The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

October 27, 2015
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Feed a Growing Brain: Foods That Shape Up Brain Cells

One of the hallmarks of a healthy cell is a pliable, flexible membrane ready and able to drink in the nutrients critical for peak performance and jettison toxins and metabolic byproducts that may cause harm. A child’s brain cells are … Continue reading

October 22, 2015
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One Teacher’s Story: My Morning Routine

This year I entered a new grade level and wasn’t sure what it was going to bring. I felt just like a student on my first day, that anxious butterfly feeling, not know what the day would hold for me. … Continue reading

October 20, 2015
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A Simple Art Activity to “Bring out the Picasso” in Your Students

In celebration of Pablo Picasso’s birthday anniversary on October 25, this blog focuses on a Picasso-inspired art lesson – that can be used anytime of the year. Plus, the simple collage activity also works for students and teachers who may … Continue reading

October 16, 2015
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3 Easy Ways to Compare Fiction and Non-fiction Books

Comparing fiction and non-fiction books is a great way to get your child thinking about books in a new way. Here are 3 activities that you can try with your child: 1) When reading fiction and non-fiction books on a … Continue reading

October 14, 2015
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Halloween Fun: Skeleton Art Project and Science Activities

This simple “Silly Skeleton” art project was one of my favorites to do with my class around Halloween time. It was easy to integrate into a science unit, and it includes a poem for reading fluency practice. Plus, the completed … Continue reading

October 8, 2015
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Academic Vocabulary: Giving Students an Academic Edge

“Vocabulary knowledge is one of the most reliable predictors of academic success.” (Daily Academic Vocabulary, page 4)   Knowing academic vocabulary is essential for students to understand concepts across content areas; it is also a focus of the Common Core State … Continue reading