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Year: 2012

Math Enrichment Freebies – KenKen Puzzles

KenKen is a math game invented by Japanese math teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto in 2004.  To get your classroom involved in Ken Ken puzzles click here: KenKen Puzzles In my math classroom, I have a Math Challenge Box, where students who finish early or who want to work on a challenge can

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Teach drama? Try this fantastic tableau lesson from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Holiday Drama Lesson

Since last week in Drama class, we have been working on an assignment inspired by the book: A Porcupine in a Pine Tree – A Canadian 12 Days of Christmas Assignment: The students got into groups of 4 or 5 and chose a special holiday or special day e.g., Birthday,

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Data Management Lesson – Census At School

When teaching data management I want to ensure my students are using data in a meaningful way and not just using the data sets from our textbook. I found The Census at School Project on the recommendation of several colleagues.  This website enables teachers to create a class account, students measure

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TIPS4RM – Free Math Units Grades 7-12

  Looking for free math units? The Government of Ontario a few years ago developed this really great resource called “Targeted Implementation and Planning Supports for Revised Mathematics (TIPS4RM)”. Find TIPS4RM with this link. In daily life who can remember such a long name? So it evolved to being called

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Keeping middle school students engaged during reading can be challenging. This blog post provides several suggestions on how to increase engagement during guided reading from the 2 Peas and Dog blog.

Middle School Guided Reading

Middle school guided reading does not have to be a struggle. A challenge teachers face when working with middle school students during guided reading is ensuring the material meets their interests and reading levels. I have been on the lookout for really good middle school guided reading ideas.    Middle

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Making Real Connections – the real deal

Getting students to move beyond literal reading comprehension can sometimes be a challenge. Our next major literacy focus in my classroom is Making Connections. We are moving beyond text-self connections (boy in book has a dog, I have a dog as well) to the other three types of connections text-text,

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Organization 101 – The Rotary Classroom

Middle school classroom organization is not always discussed online. I see a lot of really cute primary classroom ideas, but not a ton for middle school. As a middle school teacher trying to keep three classes of 30-35 students per class organized can be a challenge.  Below are some of

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