Classroom Activities

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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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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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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Celebrating Culturally Diverse Winter Holidays in the Classroom

For many students, December is an especially memorable time of year—with plenty of winter activities, holidays, and classroom parties during the days before winter break. However, even the most well-meaning teachers can show implicit bias when it comes to holiday events and only focus on Christmas holiday traditions. That’s why

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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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27 Classroom Tips and Activities for Digital Citizenship Week

Happy Digital Citizenship Week! Held during the third week of October by the nonprofit Common Sense Media, this event is a great opportunity to teach students how to navigate the Internet in safe and smart ways! Most schools teach students mouse and keyboard skills, but do you know how to

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