The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

paint and paint brushes laid out

November 13, 2017
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The Case for Art in Schools and Ways to Integrate Art into Your Lessons

Art is getting squeezed out of the curriculum. Yet art shouldn’t be an afterthought in our children’s education, but integrated into every subject to inspire students’ creativity, emotion, and higher-level thinking. Evan-Moor Educational Publishers was founded by two teachers who … Continue reading

November 7, 2017
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Patriotic Lessons and Activities for Veterans Day

Veterans Day lessons and activities teach our students about the sacrifices and patriotism of American soldiers who have served our country. American history lessons are important to help students understand the meaning and significance behind this holiday. November 11 marks … Continue reading

pumpkin pie classroom activity directions

November 1, 2017
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Pie, Please! – Creative Writing Prompts for November and Thanksgiving

Keep students writing in November with Thanksgiving-themed creative writing prompts. These topics can be used as journal free writes or paragraph-writing practice. Free Creative Writing Activity – Pie, Please! In this Thanksgiving creative writing activity, students are asked to imagine … Continue reading

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

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