4 Ways to Use Building Blocks Such as Legos With Older Students

Who doesn’t enjoy playing with building blocks such as Legos? There is something both relaxing and stimulating about these simple structures. Seeing your creation come together is fun for all ages! Pulling out building blocks will hook your students and almost always guarantee engagement. Writing Precise Directions and Following Directions For this activity, all students […]

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Reflecting and Looking Forward

Starting the New Semester With Your Students January has traditionally been a time of both reflection and looking forward and setting goals. It is a good time for a reset in your classroom. Guide your students to reflect on their first semester and begin to look forward to the second semester. Students will benefit from […]

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May 18-24

Develop the background knowledge of your students by sharing a historic event from each day. This post gives you an event which occurred each day in history from May 18-24. An online link for each day is also included. In this blog post you will find Plessy v. Ferguson, Guantanamo Bay, Hubble Telescope, Plato, Sir […]

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Day In History: April 9-16

Share a historic event each day with your students. This is a great bell-ringer! Post on Smartboard or write on white board and discuss with your students to develop background knowledge. If you are searching for a way to develop reading skills, check out the differentiated passages (with comprehension questions) at the bottom of the […]

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Day In History: December 16-31 Free Resources

December 16 Boston Tea Party The Boston Tea Party was held in protest against “taxation without representation” on December 16, 1773. Secondary students in AP or US History Classes or in AP Economics classes will benefit from the lesson “From Tea to Shining Sea: A primary Document-Based Unit on the Boston Tea Party.” The unit […]

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Day In History: December 1-15 Free Resources

More free resources from Reading Specialty! Check out these topics! Eli Whitney Nuremberg Trials Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prize UNICEF Marconi Nobel Prize Saddam Hussein Three Gorges Dam Bill of Rights December 1 December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus beginning a boycott which became important to […]

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DAY IN HISTORY: Free Resources November 9-15

Free resources for Carl Sagan, David Livingston, Veteran’s Day, Elizabeth Stanton, Military Draft, Nellie Bly, and Articles of Confederation November 9-Carl Sagan, astronomer, was born November 9, 1934. Voyager I left NASA in September of 1977 to study the solar system and space. Today, 42 years later, the spacecraft still receives commands and transmits data. […]

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Day In History: September 24-30 Free Resources

Supreme Court, Benedict Arnold, Federal Trade Commission, Henry Ford, Confucius, John D. Rockefeller, Hoover Dam Below is listed an event in history for each day, September 24-30. Share these with your class and use the free resources with your students. (Disclaimer: Always check the resources to be sure they are appropriate for your students/level.) Scroll […]

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