The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

May 27, 2015
by jessicaonkenevanmoor
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One Teacher’s Story: Using Daily Phonics for Assessment

In my first-grade classroom, I use a variety of Evan-Moor daily practice titles for quick lessons and easy assessments. While I don’t always use the lessons sequentially, I’ve found that these titles are valuable to help students practice a skill … Continue reading

April 10, 2015
by Evan-Moor
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Should Homeschoolers Care about Common Core?

Say the words, “Common Core State Standards,” and be prepared to have people choosing sides. The Common Core State Standards have been in the news and sparking controversy for quite a while. As a teacher, I have seen many educational … Continue reading

February 17, 2015
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Common Core Reading and Writing – Ways to Support Students and a Free Sampler of Common Core Lessons!

Research shows that reading and writing are interconnected and interdependent, and that a child’s literacy development is dependent upon the integration of both. The Common Core State Standards further emphasize vocabulary knowledge, close reading, and text-based writing as ways to … Continue reading

April 23, 2014
by Evan-Moor
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Using Mystery for “Tell a Story Day”

Most students cannot resist a good mystery—it brings out their natural curiosity and inspires creativity. Mysteries can serve as great story starters for celebrating “Tell a Story Day” or a creative writing assignment. Story starters using The Mysteries of Harris … Continue reading

February 14, 2014
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Common Core and More: A Fun Weekly Lesson Integrates Standards Across the Curriculum

When the school year ends, the “What Is It?” lesson may prove to have been your favorite for integrating standards across the ELA and SL curriculum. The “What Is It?” weekly lesson asks students to turn a doodle (such as … Continue reading