The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

February 14, 2017
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Presidents’ Day Activities for Grades 3–6

Presidents’ Day formally honors George Washington, but the holiday opens up the perfect opportunity to salute all of the men who have served our country. Dedicate a few lessons to the study of these great men. Listed below are a … Continue reading

February 14, 2017
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Presidents’ Day Activities for Grades PreK–2

Presidents’ Day is the perfect holiday to salute some of the great men who have served our country. Here are some fun activities to introduce young students to the importance of the presidency. Coin Sort (PreK–1) Students separate pennies and … Continue reading

January 31, 2017
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How to Use Math Fundamentals in Homeschooling

As homeschoolers, teaching our children math fundamentals is a priority, but it can be overwhelming. And even though I taught elementary school for 11 years before I started homeschooling, I still wanted a checklist of math fundamental skills to cover … Continue reading

January 20, 2017
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3 Simple Steps to Create a Unit on Antarctica: Grades 4–6

Take your students on an exciting journey to the remote continent of Antarctica and uncover its mysterious past and uncertain future. With its dramatic topography and fascinating wildlife, this study unit has something for every student. Step 1: Exploration Although … 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

November 15, 2016
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Turkey Craft and Activities for Thanksgiving

Get a new twist on turkeys this year with this 3D wall art. The colorful feathers, simple materials, and easy instructions will have your students creating display-worthy Thanksgiving art. Incorporate some fun turkey facts and writing activities to craft your … Continue reading

October 27, 2016
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Easy Hanging Spider Craft for Halloween

These dangling spiders are the perfect addition to your Halloween and fall lessons.  Plus, you can create a simple thematic unit around your spider craft and check off a few of your content standards while you’re at it. Duration: 20 … Continue reading

October 7, 2016
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Batty for Bats: Educational Bat Activities for Halloween

Embrace these mysterious night-flying creatures and solve your Halloween project dilemma by creating a thematic unit about bats. Engage your students with fun books, discussions, and projects. Here are a few ideas to get you started. KWL Chart This is … Continue reading

October 3, 2016
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How to Get Your Child to Write: Tips for Reluctant Writers

If your child doesn’t jump at the chance to write stories, this post is for you. I understand this issue firsthand because my daughter was a very reluctant writer. She was an avid reader and very expressive in her vocabulary, … Continue reading

September 27, 2016
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A Lesson A Day Keeps Grammar Groans Away

When I was a first-year teacher, a very dear veteran teacher bought me Evan-Moor’s Daily Language Review. After glancing over my students’ writing wall (…sigh), she surprised me with the new book. I’m forever grateful for her kindness! The quick … Continue reading