10 Tips to Help Students Stay Organized for the Start of School

Student raising her hand during online class.

Starting a new school year can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. With new classes, schedules, assignments, and activities, students need to stay organized to set themselves up for success. Here are ten tips to help students start the school year off on the right foot:

Setting up a study schedule is essential for managing your time well. Encourage students to make a weekly schedule with time set aside for each subject and for activities outside of school.

A First Grade Coding Story

Elementary School Kids coding in Grade 1

Teaching kids to code has become an important part of elementary school, where young minds are like sponges ready to soak up new information. In a 1st grade classroom close to the busy learning halls, an experienced teacher started a coding journey that would improve her students’ academic and personal lives.

Captain’s Coming – Classroom Management Exercise

Drill Team

Classroom management starts when a class gets picked up from the yard in the morning. I have seen many teachers go to their class lineup area, tell the kids to follow, and then proceed to turn around and lead them back to class without ever turning around to see how students behave in line.

Back to School Name Tag – A Day 1 Activity

Teacher and students in front of chalkboard that says Back To School

As a teacher, one of my most important jobs is to make sure that every student feels welcome and respected in the classroom. This is especially important on the first day of school when students meet their teachers and classmates for the first time. For a fun and interactive way to start the school year, we have come up with a unique name tag challenge that helps students remember each other’s names and improves their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. So, let’s get started with the Back to School Name Tag Challenge Day 1 lesson plan.

How Changing Math Books Impacts the Classroom

Textbooks on a teacher's desk.

My school is changing the math textbook series that we use for daily instruction from Eureka Math to IM Math (Illustrative Math). I have noticed that we change books every 5 to 7 years.

Switching from one math textbook series to another, such as from Eureka Math to IM Math, can impact students, but the extent of that impact will depend on several factors. Here are some considerations:

Discovering the Magic of Simple Machines

Picture of a pulley

Welcome to an exciting adventure into the world of engineering and simple machines! In this blog post, we will take a deep dive into the fascinating concepts of engineering and explore the magic behind simple machines. Our focus will be on explaining these concepts in a way that is easy to understand for elementary school students. So, grab your thinking caps and get ready to explore the wonderful world of simple machines and engineering!

Grade 2 Lesson Plan 2.OA.A.1 Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

Lesson Plan: Represent and Solve Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

Grade: 2nd


Objective: Students will be able to represent and solve one- and two-step addition and subtraction word problems using drawings and equations with an unknown number.

Why is it important to teach Physical Education (PE) to the standards?

Picture showing two kids playing basketball outsite.

Physical Education (PE) isn’t just a break from normal classroom work; it’s also a big part of how young minds and bodies grow and change. In California, the grade school Physical Education (PE) standards have been set by the Department of Education. These guidelines have been carefully made to make sure that kids get a complete and age-appropriate PE experience that helps them grow physically, socially, and mentally.

10 End of the Year Art Projects for Elementary School Students

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As the school year ends, it’s time to celebrate our young artists’ talent and imagination! Art projects at the end of the school year are a great way for elementary school students to express themselves, think about what they’ve learned, and have fun before summer break. We’ve put together ten ideas for fun and creative art projects that teachers and parents can use to help young artists have a fun and satisfying time making art.

“Math War” – A Fun and Educational Card Game

Deck of Cards

Are you ready to embark on a thrilling mathematical journey that will sharpen your math skills and ignite your competitive spirit? If so, get your deck of cards ready because we’re about to delve into the captivating world of “Math War” – a classic card game with a twist!

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