What it’s like to be an elementary school teacher – Part 14

A National Board Certified Teacher explains what an educator’s life is really like. The series is a value-added collection of Best ClassAntics Posts EVER! Each post explains something about a teacher’s life and links to ClassAntics posts with relevant teaching tips.

Part Fourteen: We learn about the world, then teach our students

Teachers love to model what it really means to be a lifelong learner.  We want students to share our enthusiasm for a particular subject, but our real goal is to teach students how to learn about their world.  We want students to find the subjects and sources that make them want to learn more, more and more.

Holidays  and special events can be a great way to teach students about the world.  A shared celebration creates natural enthusiasm for lessons on culture, science, or literacy.

Free Leap Year Worksheets Part 1

Free Leap Year Worksheets Part 2

Free Leap Year Worksheets Part 3

Sunday is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball

Juneteenth (June 19)

April is Poetry Month: Kermit the Frog Poem and Worksheet

Winnie the Pooh Day is January 18th

Celebrate the World Series—Online Resources to Incorporate Baseball in the Classroom

History of the Easter Parade (with clips from Fred & Judy’s star performance)

 Movies and books make great springboards into lessons that delve into detail.  I enjoy teaching students about civil rights, and often find interesting hooks for lessons.

 Red Tails: The Tuskegee Airmen (Part 1)

Red Tails: The Tuskegee Airmen (Part 2)

Red Tails: The Tuskegee Airmen (Part 3)

Red Tails: The Tuskegee Airmen (Part 4)

Black & White – A Crystal Kite Award Winner

Teach the Jackie Robinson Movie “42”

 You might say that The Muppets are not really academic, and you’d be right.  However, clips from The Muppet Show make fun introductions to all sorts of academic lessons.  I had a great time writing posts on how to bring Kermit and friends to your classroom.

Muppets Teach the 3 Rs (Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic)

Muppets in the Classroom Part Two

 Like many, I loved reading The Hunger Games.  Since I am a writer as well as a teacher, I analyzed the book from multiple viewpoints and created lessons that help students do the same.

Relationships Make Compelling Stories: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games in the Classroom: How to Write a Dystopia

 Happy learning!



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