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    Teaching Inferences in the Elementary Classroom

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    To learn more about the Planet Teachers' Lounge, please click here . Teaching students how to infer can be a challenge sometimes. Inferring can be difficult, because when students infer, they can’t find the answer directly in the passage or...
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    Fun Activities for Teaching Graphing

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    In her latest article from the Teachers' Lounge, retired teacher Pat Verhoeven shares several web-based activities and tools for teaching students of all ages about graphing.

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    5 Great Websites to Support Your Language Arts Instruction

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    To learn more about the Planet Teachers' Lounge, please click here . I use many interactive websites in my class to aid in my language arts instruction. Although there are hundreds from which to choose, I have selected the five websites that I use...
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    11 Wacky Web-Based Graphics Generators to Make Your Flipcharts Fun

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    I recently read a blog that claimed people are drawn to blogs that start with "Top Ten..." Hmm, I think that's probably correct. I guess I'm drawn to those blog titles myself, maybe because I think they will be a "quick read"...
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    A Jigsaw Maker for ActivInspire

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    This article provides you with a program for creating very simple jigsaws in flipchart format. The functionality is based upon the Jigsaw Maker game that ships with the ActivArena Demo Pack ( here ). The difference here is that the output is automatically...
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    Teaching Science Vocabulary with Word Walls

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    Photosynthesis, sodium bicarbonate, velocity, and metamorphic rocks; Science has a lot of vocabulary and to students it can feel like learning a foreign language. In this article, Sarah Ratelis shares how she teaches her students difficult science vocabulary, and asks for your input on what works and what doesn't in your classroom.

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    More Strategies for Teaching Science Vocabulary

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    Find out what the key is to getting students to master tough science vocabulary. From musical raps to a game of Pictionary, middle school science teacher Sarah Ratelis shares more creative strategies for teaching science terminology to students.

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    Make Polygons Fun with Straws

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    To learn more about the Planet Teachers' Lounge, please click here . The use of straws can really add a new dimension to your elementary or middle school geometry units. The straws provide an excellent medium for a hands-on exploration of polygons...
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    Active Mathematics: Teaching Perimeter and Area

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    Get your students out of their chairs, moving around, and learning! Retired mathematics teacher Pat Verhoeven shares a few of her favorite "active" activities for teaching measurement, perimeter, and area.

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    Best of 2012: Top Downloaded Lessons

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    Each new year brings new lessons and resources to share and use in your classroom. In this article, we will highlight the top free and publisher created lessons for 2012.

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