Carnation Colors Experiment

If you're looking for a low-maintenance science experiment around Valentine's Day this year, try this fun carnation experiment.

Infusing Instruction with Movement

Most teachers will agree that adding movement to instruction helps to create a fun, more engaging learning environment; but did you know that it actually improves brain performance? When students are active it increases energy levels which provide their brains with oxygen-rich blood, vital for performing at optimum levels.

Movement is also effective because our brains are attracted to novelty. When you creatively incorporate movement into your instruction, the brains of your students are stimulated and stay connected longer. Longer connectivity in turn allows for greater understanding and retention.

Here are some simple movement activities that can be used to practice skills in your classroom:

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Try this FREE variation of write the room… ADD the room!

A Closer Look at Close Reading

Close reading involves reading short pieces of text multiple times. As your students become more familiar with the text, they will begin to analyze the content and author's purpose through text based questions and discussion.