Saturday, April 6, 2019

Barnes & Noble Offers Discounts to Educators


Barnes & Noble Booksellers has a discount program for teachers, even if you homeschool!

The Barnes & Noble Educator program offers a 20% discount on most purchases of books, music, toys, games, movies, and more that are made for classroom use.

Best of all, April is Educator Appreciation Month, with extra discounts and freebies. Every Saturday and Sunday, you can get a 25% discount, and treat yourself to a free Tall Starbucks Fresh-Brewed Hot or Iced Coffee when you present your educator card. You can also get 10% off all cafe treats. If you sign up for an educator card in store, you'll get a free tote.

You can click here to sign up on the Barnes & Noble website. If you're a homeschool educator, you'll need to sign up in store.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Turn Your Classroom Into Dr. Seuss Central With These Great Products

With Dr. Seuss' birthday coming up March 2, here are some great items available from Amazon that can give your classroom a Seussian feel and compliment his books. With Prime shipping, you can get these items in just two days, if not sooner!


Dr. Seuss Bulletin Board Calendar Kit


Dr. Seuss Quotes Bulletin Board Kit


Dr. Seuss Reusable Letters


Dr. Seuss School Selfies Kit


 Dr. Seuss Hat


"Cat in the Hat" Pencils






Dr. Seuss Double-Sided Scented Mini Stampers

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday With These Fun Crafts!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday on March 2 with these fun crafts in your classroom!

Monday, February 18, 2019

These People Should Be Included in Your Black History Month Lessons (Printables)

As part of our Black History Month efforts, we've worked to include individuals who often don't get the attention they deserve. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Tips to Set Up a STEAM Lab in Your Classroom


Setting up a proper STEAM lab for your elementary classroom involves getting the right equipment and supplies, and Sarah Lalonde of StemActivitiesForKids.com has written a nice starter guide for teachers who need advice and tips.

One of Lalonde's best bits of advice to educators is to not go it alone. Teachers can often fill their list of needs from other teachers or from their school's storage room, who may be able to provide the materials for a lab. "In many districts, science is getting squeezed due to the emphasis on ELA and math test scores," she said. "Teachers often have equipment that they are willing to donate!  Many of the materials that are used in a STEM lab are things that are readily brought in by fellow teachers and students."

Tables may seem like a simple selection for a lab, but SchoolSpeciality.com recommends that they allow for a different way of teaching. They think "student stations (should be) modular, allowing for the project-based, multimodal learning outcomes that STEAM requires. Student spaces can be grouped or spread out in the event of a large-scale demonstration."

As far as equipment, here is a list of items Lalonde recommends to get your STEAM lab started.


Here is a list of supplies that teachers can have donated to the lab.


Click the links below to get more recommendations for STEAM lab setups.

Sources: Stem Activities for Kids, SchoolSpecialty.com




Friday, January 4, 2019

Website Offers Tools to Use 'Star Wars' in the Classroom

A website is offering videos and resources to use the Star Wars films as a tool to teach classroom lessons.

StarWarsInTheClassroom.com is a website and YouTube channel that seems geared towards older students, as it explores themes in the films and their relation to themes in literature. However, there are lessons suitable for some upper elementary classes, including creative writing prompts and social studies lessons.

The site includes both original content and links to other resources, including Star Wars-themed educational projects like "Star Wars: Science, Myth, and Imagination" and "Star Wars Reads Day."

Click here to visit StarWarsInTheClassroom.com.

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Key to Successful Schools: Let Teachers Innovate!


A column by John Spencer is saying what most of us have been saying for years - the best prospects for innovation in the classroom will come from the teachers inside of it.

Spencer, a college professor who blogs about education and discusses ways to turn classrooms into "bastions of creativity and wonder."

"The future of education can’t be found in a gadget or an app or a program or a product," he says in the column. "It doesn’t require a think tank full of pundits. No, the future of education can be found in the classroom. Every classroom is packed with creative potential and teachers have the power to make it happen."

Spencer advocates for an educational system defined locally, rather than one dictated by a bureaucracy that stifles creativity. "If we want to see innovation happening in our schools, we need to trust, encourage, and empower teachers to transform their practice," he said. "Too often, teachers are forced to teach inside the box and it can feel frustrating."

This video was posted by Spencer with his column.


You can read Spencer's entire column by clicking here.

Post your thoughts on the column in the comments section below.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Here Are Two Free Worksheets Featuring Christmas Writing Prompts!


If you're looking for some last-minute writing activities for students that are already in a "Christmas vacation" mindset, here's a nice solution: holiday-themed writing prompts!

Below are links to two writing prompt worksheets at Education.com, each with a Christmas theme that might inspire your students!

The first Christmas writing prompt worksheet (shown on the left in the picture above) asks students to define what the "holiday spirit" means to them. Click here to download it from Education.com.

The second worksheet (shown on the right in the picture above) can be particularly effective if your students are already experiencing winter weather or taking part in Christmas traditions. Click here to download it from Education.com.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Todd Bol, founder of the Little Free Library, has passed away


Todd Bol, the man who founded the Little Free Library and created a global movement, has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 62.

Bol died October 18, weeks after learning he had pancreatic and peritoneal cancer and entered hospice care.

It should be no surprise that the Little Free Library was inspired by a teacher - Bol's mother. When she died, he honored her memory by taking wood from his old garage door and building a little schoolhouse. He placed it on a post in front of his house, and inside, he placed a handful of books which anyone could borrow on an honor system. Many even left their own books to share with others, and more Little Free Libraries began popping up around his home in Hudson, Wisconsin.

After word of his libraries hit the internet, the movement went viral. Nine years later, there are 75,000 Little Free Libraries in 88 countries around the world.

Shortly before he died, Bol gave one of his final interviews to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, in which he reflected on his legacy and the Little Free Library's impact on the world.

“If I may be so bold, I’m the most successful person I know,” Bol told the Star Tribune. “I stimulate 54 million books to be read and neighbors to talk to each other. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the very definition of success. I wouldn’t switch my existence for Jeff Bezos or any of it.”

Even though Bol suffered from dyslexia, and had difficulty reading, his love for books has become a way for neighbors to bond in communities worldwide. The movement has even expanded, with some law enforcement using police cars as "bookmobiles," and service projects inspired by causes featured in some books.

Even as he faced his own mortality, he was looking to expand the movement's impact for years to come. “Wouldn’t it be cool if every Little Free Library could connect you with tutoring?” Bol said. “There are so many different ways of using Little Free Libraries as a spark within the community.”

The mission of the Little Free Library will continue despite Bol's death. Thirteen employees now work for the non-profit that runs the Little Free Library and connects with volunteer "stewards" who run libraries around the world. Todd's brother Tony is taking over as the "face" of the organization, and the chairwoman of the board is taking over day-to-day operations.

Our condolences go out to Bol's family, friends, and colleagues at The Little Free Library.

You can learn more about the Little Free Library organization by visiting their website at LittleFreeLibrary.org


Monday, September 24, 2018

On the Road to Recovery!



To All My Faithful Followers:
In February of 2018, I was diagnosed with an early stage of uterine cancer. At the time, the doctor was hopeful that surgery would resolve the issue without chemo. It turned out to be much more challenging than that. The surgery would reveal that I had a form of cancer called Synchronous Primary, which meant I had a second cancer growing. The cancer was ovarian, which did require chemo. The journey has been a battle, but with the Lord’s help I am finally on the road to recovery!
As I began to restore my health, I started looking for ways to live healthier and limit the toxins that enter my home. A friend told me about an online wellness shopping club. They sell over 400 products such as household cleaners, home fragrances, beauty care, food and beverages, and of course, vitamins & supplements. I have been so pleased with everything I have purchased from them.
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If you are like me and are trying to recover from a health crisis or if you just want to make your life healthier, send me a message. I can send you the link, or just give you more information on it. Remember, this is a wellness shopping club, so there is no selling, start up costs or gimmicks. It’s just a great way to start buying healthier household products and rid your home and body of toxins. ~Lena   
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tips for Parents: Bedtime Stories

Bedtime stories play an important role in a child’s development. Not only do bedtime stories create an opportunity for parents to bond with their children, having a reading routine at the same time every night can help them establish healthy sleep. Children with great sleep habits are more likely to retain what they’ve learned in school, grasp new material quickly, and think through problems creatively.
Researchers have found that children who were raised with a regular routine of listening to and reading bedtime stories have a higher-than-average rate of childhood literacy.

Monday, August 20, 2018


When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. “We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.
“Encouraging kids to use their hands brings out unsaid, and often correct ideas, which then makes them more open to instruction and more likely to learn.”
To read the complete article click the link below.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Differentiation is a method of teaching that recognizes that students learn in different ways. Carol Ann Tomlinson believes differentiation means giving students multiple options for taking in information. Author Laura Robb said "differentiating instruction means that you observe and understand the differences and similarities among students and use this information to plan instruction."

Here, we focus on a particular differentiated instructional strategy: Museum!

Museum
Students display (on the wall or on a table) their finished product, poster, project, etc. Half of the class stays with their work, ready to answer questions and share information. The other half of the class wanders around (as if in a museum) looking at the projects, asking questions, and listening to the information.
 Once adequate time is given, the two groups trade places and repeat the process.

Click here to purchase our Differentiated Instructional Strategies Posters and Reference Cards.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

STEM Lessons You Can Learn From Iconic Robots!

STEM lessons are more fun with famous robots from movies and pop culture!
Website: We Are Teachers
Article Posted by Stacy Tornio

1. THE IRON GIANT
2. WALL-E
3. OPTIMUS PRIME
4. OLIE
5. CLINK
6. C-3PO
7. LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3
What do these robots have in common?
Besides the big screen, they make great STEM lessons for your students! This article has gathered seven amazing robots from books, movies, and television that offer unique and creative teachable moments for your students.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Best Part of Me!

The Body of Christ
 
Display Created By: Cheryl Kulp
 
We currently live in a world of "selfies." Our children are raised with an "all about me" focus. If not careful, this type of thinking can quickly develop into self-centeredness.
   
This beautiful activity shifts the focus from ourselves to honoring God!
 
Students select their favorite body part (or the teacher can select one for them) and write a passage on how they can honor the Lord with that part of their body.
 
Recommended scriptures to use with this activity:  
  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
  • Romans 12:4-5
  • Colossians14-18
  • Ephesians 1:20-23
 
Directions:
1. Take an individual picture of one part of each student.
2. On a sheet of paper have each student write a passage on how they can honor the Lord with the selected body part.
3. Attach two sheets of construction paper lengthwise, then mount picture and written passage. 
4. Display on bulletin board.    


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

It's May and I'm Tired. How About You?



Better question: When was the last time you weren’t tired after teaching?

There are three reasons.
1. Decision Fatigue and Willpower
2. High-intensity emotions
3. Worry

Here's what can be done about it...


Monday, April 2, 2018

A Typeface Designed to Help Dyslexics Read

A Typeface Designed to Help Dyslexics Read
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2014/11/10/christian_boer_s_dyslexie_is_a_typeface_for_dyslexics.html?wpsrc=fol_fb

Dutch designer Christian Boer created a dyslexic-friendly font to make reading easier for people with dyslexia, like himself.
“Traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view,” Boer writes on his website, “which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia. Oftentimes, the letters of a word are confused, turned around or jumbled up because they look too similar.”
Designed to make reading clearer and more enjoyable for people with dyslexia, Dyslexie uses heavy base lines, alternating stick and tail lengths, larger openings, and semicursive slants to ensure that each character has a unique and more easily recognizable form.
To read the rest of the article click the link below.



Thursday, March 15, 2018

STEM Research Report Poster

 
Your students will love using this poster to research and report on their favorite STEM Star.

Activities on the poster include:
1. Picture of STEM Star
2. Important Quote
3. Areas of Contribution
4. Inspiration
5. Achievements
6. Biography

 

 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Curious George: A Holocaust Survior

***For 3rd-6th Grade Students***
We have all grown up loving the mischievous little monkey named Curious George. For years, he has filled our minds and hearts with adventure and excitement!
But do you know about the true-to-life adventure that saved Curious George from nonexistence?

Thanks to author Louise Burden, we now know true story behind our favorite little monkey! In the book entitled The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, Mrs. Burden unveils the journey taken by the authors and creators of Curious George. 

In 1940, H.A. and Margret Rey had to flee their Paris home as the German army advanced on the capital city. They began their harrowing journey taking only a few possessions, including the book manuscript that was to become Curious George!
 
Softback                                     Hardback
This book is an excellent resource to use as an introduction in teaching students about the Holocaust and the importance of respecting others. The book is available from Amazon by clicking right here.
"A stirring and elegantly packaged saga."- Published Weekly, starred review

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Teacher Resource Room has developed a comprehensive unit to use along with this extraordinary book.

The Journey That Saved Curious George Literature Unit

This Mega Unit for grades 3-6 includes a
44 Page activity unit and a 38 Slide PowerPoint Presentation.
When purchasing this unit you will receive...
  • A PowerPoint presentation which includes a script and instruction guide for the teacher. 
  • Links and research information on how to introduce the Holocaust.
  • A 5 lesson summary on how use the unit.
  • A student packet that coincides with the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Background information on Curious George.
  • Book overview and author introduction.
  • Vocabulary Words related to the book.
  • Comprehension Questions with an answer key.
  • Instructions on how to do a group project with the book, by using the "Jigsaw Method."
  • Timeline materials for your students to map out the journey taken by Curious George and his creators.
  • Four extended activities which include critical thinking, creative writing, character development, and self-reflection. 
 
Sample Pages

Sample of the PowerPoint 

Depending on how in-depth you choose to get on the subject, this unit is creatively designed to last between 1 to 3 weeks.
If you have questions on how to implement this amazing unit in your classroom, please contact us at webmaster@teacherresourceroom.com
and we will be happy to help!
 
Samples of
 Instruction Guide, Script, Timeline, and Vocabulary Words

 Samples of
Holocaust Lesson, Critical Thinking Assignment, Comprehension Questions,
Cover Sheet for Student Packet, and Lesson Summary
Click here to purchase!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad

Our literature unit will make a nice addition to your Black History Month curriculum.

This is a 13 page literature unit for the book "Unspoken: A Story of the Underground Railroad" by Henry Cole. It includes essay questions on prediction, interpretation, and connection. It also includes a character bubble activity, a creative writing exercise with vocabulary words, and a "Thank You Letter" activity. It also includes bonus Bible verses related to the subject.

Book summary: A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story. When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened. But the stranger's fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Will she have the courage to help him? Unspoken gifts of humanity unite the girl and the runaway as they each face a journey: one following the North Star, the other following her heart. Henry Cole's unusual and original rendering of the Underground Railroad speaks directly to our deepest sense of compassion.


You can order the literature unit through our Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here.

You can order the book Unspoken: A Story of the Underground Railroad on Amazon by clicking here.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Black History Month: Yanga's Army


Black History Month may be nearly over, but here's someone we just learned about, and well worth knowing! His name was Gaspar Yanga, and thanks to animator David Heredia, we have a great animated lesson suitable for classrooms.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Free Essential Questions Poster

Essential Questions

1. Where and when does the story take place?
2. Who are the main characters?

3. Name characteristics of the main characters.

4. Who is your favorite character? Why?

5. Which picture in the book do you like the best?

6. Which part of the story do you like best?

7. How do you feel about the end of the story?

8. What do you remember most about the story?

9. Do you think others would like to read this story?          

10. Would you read another book by this author?




Monday, January 29, 2018

Valentine's Day Gifts

Need some inspiration to jazz up your classroom's Valentine's Day theme? Here are some great ideas!

Blowing Kisses
 Cut out paper heart and place them on a blank wall. Have your students pretend they are blowing a kiss. Frame the photo or use it on a Valentine card. It is sure to be a gift parents will treasure for years to come!


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Thumbprint Bookmarks

Supplies Needed:
red construction paper
white paper
scallop scissors
red ribbon
single hole punch
red washable ink
glue

Cut the red and white paper into 2"x 8" strips. Then use scallop scissors to trim down the white paper just enough to let the red show on the sizes. Glue the two papers together. Punch out a hole at the top of the bookmark and run a small ribbon through. Use the child's thumbs to make these adorable hearts with red washable ink.  

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"Be Mine" Valentine card 

Important Note:
Before placing your student's hand down on the card, make sure their thumbs and index fingers are connecting and making a heart shape.

Place the hands on the card, folded size down, so that you can flip it over and see the heart shape.

Write "Be Mine" inside the heart! 


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