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Free Key Word Race Game:

Math word problems stump a lot of students, as they have difficulty figuring out how to change a sentence of words into a mathematical problem. For many, the stumbling block is recognizing and remembering the different key words that signify mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. I’m continually trying to craft fun activities that make the process fun and memorable. Most recently, I created the Key Word Race Party Game, that I thought I would share.

Materials needed:
1) Colorful plastic eggs

2) 2-5 buckets, bowls, shoe boxes or other medium to large containers

3) Spoons

Preparation:
1) Place the keywords you are reviewing onto colorful plastic eggs. If you are playing with more than one player or team, make multiple sets. Each set should be labeled with numbers on the bottom of the eggs to designate team one, team two and so forth. This will also help sort the eggs for the next play.

2) Label medium to large containers such as buckets or shoe b…

Reading and Spelling Difficulties: 7 Main Causes

Here is a guest blog by my friends at Easyread.  Enjoy, Erica
By David Morgan
It is estimated that up to 10% of the general population struggles with dyslexia. Some studies call that a conservative estimate, with many more people struggling to read and spell.
Many parents of dyslexic children or dyslexic adults find themselves in this situation, armed with a label but no real solution. Some feel it means that their child will never come to love reading. With the right help that is almost certainly not the case!
Reading is a neurological process that the brain undertakes every time it is presented with text on the page. In order to target the primary cause of reading difficulty to find a solution, we have to look at different areas where that process can break down.
There are seven main causes of reading and spelling difficulty that we have found to date. If you or someone you know is dyslexic, see if any of them match up with what you experience.
1. Optilexia - The main sign of Optilexia is…

11 End of the Year Activities Using Balls and Balloons

Balls and balloons offer a cheap and fun way to complete your school year. What’s more integrating balls and balloons brings a tactile, playful, and kinesthetic modality into the classroom. Balls and balloons can be used to review the academic content, as well as mindfulness activities and keepsakes. Below is featured a variety of entertaining, multisensory ideas.

Reviewing Key Topics from the School Year
These games can be played with an entire class in a large circle facing one another, or you can break the students into small groups or pairs.

1) Parts of Speech Game: Place the parts of speech on a balloon or ball. Have the students pass the balloon or ball to one another. Instruct them to say aloud the first part of speech they see. Then ask them to provide a word that is an example of that part of speech. Players can not repeat a word that has already been used. If they do, they are out of the game.

2) Figurative Language Game: Place the figurative language terms on a ba…

Student Learning and Confidence can Skyrocket by Changing One Approach

Student Learning and Confidence can Skyrocket by Changing One Approach
Many teachers fear the moment when a student will ask them a question that they do not have the knowledge to answer.  This uncomfortable situation can cause some teachers to change the subject, others will construct a roundabout explanation, a few will make a guess and several may even discourage their students from asking questions altogether. 

Students Learn to “Fake it” When a teacher is unable to admit their lack of knowledge, it sends a disagreeable message to the class.  Students can usually tell when a teacher sidesteps a question and many are dismayed when given faulty information or when questioning is discouraged.  They pick up on the insecure energy and learn that it is shameful to admit that they, “don’t get it” and instead they learn to “fake it” and give others the impression that they know the information or understand what they are hearing when, in fact, they do not.  However, there is another way to…