Free Downloadable Writing Templates

During the drafting stage of writing, a student develops a more cohesive text and explores their topic, directed by purpose, audience, genre, and content. Drafting helps students to expand upon, clarify, and modify their initial plans and ideas.  These charts can help them organize the writer's content into a meaningful sequence or flow.  These charts are divided into two levels.  The Four Square … [Read more...]

Free Downloadable S.T.E.M. Activities

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Click on each title and download the directions. Catch the Penny Crazy Ball Bounce Money Bingo Race Car Ramps Taste Buds White Light Rainbows and Bubbles … [Read more...]

Free Downloadable Reading Charts

These weekly reading charts can help students find meaningful purpose in their reading. The charts help monitor and figure out important information as readers enjoy stories.  Each weekly reading chart has a specific purpose and helps to develop higher thinking skills.  Each chart is a fillable PDF or can be printed out and filled in by hand. A time component is added to help manage time. Students … [Read more...]

Free Downloadable Brain Benders

Brain Benders are activities that help to wake up the brain!  These activities engage the learner and help to develop creative and critical thinking skills. Coin Puzzle Cards Deck of Cards Ink Blots Patterns Galore Selfie Art … [Read more...]

3 Twists to Identifying a Learning Disability

If you answer “YES” to any of these statements, then you might want to read the whole blog. Read this...   … [Read more...]

STEM Pros and Cons

Definition of STEM Education: NSTA or National Science Teachers Association defines this as: an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM … [Read more...]

Eureka! I Invented a Way to Teach Financial Literacy

It started with a need and then it blossomed into a business.  I am a 30 year retired veteran teacher who went from teaching 10 and 11 year olds to business woman.Read More Below are links to lesson plans and templates that will help you integrate financial literacy into your curriculum.  Enjoy! Homework Calendar                             Weekly Reading Independent Reading                  … [Read more...]

The Undeniable Truth of Positive Behavior through a Rewards Program!

Is a reward program an effective way to change bad behavior to good behavior in an academic setting? Let’s look into the research behind this trend and discuss various reward programs currently being used.Read More … [Read more...]