The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

January 13, 2017
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Steps to Create a Penguin Unit for Grades 1–4

Penguins are a favorite among students and teachers alike; those cute waddling figures are adorable and fascinating. Create your own unit with a few simple lessons and activities. Incorporate life science, geography, and writing for a cross-curricular unit that will … Continue reading

January 3, 2017
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3 Math Hacks Every Teacher Will Love

With just a few changes, you can boost students’ understanding and reduce transition times within your classroom. Here are a few of my favorite math hacks: Math Toolkit: If you’re like me, you cringe every time you pull out the … Continue reading

November 29, 2016
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Holiday Books and Simple Activities for Grades 3–6

Embrace the spirit of the holidays with these classic Christmas books. The figurative language and beautiful illustrations will inspire your students’ writing and teach them the gift of giving. Although entertaining and funny, this well-loved children’s book, How The Grinch … Continue reading

November 29, 2016
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Holiday Books and Activities for Grades K–3

Don’t let the season overwhelm you this year. With these fun lesson ideas, you are well on your way to planning your classroom holiday activities. A trip to your school library and a little creativity are all you need to … 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

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

September 21, 2016
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How Many Words Per Minute Should My Child Read? A Guide to Reading Fluency.

Teachers throw the word “fluency” into parent conferences, but what does it mean, and why is it important? Fluency leads to increased comprehension. And increased comprehension matters, because in grade 3, the shift goes from learning to read to reading … Continue reading

September 1, 2016
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Fall Fun with Apples! Apple-themed classroom activities

Students everywhere are settling into their classroom routines and falling (pun intended) into the rhythm of the school day. As I walk through the produce aisle in the grocery store, I rub my hands in glee. It’s apple time! Apples … Continue reading