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Water Cycle, Rain Cycle Science Experiments

3 Simple Water Cycle, Rain Cycle Experiments

Let’s Learn About the Water Cycle! 3 Simple Water Cycle Experiments & a Craftivity

April is the perfect month to teach students about the water cycle and what makes rain.  Here are 3 of my favorite water cycle experiments.  These science experiments are simple to set up and use common household items. The water cycle wheel craftivity gives students a visual representation of the stages of the water cycle and how they repeat over and over again.

First, introduce your students to the water cycle and the following terms: evaporation, condensation, precipitation, collection.[…] Read more about this blog post

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Rain / April Showers Science, Art Projects, Book List, Songs

Rain / April Showers Science, Art, Math Activities & Book List

April is the perfect month to discuss rain with your students.Here are a few simple ideas that can be easily added to any lesson plan. Science Make Your Own Rain  Make your own rain with this simple experiment. This experiment demonstrates what happens in the clouds during the water cycle. When a cloud accumulates too many water […]  Read more about this blog post

How to Make a Rainstick with Brass Fasteners, Paper Towel Roll

rainstick craft

What is a rainstick? The first rainsticks were believed to be created by the Aztecs.  They would dry out a piece of cactus in the sun, remove the spines, then drive them into the cactus like nails. Small stones or pebbles were then placed inside and the ends were sealed.  When tilted vertically, the pebbles […]  Read more about this blog post

Teaching Signs of the Spring Season

signs of spring chant

I love the coming of spring because it signals the end of the long, cold winter.  I also love teaching young students about the signs of the spring season because it gets them excited for warmer weather, playing outside, and watching things grow.  We start off talking about and listing things that the students already know about the season. Then, I like to show them […] Read more about this blog post

Motivational & Fun Addition & Subtraction Practice

addition and subtraction equation boards

After working on addition and subtraction with manipulatives, math talks & stories, I needed to find a fun way for students to practice fluency to meet the core standards.  As we all know, for them to become fluent means practice, practice, and more practice! So I didn’t want to just have one or two ways […] Read more about this blog post

Student Gift Ideas & Gift Tags for Positive Reinforcement, Testing, Motivation

student gifts, student gift tags that reward, encourage, & motivate students

Throughout the school year I like to surprise students with a little something extra special to recognize their hard work and effort, improved behavior, achievement of a milestone like learning all of their sight words or numbers to 100, or to celebrate the completion of a big project on which they worked very hard or […]  Read more about this blog post

End of the Year Student Gifts & Gift Tags

End of the School Year Student Gifts and Gift Tags

This post has been updated for 2017 and now includes 15+ ideas! Recently I was asked for end of the year student gift ideas.  It required me to go back through my files and find the templates for the student gifts / end of the year celebration favors that I have given out over the […]  Read more about this blog post

Grinning Graduates Graduation Bulletin Board

Grinning Graduates Graduation Bulletin Board

Grinning Graduates End of the School Year Graduation Bulletin Board I have been doing this end of the school year display for many, many years and it always turns out adorable!  I have done it with both my pre-k and kindergarten classes.  It is the perfect “build up” to graduation. The patterns needed are available […]  Read more about this blog post

End of the Year Bulletin Board, Pattern – We Had an “Un-bee-lievable” Year!

We Had an

We Had an “Un-bee-lievable” Year Classroom Display & Pattern
This cute, bee-themed bulletin board / classroom display will get your students “buzzing” about their favorite memories and accomplishments of the school year. Prior to making our bees I wrote “I liked” across the top of an anchor chart and “I learned” across the top of another […] Read more about this blog post

How I Motivated Students to Learn Their Alphabet Letters

brag tags for each letter of the alphabet

Let’s face it, learning 26 letters and their sounds can be a daunting task for young children.  Even though at 4-6 years old they are in the middle of a language explosion and their minds are like sponges, it is still a lot to learn and process.  This is why I love to reward and […]  Read more about this blog post

Differentiated Spring Addition & Subtraction

Easily differentiate your addition and subtraction practice.

This activity was created to address 2 issues I was having with my kinders – restlessness (spring fever) and differing ability levels with addition and subtraction. Making it an around the room or SCOOT activity allowed my students to get up out of their seats and “buzz” around to find the […]  Read more about this blog post

Setting Up Your Early Childhood Classroom for Success

early childhood classroom set up

Your classroom environment influences your students’ learning, mood, and behavior so it is very important that you think about how and what it is communicating to young children when setting it up for those all important first days of school.  The first few weeks of school set the tone for the entire year so you […]  Read more about this blog post

Donuts with Dad Craft (Father’s Day Gift)

Donuts for Dads crafts Father's Day gift


Student-Made Gifts for Your Donuts with Dad Celebration or Father’s Day
Donuts for Dads is a celebration that my students always anticipate.  It is a special morning that includes a visit from their dad, uncle, grandpa, brother, guardian, etc. and the students get to have a special treat of doughnuts with them in the cafeteria […]  Read more about this blog post