Valentine's Day might be my favorite day to celebrate in the classroom. I love all the sweet little cards students write for each other. And chocolate. Chocolate is always good! Are you getting ready to plan a Valentine's Day party for your students? How about a STEM party or a Minute-to-Win-It party? Or, maybe you'd like to try something really different with a kindness party? I gathered some fun and engaging ideas for you to celebrate the friendships in your classroom.  STEM Party My students love the challenges that I give them with STEM projects. They will love that I change up our room for a STEM day with Valentine's Day themed decorations and supplies.  Your students can engineer structures out of toothpicks and heart-shaped jelly candy or heart shaped marshmallows. Or, how about a heart-launcher catapult? Students can also make Valentine's Day slime with added sequins, glitter, or confetti.  You can learn more about these ideas from Lit...
I am a sucker for academic activities that have a holiday theme. It's just more fun! If you feel the same way, you will love this free vocabulary activity that I have for you. It's Valentine's Day themed! Have you read about how I teach and practice vocabulary every week? You can read more about that HERE or watch THIS video. This freebie goes right along with my usually vocabulary routine, but it includes fun Valentine's Day themed words. You could add it to your regular weekly words, or take a break and just use these words for one week. This freebie includes: student recording sheet teacher guide with four words, definitions, sentences, synonyms and antonyms wow word for practicing a root and suffix assessment Even though they are holiday words, they are still words that I would love to have my students use in their writing! Would you like to use this free resource with your students? Just drop your name and personal email ...
Math is my absolute favorite subject to teach and I have always had very high expectations of myself and my students. I don't think it is enough to just memorize a trick or song to solve a math problem. It just doesn't show a deep understanding. Students should be expected to explain their mathematical thinking!  What better way to incorporate this into your classroom than using math journals. Math journal prompts are open ended questions that ask students to explain their strategy or defend their answer. Math journals can be a great tool for teachers in the classroom and, after students are taught how to correctly use them, they have several benefits. Math journals show a deeper understanding of math content.  Students are expected to organize their thinking and write about how they solve mathematical problems. When students are required to write out their steps, they are reviewing and checking their work. They are building a deeper understan...
Celebrating holidays with picture books is something I have always enjoyed doing. I went out and gathered my five favorite picture books that I have enjoyed sharing for Valentine's Day with my students, to share with you! Words and Your Heart The story behind this book is so heartwarming, I wanted to make sure you all had a chance to read it and share it. Kate Jane Neal wrote and illustrated this book particularly for schools and for anti-bullying. This is not your typical book about Valentine's Day, but rather a book about how your words affect others' hearts with the power they have. In my classroom, I have always used Valentine's Day as a day to show our friends how much we care about each other and what makes each student special. This book is perfect for helping students learn to choose words that are uplifting and encouraging. Valentine's Day is the perfect day to work on choosing kindness and encouragement to others because words truly affe...