The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

Beginning cursive instruction paper

October 31, 2017
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Cursive…Is It a Necessity or a Waste of Time?

Many argue that cursive is an obsolete skill in today’s technology-driven world. What is the best way to approach handwriting instruction in schools? Should cursive instruction be replaced with technology? Handwriting, both manuscript and cursive, are important foundations in children’s … Continue reading

Pilgrim turkey holding Thanksgiving lessons

October 23, 2017
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Easy and Inspiring Thanksgiving Lessons and Activities

Keep students focused through the holidays with quality Thanksgiving lessons, crafts and games on the pilgrims, Plymouth, and the Mayflower. These Thanksgiving lessons and activities are a great addition to the classroom and don’t require too much prep work to … Continue reading

October 12, 2017
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Daily Science Warm-ups for Inquiry-Based Learning

Teach your students to become critical thinkers and researchers with inquiry-based learning science lessons. Daily science warm-ups based on this model also activate students’ interest in a topic, which contributes to learning. The benefits of inquiry-based learning Inquiry-based learning is … Continue reading

Halloween pumpkin filled with candy

October 12, 2017
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Halloween Math Center Activity: Candy Counting

Combine your Halloween and math lessons with this hands-on candy counting lesson. Perfect for developing students’ critical thinking skills, this Halloween activity offers practice with data collection, graphing, and algebraic thinking. Try this candy math activity for classroom centers or … Continue reading

Teacher playing phonics and word games with students.

October 3, 2017
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Fun Phonics Activities and Games

Teach your students to read with phonics worksheets, activities, and games. Build strong reading foundations in kinder, first grade, and second grade students. Phonics instruction plays a key role in teaching students to understand the sounds of letters and that … Continue reading