Teaching Fire Safety

The dates of fire prevention week vary each year, but it always occurs in October. This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10.

"Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871." - National Fire Protection Association


Fall Giveaway


It's finally the first day of autumn... even if it doesn't feel like it where you are (it's still 90 degrees in Texas!) and we're ready to celebrate the season.

Books, Videos, and Resources for Teaching Apples

Ideas in education often seem to hang on a pendulum. What is embraced one year can be abandoned another, only to return a few years down the road. So some of you will be very familiar with my topic today while others of you may not ever tried it; thematic teaching. There are some things in elementary school that we automatically associate with particular months, like apples in September. Themes like apples work great in the classroom because you begin with something most children are familiar with and have some prior experience to draw from and build upon.


A thematic approach integrates content areas around a central concept. This allows students to more readily make connections as they learn and gives them immediate and meaningful opportunities to naturally apply what they have learned. It allows for authentic assessment of understanding.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrr your ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day? This fun international holiday was created by two friends back in 1995 - you can read more about that here. The story behind the holiday isn't super important, it really just comes down to "we've talked like pirates every Sept. 19, and we've encouraged our several friends to" (John Baur - co-founder of the holiday).



Now hundreds... thousands... (we'll never know!) of classrooms use this day to add some pirate-sized fun to their lessons.

Remembering September 11th

Patriot Day, commonly referred to as 9/11, is observed on September 11th in remembrance of those who were injured or died as a result of terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. None of us like to think about the horrific images we may have seen that day or the terrible fear and pain the events of that day caused.

Many early elementary teachers question what is appropriate to share with their students about the day and what its observance means. Read some tips that may help you in preparing for talking with your students. Download the free printable book list too!

Many early elementary teachers question what is appropriate to share with their students about the day and what its observance means. Here are some things that may help you in preparing for talking with your students:

Celebrating Grandparents in the Classroom

National Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day each year in the United States. A presidential proclamation created and signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 and Grandparents Day became an official holiday.


Grandparents Day was created to remind Americans that we need to honor and show respect to those that can before us and helped shape the world we live in. It also serves as an opportunity for older adults to share their wisdom, perspectives, and values with children.

Five Videos for Calendar Time

Songs and videos are a great way to get students engaged during calendar time. The songs may get stuck in your head... but that means they will also stick with your students!