The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

February 13, 2018
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Tips for Teaching Multiplication and a Free Multiplication Strategy Printable

Mastering multiplication facts can be a tricky hurdle for students in the upper elementary grades. The patterns are less obvious and the numbers are larger, making those math timed tests feel like an insurmountable task. Help your students learn their … Continue reading

Children reading at a table

January 16, 2018
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3 Reading Comprehension Strategies to Teach Author’s Purpose

Analyzing texts and determining an author’s purpose is an important reading comprehension strategy for students to develop in our information-filled society. Teach your students to identify an author’s purpose by focusing on recognizing the text structure and determining important information. … Continue reading

January 8, 2018
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How to Incorporate Critical Thinking into Your School Day

Students need to develop higher-order thinking skills such as inquiry, evaluation, and analysis to be successful in the classroom, on assessments, and in the real world. But how do you incorporate critical thinking activities into your already stuffed curriculum? Here … Continue reading

Halloween pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns

September 20, 2017
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Halloween Lessons and Activities for the Classroom

October is a wonderful time to incorporate Halloween lessons and activities. Check out these free Halloween reading, language, and science lessons to create the perfect Halloween project for your classroom. Easy Hanging Spider Craft for Halloween These dangling spiders from … Continue reading

September 14, 2017
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DIY Pocket Protector Whiteboards

Whiteboards are an essential component of any classroom or homeschool. They offer a variety of methods and modalities for teaching, practicing, and assessing skills without using reams of paper. Whiteboards in the classroom are also highly regarded by students of … Continue reading

August 31, 2017
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Does Tech Time Make You Cringe? Technology Organization 101

Once of the biggest hurdles for classroom teachers and technology is the wasted instructional time they encounter while training their students. Here are some strategies to minimize wasted time and get the most out of your classroom technology lessons. Instructions: … Continue reading

August 10, 2017
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Back-to-School Checklist: 10 Classroom Must Do’s to Start Off the School Year

Those lazy days of summer are over, and it’s time to head back to the classroom. Here is a checklist to help you remember important first month of school details. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your teaching … Continue reading

July 31, 2017
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Class Management Strategies: Early Finishers, Morning Work and Brain Breaks

Classroom teachers are transitioning students from one activity to the next throughout the school day. All of these minutes add up by the end of the year.   Make the most out of every classroom minute with these three strategies. They … Continue reading

July 24, 2017
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Meaningful and Manageable Morning Centers

  This post is intended for those of you who might be newer to teaching and could use just a few tips about morning routines and centers. We partnered with Evan-Moor to bring you this short video and our best … Continue reading

January 20, 2017
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3 Simple Activities to Increase Your Child’s Vocabulary

Reading Aloud Reading aloud to your child is one of the simplest ways to help expand his or her vocabulary. Authors include word choices that aren’t used in everyday conversations. When children read alone, they are often left on their … Continue reading