The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

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

December 4, 2017
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Every Snowflake Is Different: Snowflake Crafts and Writing Prompts for Your Classroom

Inspire creative writing in your classroom this month with paper snowflakes, lovable snowmen and winter writing prompts! What is a winter wonderland without snowflakes? Turn your classroom into a beautiful paper blizzard with a fun and easy snowflake project for … Continue reading

November 29, 2017
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How to Teach Evidence-Based Writing in 5 Easy Steps

Evidence-based writing is an important component in today’s writing curriculum. Students are expected to support their writing with text-based evidence and clear arguments. These writing lessons can become overwhelming and laborious for teachers and students alike. Keep confusion to a … Continue reading

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