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Learning with Littles: Nurturing Curiosity and Critical Thinking

Nurturing Curiosity and Critical Thinking Teachers, join us as we nurture curiosity and critical thinking with our littles! This virtual professional learning experience will provide tips on how to responsibly integrate media in the classroom for your early learners. How do you encourage an eagerness to explore in the classroom? A desire to learn? What are the best methods to keep students engaged and learning in the classroom? Designed by educators, this professional learning event was specially designed for PreK-2...

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Spooktacular Lessons with the Wild Kratts

You may find yourself struggling with finding that right combination of Halloween fun and academic rigor. Stress no more!  Once again, PBS Kids has come to the rescue with a fabulous new resource from none other than student favorite, the Kratt Brothers!!

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Runaway Pumpkin..with Nature Cat!

Do you talk to your students about what they like to do with pumpkins at Halloween? They may think of roasting the seeds for a snack, decorating a pumpkin with paint, or helping to carve a pumpkin into a Jack-o-Lantern. (As an educator looking to fuel your day, your mind may wander to a pumpkin-spiced latte.) Tasty eating and good fun!

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Appily Goin’ Along - With Nature Cat

With Nature Cat, we frequently return to Daisy’s garden to explore life, earth and environmental sciences in ways that are easily digestible for young audiences (pun intended!). For this reason, we are excited to share with you a series of garden-centered blog posts to support your various curriculums. But I can’t even keep a snake plant alive! you might object. A garden can seem an intimidating prospect to some but, if that is you, shed your fears! With all gardeners, failures, not just successes, are moments rich with...

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Spooky Activities for Classroom Fun

Halloween is a time to celebrate superstition and changing seasons, and this collection of Halloween themed activities aims to do just that. Create spooky fun with your class with these masks, and Halloween activities.

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Inspire Writers and Engage Readers with The Great American Read

How can we help our students notice and think about the elements that make up great literature while also loving the text? How do we inspire deep thinking of literary analysis without interfering with a love of reading? After struggling with this issue for years in the classroom, I stumbled across an answer that caught me and my students by surprise.

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Sweater Up: How the Lessons of Fred Rogers are Inspiring my Teaching this Year

My theme for this year is "sweater up." I’m hoping that this will help me when I’m feeling frustrated with a challenging student or to show my students the power of failure. The school is my neighborhood, and no matter how much ugliness there is in the world around it, I'm going to make sure my neighborhood is filled with kindness.

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Joining Skillful Teaching with Educational Media that Children Love

Watch as Ms. Poulin and her children play the online game, Wild Kratt’s Aviva’s Powersuit Maker, as part of their study of animal adaptations. Your browser does not support the video tag. As you observed the children, what did you notice? I was tickled by their glee as Ms. Poulin announced they would play the game, and I noticed that children’s joy was sustained throughout game play--children were smiling and eager to share their thinking and reasoning about which animal adaptations (e.g., cheetah or skunk head)...

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Bringing Mister Rogers Lessons of Acceptance into the Classroom

When I was six years old, I wanted to actually live in Mister Rogers’ neighborhood. During the opening of each show, I would stand in front of the TV and scan the neighborhood looking for a ‘For Sale’ sign. Now, 40 years later, I am a teacher. My goal as an early childhood educator is to instill in my students the same excitement for learning and social, emotional learning that Mister R gave me.

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