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

December 15, 2016
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Teacher Tips: Lose Weight and Gain Energy in the New Year!

If you struggle with teacher bulge September–May, don’t wait for summer to start living healthier; small changes can make the difference! Get tips from certified personal trainer and rehab specialist, Chris Foudy. 1. Calories in verses calories out. 80% of … 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 22, 2016
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Veteran Teachers: Help a New Teacher Today

We can all remember the very first day we started teaching. Those jittery memories are floating somewhere in the back of your mind. When I first started teaching, I worked in a low-income school with a class consisting mostly of … 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

November 8, 2016
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A Simple 3-Step Method to Build a Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum

I have been a fan of Evan-Moor since I started teaching first grade in 1995. Now, Evan-Moor is my favorite publisher to use when homeschooling my own kids! Evan-Moor is perfect for homeschooling kids of all abilities with all subjects. … 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 25, 2016
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10 Thanksgiving Activities That Don’t Require Worksheets

November is a busy month for teachers. Between assessments and fall conferences, it can be difficult to factor in holiday activities and crafts. Here are some fun ideas to inspire you that don’t require a lot of time in front … Continue reading

October 21, 2016
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Strategies for Teaching Social and Emotional Learning: Create a Classroom of Superheroes!

The problem-solving skills that students use on the playground are valuable later in life. As educators, it is our job to help students navigate social and emotional waters and develop these important life skills. Social and emotional learning (SEL) also … Continue reading