Summer Jokes Are Fun!

Summer Jokes for FUN!

It is summer and time for some Summer Jokes!  After the last 15 months I think we all deserve some time to laugh and enjoy life.  It’s time for fun and relaxation. Check out the jokes below that are simple, silly and will give you some summertime FUN!

Happy Summer!

19 Summer Jokes

  1. Why do bananas use sunscreen?
  2. Which letter is the coolest?
  3. What do you call a snowman in July?
  4. What race is never run?
  5. What is the best day to go to the beach?
  6. What does the sun drink out of?
  7. What do you get when you combine an elephant with a fish?
  8. What do you pay to spend a day on the beach?
  9. Why are mountains the funniest place to vacation?
  10. What do frogs eat in the summer?
  11. Do fish go on vacation?
  12. What do you call seagulls that live near the bay?
  13. What happens if you throw a red sun hat in the water?
  14. Why does a seagull fly over the sea?
  15. What kind of water cannot freeze?
  16. What kind of tree fits in your hand?
  17. What animal is always at a baseball game?
  18. Why are fish never good tennis players?
  19. Where do sheep go on vacation?

Summer Joke Answers

  1. Because they peel.
  2. Iced t.
  3. A puddle.
  4. A swimming race.
  5. SUNday.
  6. Sunglasses.
  7. A: Swimming trunks!    
  8. Sand dollars. 
  9. They are hill-arious. 
  10. Hopsicles! 
  11. No, because they are always in school!
  12. Bagels. 
  13. It gets wet! 
  14. Because if it flew over the bay, it would be a baygull.
  15. Hot water.
  16. A palm tree!
  17. A bat
  18. Because they never get close to the net!
  19. To the baa-hamas!

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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Father’s Day Jokes 2021

Father’s Day jokes will make everyone smile.

I am loving being the Grandma on Father’s Day because I can help the grandkids prepare something for their DADs for the special day.  For the little ones, we tackled a card. But for the older ones…. we went for Father’s Day jokes. Teaching vocabulary, explaining the puns, and helping them “deliver” the jokes was hysterical. But watching some of the kids crack up with laughter and the others rolling their eyes, just made my day. 

So, to my sons and son-in-law, I hope you enjoy the kids presents as much as I did helping them get ready.  

Happy Father’s Day Friends! 

10 Father’s Day Jokes

  1. What did the golfer dad want for Father’s Day?
  2. What do dads like to snack on for Father’s Day?
  3. When does Father’s Day come before St. Patrick’s Day?
  4. Why did the kids give their dad a blanket for Father’s Day?
  5. What is the last thing the balloon said to his dad on Father’s Day?
  6. What is the easiest kind of flower to find for dad on Father’s Day?
  7. What do dads like to eat for breakfast on Father’s Day?
  8. How do dads look on Father’s Day?
  9. What kind of music did the kids play for their dad on Father’s Day?
  10. What is the first thing a dad does on Father’s Day?

Answers

  1. A Tee Shirt
  2. POPcorn.
  3. In the dictionary!
  4. Because he was the coolest dad.
  5. POP!
  6. Daddylions.
  7. POP Tarts!
  8. With their eyes.
  9. Pop music.
  10. He wakes up!

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.


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Literacy-Rich Classroom Environments

Literacy-rich classrooms support student learning.

When working with student teachers, I am often asked what things I see in a classroom that makes it a literacy-rich environment. A literacy-rich environment emphasizes the importance of speaking, reading, and writing. It is designed to facilitate language and literacy opportunities. It should surround our students with literacy that expands outside the subject of reading and into all subject areas.

The specific design classroom is dependent on the age of the students.  The following factors can be used as is or modified to meet your student needs. Check them out and see how literacy -rich your classroom is.

Literacy-Rich Classroom Characteristics:

  • Walls that reinforce and grow with students.
  • High engagement literacy activities
  • Heavy focus on application through authentic texts
  • Classroom library with a variety of independent texts
  • Leveled literacy library for small group instruction.
  • Meaningful independent seatwork with a purpose
  • Classroom displays that document learning in progress.
  • Learning resources to support knowledge (word walls, anchor charts)
  • Interdisciplinary viewpoint
  • Literacy centers that reinforce and extend learning.
  • Appropriate homework to apply and practice learning.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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Stories and Jokes with Holes

Stories and Jokes with Holes

When you give stories and jokes with holes to your kids you have to teach them to look at them differently.  Teaching them that the nonsense or confusing language they are reading is part of “the trick” will help them to find solutions.

Guide them to look for a word or a phrase that may have more than one meaning.  Check that they understand what the question is asking. Encourage them to reread the story and the question aloud SLOWLY, thinking about each word.  Just knowing that these are “tricky” will help them get in a mindset to figure out the answer.  

Need a little help to get you thinking? Check out the hints listed below.  

Stories and Jokes with Holes Challenges

  1. What has a large mouth but cannot talk?
  2. What 3 syllable word contains all twenty-six letters
  3. What has cities without people, rivers with no water, and forests without trees?
  4. How long would it take someone to cut a log into ten pieces if each cut takes one minute?
  5. Emily bragged about her softball team.  “Three of our ladies hit home runs, and two of those were grand slams.  We won but not a single lady crossed the plate.” How is this possible?
  6. The car salesperson was selling lots of cars last week.  Each day she sold 5 more cars than she did the day before.  How many cars did she sell on the first day? How many cars did she sell at the end of the entire week?
  7. Two teenagers traveled to Tennessee to talk to the governor about voter’s rights.  How many T’s are in that?
  8. What question can you never answer “yes” to?

Answers

  1. A jar
  2. Alphabet
  3. A map
  4. 9 minutes- it only takes 9 cuts. 
  5. All of the players were married.
  6. On the 1st day, she sold 0, 2nd day -5, 3rd day – 10, 4th day 15, 5th day 20, 6th day 25, 7th day 30.  At the end of the first day, she did not sell any cars. Total cars sold in a week was 105.
  7. There are only two T’s in the word THAT.
  8. Are you asleep?

Stories and Jokes with Holes Hints

  1. HINT:  It is an item that can be found in a refrigerator or a cupboard.  
  2. It is a word that many kids learn about in preschool.
  3. HINT: It can help you find your way.
  4. HINT: Try using a chart to solve the problem and include how many pieces are cut each minute.
  5. HINT:  The two words “single lady” is key to the answer.
  6. HINT: Try using a chart to solve the problem and include how many cars are sold each day. 
  7. HINT: Focus only on the question and NOT on the story.
  8. It is something that everyone does every day (usually at nighttime)

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National Park Service: Virtual Resource

National Park Service has outstanding virtual resources.

The United States has 62 officially protected areas designated as national parks. Since they are spread across the country, most of us can’t get to visit a park easily.  Lucky for us, the National Park Service (NPS) has created an extensive list of digital opportunities and activities to do at home or at school. The resources are good for all ages and can be integrated into all content areas and subject areas. 

Virtual visitors can access live tours, kid’s activities, reading lists, digital suggestions and participate in live presentations. There are also online galleries of photos, videos, webcams, podcasts, and sound recordings. They also have made it easy to connect 24/7 to their websites and through social media.  You can share stories, photos, trip ideas. Park experiences, and more with park staff and other enthusiasts.  Many parks and programs have their own account to follow but you can also follow national NPS accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

National Park Service (NPS) Social Media

  • Facebook: Receive updates, news releases, photos, videos, events, and live streams from parks and NPS programs.
  • Instagram: Get your daily inspiration of photos, videos, and live stories from parks around the country.
  • Twitter: Receive park updates, news releases, photos, and videos from @NatlParkService.
  • YouTube: Explore videos about wildlife, history, events, trip planning, and more.

My Favorite Virtual National Parks

National Park Service (NPS) Activities

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Calendar Dates for June/July

June/July FUN Activities

Just because kids aren’t in school doesn’t mean you don’t celebrate special dates.  Calendar dates can help to make days special and opportunities to learn. Special days and observances can be everything from silly to serious and everything in between.

I know I have NOT included every celebration in the list below.  But the list below should get you started with some “hours of fun!”  ENJOY! 

June Daily Calendar Dates

  • June 3: World Bicycle Day
  • June 5: National Doughnut Day (first Friday)
  • June 8: World Ocean Day
  • June 10: Iced Tea Day
  • June 19: Juneteenth
  • June 20: Summer Solstice/Summer Begins (varies)
  • June 21: Father’s Day (third Sunday)

June Weekly/Monthly Calendar Dates

  • Teacher Thank You Week (first week)
  • National Gardening Week (first week)
  • National Flag Week (usually third week with Flag Day)
  • Dairy Month

July Daily Holidays and Observances

July 4: Independence Day

  • July 4: Independence Day
  • July 18: World Listening Day
  • July 19: National Ice Cream Day (third Sunday)
  • July 23: Gorgeous Grandma Day
  • July 26: National Parents Day (fourth Sunday)
  • July 30: International Day of Friendship

July Weekly/Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • Clean Beaches Week (July 1-7)
  • National Ice Cream Month
  • National Make a Difference for Children Month
  • National Picnic Month

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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Google Earth: Home Learning

Google Earth is great for home learning.

So, in looking for additional things to do with my granddaughters on virtual school days, I started exploring Google Earth. Google Earth is a learning tool to experience new places and adventures around the world without leaving your home. It is one of the easiest distance learning resources requiring little prep and the kids love it; almost as much as I do. Without travel this year, it has become our virtual “staycation”.

Kids Favorite Google Earth Activities:

  • Voyager Games and Activities – A collection of interactive guided tours, quizzes and layers that uses rich media, 360 videos, and street views that allow you to see the world. Kids can explore National Parks, track hurricanes, and explore space. They can even play travel games using Carmen Sandiego and discover new places, cultures, and customs. 
  • I’m Feeling Lucky button – As a kid, I would spin the globe and see where my finger landed.  I had read the name, but I never researched anything about where my finger landed.  Now, with a simple “click” you can stop the globe from spinning and learn about the place where the globe stopped. 

Be sure to check out the Resource Hub on the Google Earth Education website. It has amazing resources for teachers that are READY to GO.  Complete lesson plans are available on multiple topics and on many grade levels. The site, complete with tutorials, makes learning fun and easy.  There are also opportunities to join global projects with other classrooms and publish student writing.   This site is a win-win for everyone! Have Fun!

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South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center

Home learning resources, and strategies to connect schools, families and communities.

You do not have to be a South Dakota resident to take advantage of this great website to support early learners. The South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center (SD SFEC) has partnered with other education agencies to create early learning kits.  For South Dakota friends (teachers, families, and childcare providers) you can request early learning kits for young children. However, for non- South Dakota residents there are 24 Kindergarten Readiness cards that can be downloaded on its website. 

June Dates for Classroom FUN

June Dates for Classroom FUN

June dates are sure to bring lots of fun to classrooms. Calendar dates can help to make days special and opportunities to learn. Special days and observances can be everything from silly to serious and everything in between.

These special days don’t have to be only celebrated at home.  Knowing the days can extend to homes and family activities too.  Aren’t we all looking for ways to make learning at fun everywhere?  After a year of being in the midst of a pandemic aren’t we all ready for some FUN?  

I know I have NOT included every celebration in the list below.  But the list below should get you started with some “hours of fun!”  ENJOY! If you are ready for even more fun, check out the websites below that list additional holidays and celebrations.  Along with basic information you will find classroom resources and lesson ideas.  ALL FREE!

June Dates: Daily Celebrations

  • June 4                  National Donut Day
  • June 8                  World Ocean Day
  • June 14                Flag Day
  • June 18                International Picnic Day
  • June 18                National Flip Flop Day
  • June 19                Juneteenth
  • June 20                Start of Summer
  • June 20                Father’s Day
  • June 21                World Music Day
  • June 27                National Sunglasses Day

June Weekly Observances

  • Teacher Thank You Week (1st week)

June Monthly Observances

  • National Safety Month
  • Child Vision Awareness Month
  • National Safety Month

FREE Celebration Resources

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Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Some days are just long when you are a teacher.  This year, the pandemic has made many of our days long and have us all questioning if we are doing everything we need to for our students. These are the days that we could use some inspirational Teacher quotes. 

As a student teacher supervisor, I have watched student teachers work in classrooms that change by the day.  One day face to face, next day virtual.  Kids in school part time and virtual the other days.  Teaching both to classroom kids and kids at home. If it is hard for me to keep up with their schedule, I cannot imagine their days! A special thank you to the Cooperating Teachers for volunteering to mentor in these crazy times. 

So, for Teacher Appreciation Week check out the teacher quotes below that remind us why we teach.  Consider it a couple of minutes of self-care.  We know we teach because we love helping kids but sometimes a few nice words can make our day.  Sometimes it is just a few words that remind us WHY we became teachers. 

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.   Pablo Picasso     

Children must be taught to think, not what to think.  Margaret Mead

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.                                                             Malala Yousafzai

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it todayMalcom X    

In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. Phil Collins

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. Lily Tomlin

We never know which lives we influence, or when or why. Stephen King

Don’t just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything! George Carlin

Thank you to every teacher that tries to make a difference every day! 

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Using An Editing Checklist Improves Writing

Using An Editing Checklist Improves Writing

An Editing Checklist is a great tool to help students improve their writing.  By teaching students how to use an editing checklist they will be better able to address their own mistakes while writing. It allows students to revise and edit until it is “just right”.

5 Steps to Use Editing Checklist

  • Tell students the purpose of the checklist.
  • Tell students the best authors use checklists.
  • Provide the checklist at the beginning of the assignment so they can use it through the writing process (pre-writing, rough draft, revising, editing, peer editing, and final copy).  Remind them to go over the checklist prior to the publishing stage.
  • Demonstrate how to use the checklist.
  • Ask students to turn in the checklist with their published list.  This will help them be accountable for the items on the checklist.

Editing Checklist Sample

When I was a K-2 elementary principal we adopted the following checklist to help our students become better writers.  

  1. I have reread my work to make sure it says what I intended to write.
  2. I have checked to make sure my sentences are not too long.  If they are, I have rephrased them.
  3. I have checked to see that I used the correct verb tense.
  4. I have found misspelled words, circled them, and tried spelling them correctly in the margin.
  5. I have checked to see if I used the correct homophone. (there, their, for, four)
  6. I have checked to see if I have used correct punctuation (commas, question marks, periods, quotation marks, apostrophes)
  7. Every sentence begins with an uppercase letter.
  8. I have checked to see that my nouns and verbs agree.
  9. I have indented each new paragraph (new thought per paragraph)
  10. I have used uppercase letters for names of people, places, and proper nouns.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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Mother’s Day Jokes 2021

Mother’s Day jokes to make us laugh.

I am loving being the Grandma on Mother’s Day because I can help the grandkids prepare something for their MOMs for the special day.  For the little ones, we tackled a card. But for the older ones…. we went for Mother’s Day jokes. Teaching vocabulary, explaining the puns, and helping them “deliver” the jokes was hysterical. But watching some of the kids crack up with laughter and the others rolling their eyes, just made my day. 

So, to my daughter and daughters-in-law, I hope you enjoy the kids presents as much as I did helping them get ready.  

Happy Mother’s Day Friends!

10 Mother’s Day Jokes

  1. What color flowers do mama cats like to get on Mother’s Day?
  2. What was the mommy cat wearing to breakfast on Mother’s Day?
  3. What makes more noise than a child jumping on mommy’s bed on Mother’s Day morning?
  4. What did the mommy cat say when her kittens brought her warm milk on Mother’s Day?
  5. What kind of flowers are best for Mother’s Day?
  6. What did the mama tomato say to the baby tomato?
  7. What did the cheerleader bring her mom for breakfast on Mother’s Day? 
  8. When does Mother’s Day come before St. Patrick’s Day? 
  9. Why do mother kangaroos hate rainy days?
  10. Why did the banana mom go to visit a doctor?

Answers

  1. Purrrrrrrrple flowers.
  2. Her paw-jamas!
  3. Two children jumping on mommy’s bed!
  4. It is purrrrfect!
  5. Mums
  6. Catch up!
  7. Cheerios
  8. In the dictionary!
  9. Because then her kids have to play inside.
  10. Because she was not peeling well.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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More Effective Special Education Strategies

Effective special education strategies can make a difference.

A new cadre of student teachers start their special education placements this week.  Teaching a classroom of students with a multitude of needs is difficult for the most experienced teacher.  So, for novice teachers, it can be overwhelming. But there are some effective special education strategies that student teachers can add to their toolbox to help meet the needs of their new students. However, since student needs vary widely; flexibility is key.

Check out the list of strategies to try with your students that need support with communication/language, social/emotional growth and physical /motor development. For some kids, the recipe for success may change daily.  Thank you for working so hard to help all kids shine! 

Communication and Language

  • Provide verbal prompts for vocabulary words or responses.
  • Increase complexity of words in language and content.
  • Use letters of alphabet as they come up in real life situations.
  • Allow children to demonstrate understanding in multiple ways (pointing, using visuals, communication boards or devices, own words, pointing.
  • Understand that some children may speak languages other than English (LOTE) and identify and explain patterns of spoken English.

 Social/Emotional Growth

  • Allow calming breaks for focusing (quiet area, place to move, “special helper”)
  • Provide transition sensory support (squeeze ball, sensory items, weighted blankets, seat cushions)
  • Identify and discuss feelings.
  • Support transitions (visual and verbal cues, songs)
  • Consider child’s seating.
  • Model coping feelings
  • Establish one-on-one time for teacher/student meetings.
  • Intervene as needed (resolving conflict, problem solving, making friends)
  • Adjust environment (lighting, noise, materials, soft music, distractions)

Physical/Motor Development

  • Allow extra time.
  • Enhance visual clarity or distinctiveness (special lighting)
  • Ensure accessibility and ease of handling – Talk to Physical and Occupational Therapist for ideas.
  • Provide opportunities for pincer grasp (thumb/forefinger) Gluing, small crayons, picking up small objects.
  • Allow students to explore sensory needs with sensory items (glue, paint, clay, silly putty)

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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Strategies for Teaching Problem Solving Skills

Teaching kids specific strategies will help kids be better at problem solving.

Teaching kids who struggle in math is not easy.  But there are some procedures and strategies that have been shown to be helpful when learning mathematical concepts.  The following 5 strategies should be included in each math lesson.

  1. Teach each step in the sequence.
  2. Ensure that steps are taught through demonstration.
  3. Allow sufficient time for guided practice.
  4. Provide independent practice with guidance.
  5. Create a visual display and post in the classroom or student notebooks to assist students.

4 Problem Solving Strategies

Check our 4 problem solving strategies that use mnemonics to help remember them: RIDE, FAST DRAW, TINS, and STAR. I like to consider the mnemonic math strategies to be the “training wheels” of problem solving. They get your students up and solving problems, helping to build confidence until they are ready to solve the problems without mnemonics.

RIDE (Mercer, Mercer, & Pullen, 2011) RIDE is a strategy used to assist students with solving word problems. Students who have trouble with abstract reasoning, attention, memory, and/or visual spatial skills may benefit from the strategy.

R – Remember the problem correctly.

I – Identify the relevant information.

D – Determine the operations and unit for expressing the answer.

E – Enter the correct numbers, calculate, and check the answer.

FAST DRAW (Mercer & Miller, 1992) Like RIDE, FAST DRAW is another strategy used to solve word problems.

F— Find what you are solving for.

A— Ask yourself, “What are the parts of the problem?”

S— Set up the numbers.

T— Tie down the sign.

D — Discover the sign.

R — Read the problem.

A — Answer or draw and check.

W— Write the answer

TINS Strategy (Owen, 2003) The TINS strategy allows students to use different steps to analyze and solve word problems: (1) Think, (2) Information Circle, (3) Number Sentence, (4) Solution Sentence.

T—Thought Think about what you need to do to solve this problem and circle the key words.

I— Information Circle and write the information needed to solve this problem; draw a picture; cross out unneeded information.

N— Number Sentence Write a number sentence to represent the problem.

S – Solution Sentence Write a solution sentence that explains your answer.

STAR – The STAR strategy prompts students to apply a 4 -step problem-solving method: (1) Search, (2) Translate, (3) Answer, and (4) Review.

Search for important information

  • Read it aloud.
  • Highlight key words.
  • Cross out information that is not important

Translate the word problem into a number sentence.

  • Arrange counters/objects to understand the problem.
  • Draw the problem.
  • Explain the problem in your own words.

Answer the problem.

  • Consider the math operations to use.
  • Think about the steps to follow and their proper order. 

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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Recognizing Strengths in Kids

Recognizing Strengths in Kids

When the 8 grandkids (all under 10 years old), arrive for a visit, our house is filled with varied personalities. Empathetic, aloof, funny, competitive you name it, and we probably have it.  Each visit I am recognizing strengths that I had not seen before and I marvel at the changes right before my eyes. 

Kid’s strengths are different; some are obvious and others harder to notice.  It is easy to see athleticism, but it is harder to see a child that is good at compromising, unless they had to negotiate a deal! Some of those inner qualities go unnoticed unless we learn to recognize and talk about them.   This encourages skill development and open discussions about hard work and effort.  It helps to develop a child’s growth mindset to develop other strengths.

Check out the categories below that you see in kids and adults. Every time I teach or write about personal strengths, I recognize that my strengths have changed once again. The challenges of the pandemic I am sure have caused us all to find some undiscovered strengths. Can you identify some of your own strengths?

Social Strengths

  • Has a good sense of humor.
  • Accepts the differences in others.
  • Is a good listener.
  • Puts effort into making friends and keeping them.
  • Shares, takes turns, and can compromise.
  • Asks for help when needed.
  • Accepts personal responsibility for actions.
  • Tells the truth and can apologize when needed.

Literacy Strengths

  • Can retell and remember story details.
  • Can sound out unfamiliar words.
  • Understands the structure of sounds.
  • Makes connections between reading material and personal experiences.
  • Can rhyme.
  • Can make predictions in stories.
  • Reads with expression.
  • Recognizes sight words easily.  

Math and Logic Strengths

  • Solves puzzles or word problems.
  • Uses math concepts in the real world.
  • Remembers math facts.
  • Can do mental math in head.
  • Has strong number sense.
  • Sees and understand patterns in nature and in numbers.
  • Understands math terms used in word problems.

Study Skills Strengths

  • Understands and can set goals.
  • Stays focused on tasks.
  • Follows rules and routines well.
  • Learns from mistakes and solves problems.
  • Is a self-starter.
  • Flexible thinker.
  • Organizes thoughts and physical items like a backpack.

Language Strengths

  • Participates in discussions at home, at school, and with friends.
  • Uses words to express needs, wants, and ideas.
  • Use lots of words and likes learning new words.
  • Tells stories that have a clear beginning, middle and end.
  • Can change tone of voice when telling a story or asking a question.
  • Can answer who, what, when, where, why and how questions in a conversation about a story.
  • Understands jokes, puns, and sarcasm.

Character Strengths

  • Is honest and trustworthy.
  • Is resilient.
  • Shows independence.
  • Cooperates
  • Works hard
  • Shows loyalty.
  • Helps others.
  • Is caring, kind and empathetic.

Other Strengths and Talents

  • Is creative/artistic.
  • Does community service projects.
  • Plays sports or games (video games included)
  • Takes care of animals and/or younger children.
  • Entertains people by telling jokes or stories.
  • Practice’s yoga, mindfulness, or meditation.
  • Dances, acts, sings, or plays a musical instrument.

Upcoming Post: Developing a Growth Mindset

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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Special Education Strategies Make a Difference

Special education teaching strategies can make a difference.

A new cadre of student teachers start their special education placements this week.  Teaching a classroom of students with a multitude of needs is difficult for the most experienced teacher.  So, for novice teachers, it can be overwhelming. But there are some effective teaching strategies in special education that student teachers can add to their toolbox to help meet the needs of their new students. However, since student needs vary widely; flexibility is key.

Check out the list of strategies to try with your students that need a different approach to learning, struggle with change or have short attention spans.  For some kids, the recipe for success may change daily.  Thank you for working so hard to help all kids shine!

Vary Approach to Learning

  • Simplify and repeat directions as needed.
  • Sequence learning tasks from simple to complex.
  • Add visual supports and cues (charts, pictures, color coding)
  • Give repeated opportunities to practice skills.
  • Provide immediate, positive, descriptive feedback.
  • Use manipulative and sensory materials that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Offer choices so children can follow interests and strengths.
  • Use concrete material or examples.
  • Be sensitive to schedule changes: time for transitions, reminders of schedule changes, order of activities, length of activities.
  • Provide time to process learning.

Managing Change

  • Develop easy-to-use monitoring tools that are needs-based.
  • Design teaching aids and lessons that are flexible.
  • Add creativity to lessons and homework.
  • Develop lesson plans that can be modified to fit each student.
  • Develop a set of resources and interventions that work.

Short Attention Spans

  • Establish consistent everyday routines.
  • Share ideas with parents to help with homework.
  • Open dialogue with parents to share “what works and doesn’t” at home and school.
  • Set clear expectations for all students.
  • Break assignments into smaller pieces.
  • Add routine breaks into work time to create shorter periods.
  • Use visual and auditory reminders to transition from one activity to another.
  • Develop a reward system for desired behaviors: completing work, class participation, good behavior.

Coming Soon: Strategies: Communication and Language, Social/ Emotional and Physical/Motor Development.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

Isn’t education All about reaching the kids in the classroom and at home?

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Mini Detective Mysteries

You can solve mini detective mysteries.

Great detectives have an awesome eye for details.  They solve crimes by looking carefully at crime scenes, interviewing suspects, and listening to alibis. Read the Mini Detective Mysteries below CAREFULLY  and THINK like a detective.  Happy Investigating!

Detective Mysteries

  • Two girls played five complete games of chess.  Each girl wins the same number of games. There are no ties.  How?
  • If it takes 5 women to dig 5 holes, how long does it take one woman to dig half a hole?
  • A farmer has seventeen sheep.  All but nine of them die.  How many sheep does he have left?
  • The landscaper at the circular mansion was found unconscious in the foyer.  He had been poisoned.  The detective interviewed the cook, maid, and babysitter.  The cook’s alibi was that she was in the kitchen preparing breakfast.  The maid was dusting the corner of all the rooms.  The babysitter was in the yard playing with the kids. Who was not telling the truth?
  • The red house is on one side of the street and the blue is on the other, where is the White House?
  • A man was found dead early Thursday morning.  He was killed while his wife was sleeping.  The wife knew everyone’s whereabouts and shared it with the detective.  The wife tells the detective that the cook was cleaning the oven, the maid was making the beds and the butler was polishing the candlesticks.  The detective immediate arrested the person responsible.  Who is responsible and why?
  • Kelly tells Chris, “This isn’t the $20 bill you left on the table. I found it in between pages 38 and 39 in the book on the table. Chris tells Kelly, “You’re not telling the truth and I can prove it”. How did Chris know?
  • Joan was killed one Sunday morning.  The investigator knew who to arrest after they discovered where everyone was at the time of the murder. Who killed Joan? Here are the clues.
    • Nancy was getting the mail.
    • Joe was cooking.
    • Karen was planting in the garden.
    • Pat was doing the laundry.

Detective Mysteries Solutions

  • The two girls were not playing against each other.
  • There is no such thing as half a hole.
  • Nine
  • The maid because a circular mansion does not have corners to dust.
  • In Washington, D.C.
  • The wife because if she were sleeping as she stated, how could she have known where everyone was?
  • Books have odd-numbered pages on the right and even-numbered on the left.  So, it is impossible to find the $20 bill between the pages.
  • Joan was killed by Nancy because there is no mail delivery on Sundays.

Historical Landmarks Virtual Tours

Historical landmarks virtual tours bring the world into your home.

I always loved field trips with my own family and with my students.  Field trips give kids an opportunity to explore different places and learn new things.  But with COVID-19 limits this past year online adventures have been the GO-TO for many kids and families. Historical Virtual Tours brings the world TO your students.  It is an opportunity for kids to explore different cities, customs, and cultures.  They are not as good as “the real thing” but hopefully, they will leave a lasting impression on kids and they will choose to revisit them in the future. Two great things about online adventures are that you can “visit” then any time of the day and they are FREE!  Enjoy!

Historical Landmarks in USA

  • Ellis Island Tour – New York City, New York -The Ellis Island Virtual tour includes lots of information to give a clear explanation of the historical significance of Ellis island in American history. The tour includes great pictures and views of the island.  The information is appropriate for grade 4 and up.
  • Mount Vernon – Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Liberty Bell –  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • White House Virtual Tour Washington D.C.

Landmarks Outside USA

This post gave you Historical Places to “visit”. Check back for upcoming posts that will include aquariums, zoos, museums, and National Parks. If you still want to “visit” other places, check out https://www.360cities.net/This site is the world’s largest collection of stock 360 degree images and videos. Teacher can bring hundreds of thousands of incredible 360 panoramas to your students.  It is Google Classroom compatible and Teachers can sign up for a FREE account.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

Isn’t education All about reaching the kids in the classroom and at home?

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