that are timely and…

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Why Are You Home?!

Do you have confused pets wondering why you’re home all the time? I have three—Ralph, Rufus, and Moose. They’re all orange cats. Currently their hobbies include taking over my “work chair,” trying to walk on the laptop, attempting to chew my mouse cord, and sniffing my lunch. I love them and they’re hilarious. And to…

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Head to the Kitchen—to Do Some Science! Win This Book

Working from home means the kitchen is SO CLOSE BY! Turn that temptation into a learning experience with Kitchen Chemistry: Cool Crystals, Rockin’ Reactions, and Magical Mixtures with Hands-On Science Activities (Nomad Press). Preview the experiments to use with your students, try them with your own family, or videotape them to upload and share with…

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Being a Home Body

Cheers to you, teacher friends! This is my usual morning iced coffee with vanilla creamer. Everyone at The Mailbox® is working from home. So of course I’m doing my job in leggings and a hoodie sans makeup. It’s productive and quiet here—although my cats keep trying to sit on the work laptop.  When I’m not…

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