Classroom Activities

How to Teach Phonics and Decoding Skills to Elementary Students

Let’s explore phonics! Phonics refers to the ability to match letters and letter-sounds, which can help your students “break the reading code.” In this article, you’ll learn more about why phonics skills are so important for literacy development, then discover helpful strategies for teaching elementary students—with five free downloadable teacher

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How to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week in Your Classroom

What do monitoring screen time usage, practicing internet safety, and preventing cyberbullying have in common? These topics all fall under the umbrella of digital citizenship. Digital Citizenship Week is an annual event held by the nonprofit organization Common Sense Media. This year, it will be held from October 17 to

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Commemorating Juneteenth: History and Celebration Ideas for Children

Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, commemorates a second day of independence in the United States—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln. First celebrated in Texas, this holiday has been a tradition in African American communities for over 150 years as a time to gather, celebrate,

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Crafts and Activities for Celebrating Earth Day in the Classroom

Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to introduce important concepts about the world—such as recycling, weather, earth elements, and how our planet works—to young learners in your classroom. Here are a few ideas and fun activities for learning about and celebrating Earth Day with your students. What is Earth Day

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Ways to Celebrate International Children’s Book Day in the Classroom

Ready, set, read! Are you looking for a great event to encourage families and children to get involved with reading? Then get ready for International Children’s Book Day (ICBD), held every year on April 2! This worldwide celebration aims to promote literacy and inspire reading to—and with—young children. Every year,

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20 Creative Writing Activities for Elementary Students

Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? While your young learners are probably not ready to write an entire book, this month is a great time to practice creative writing skills with your students. Not only can creative writing be helpful for teaching vocabulary and sentence structure,

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A Guide to Inclusive Holiday Celebrations for Teachers

Holidays, religious celebrations, and cultural festivities all come into play for students and teachers during the early winter months at school. December may be the most memorable and fun time of year for many students—with plenty of seasonal activities, holidays, and classroom parties during the days before winter break. In

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51 Mindfulness Exercises for Kids in the Classroom

These days, the answer to the question, “Should we prioritize academics or social-emotional learning in schools?” is a firm, “Yes to both.” Academic skills are of course essential for children’s lifelong success. But without intentional social-emotional development, students may not learn how to process their emotions and connect with others

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