Daily Archives: November 22, 2021

November 2021 Teacher Talk

 Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s November Teacher Talk Time…..Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Time sure flies.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

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Attitude of Gratitude
Attitude of Gratitude: Things I'm Thankful For


I woke up in a funk the other morning so I pulled the covers over my head trying to go back to sleep.  As I began to doze, my dog stuck her head under the sheet and I felt her cold nose on my leg. I knew that trying to stay in bed was futile, so I threw on some clothes and took her outside feeling frustrated and annoyed. As we began walking, the pain in my knee and heel started to subside and the phrase, attitude of gratitude came into my head as I realized how lucky I am to be able to walk, others aren’t so fortunate. 
Multiple Ways to Multiply
When we spend enough time early in the year on place value and number sense, teaching multiplication and division go much more smoothly. Students grasp the concept of multiplication in multiple ways, so I try to introduce more than “the only way” to solve.
Four Easy Ways to Encourage an Attitude of Gratitude

Easy ways to encourage gratitude in your students this month, and keep it going all year long.

Mix it up – STEM and Language Arts
When you integrate STEM and Language Arts, you prepare your students for future employment. Communication skills are just as important as STEM skills. Involve your whole class in a STEM-based creative writing activity with “STEM Stories.”
A Special Thank You To All School Helpers
This post is a special Thank-You to all those helpful people we find in our schools, paid and unpaid, but particularly for one very special person.
How to Turn a Terrible Teaching Day into a Great One

5 tips on how teachers can turn a terrible teaching day into a great one.

Tips to Strengthen Your Sentences

Here are three ways to help your students strengthen their sentences.


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Rain, Rain, Go Away Short Story Mini-Unit


The Rain Rain Go Away Mini Unit includes all materials to teach this short story. Students also get the opportunity to be creative and collaborate with others in the creative process. This unit is always a hit in my class.

The resource includes:

❒ An anticipation guide

❒ A copy of the short story

❒ Questions for comprehension

❒ Plot graph activity

❒ Information sheet on characterization and an accompanying activity

❒ A personal word wall to improve students’ vocabulary and understanding

❒ A comprehensive answer key for all activities

Also included are two evaluations with evaluation grids:

❒ An individual evaluation where the student must write an alternate ending to the story

❒ A group evaluation where students must work collaboratively to produce an alternate ending

24 pages total

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Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week

FREE MISC. LESSON – “Christmas Printables for Home and Classroom PreK – 1st Grade”

by TeachKidLearn
Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grade

Christmas printables such as coloring pages, worksheets, word search puzzles and mazes are fun for kids. Make this holiday season an enjoyable one for the kids with printable activity. Have fun and keep them learning at the same time.

Use these printables at home to entertain little guest during Christmas party or use them in the classroom as part of learning activity.

This Christmas Printables Bundle consists of:

* Coloring Pages
– Christmas tree
– Santa

Added the following 2 coloring pages
– Snowman
– Santa and Rudolph

Coloring trains kids on fine motor skills. Children learn about different colors too. Start with big and simple coloring page for younger ones. Proceed to more complex page for older kids.

* Word Search Puzzle

Help children to learn words. Find the twelve words related to Christmas. Answers are provided.

* Maze
Santa is late to deliver his presents. Help Santa find his reindeer fast.

* Dot to Dot
Connect the dots for this simple Christmas tree. Learn to count till fifteen. A sample of the tree is on right hand side below. Color the tree after complete connecting the dots. Cut out and use as deco too.

* Christmas Math Worksheet

Do addition and subtraction with Christmas theme worksheet. Learn to add and subtract within 20,
Keep children in active learning even during holiday season. Slip in this math worksheets while the kids enjoy themselves.

Level: PreK, Kindergarten to Grade 1

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