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Prevent Summer Learning Loss with a 'Retro' Flash Card Flipper!

Prevent Summer Learning Loss with a ‘Retro’ Flash Card Flipper

Sum­mer Learn­ing Loss’, or ‘Sum­mer Slide’ as it’s also known, is not just an issue for ‘at risk’ stu­dents. All stu­dents need to prac­tice their aca­d­e­mic skills to keep from falling behind over sum­mer vaca­tion. The year I taught 2nd grade I expe­ri­enced first­hand how much stu­dents can for­get over the sum­mer. We wasted much valuable […]

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Make a Leaf Collage inspired by 'Look What I Did with a Leaf' by Morteza E. Sohi

Make a Leaf Collage

Now that summer’s here, how do you keep your kids learn­ing, cre­at­ing, and spend­ing more time out­doors than in front of a screen? One way is with this inspir­ing lit­tle book, “Look What I Did with a Leaf!” by Morteza E. Sohi. This is not so much a read-aloud type of book that you would share […]

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"Dali Being Devious" by Hannah Rothstein

Illustrations with Surrealism

What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate April Fool’s Day than with an image of Sal­vadore Dali caught in the act of pulling a prank??! Sur­re­al­ism is a cul­tural, artis­tic, and lit­er­ary move­ment which began in the early 1920’s. Founded by French writer and poet Andre Bre­ton as a ‘rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ment’, Sur­re­al­ism is prob­a­bly best known as a […]

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Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louis Nevelson

Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevel­son (1899–1988) was one of the most impor­tant sculp­tors of the 20th cen­tury. Born in Rus­sia, she emi­grated with her fam­ily to the United States in 1905. Her unique artis­tic style was influ­enced by the cubist move­ment, co-founded by Pablo Picasso, and the found object sculp­tures of Mar­cel Duchamp. Call­ing her­self “the orig­i­nal recy­cler”, Nevel­son is most […]

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Easy DIY Handmade Envelopes to fit any size card!

Easy DIY Envelopes to Fit Any Size Card

With Valentine’s Day right around the cor­ner, I wanted to share this super-easy DIY enve­lope you can make to fit any size card! How many times have you or your stu­dents cre­ated a won­der­ful hand-made card for Valentine’s Day (or Christ­mas, Birth­day, Mother’s Day, etc.) and then deliv­ered it in an enve­lope that didn’t fit cor­rectly, or […]

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Valentine Color Mixing - Paint 100 Hearts!

Valentine Color Mixing — Paint 100 Hearts!

With Valen­tines Day (and the ‘100th Day of School’) just around the cor­ner, I thought I’d post this heart-themed ver­sion of my ‘Mix­ing 100 Col­ors’ les­son! Mix­ing the col­ors and then paint­ing hearts requires a lit­tle longer atten­tion span, so I’ve found that 4th grade and up does best with this ver­sion. But younger students […]

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Surfboard Art by Kids

Surf’s Up! With End-of-the-Year Surfboard Art

The last few days of the school year can be a chal­lenge.… stu­dents are super-excited and their energy level is high! Add in a sub­sti­tute teacher and things could get crazy! So, I was asked to sub for a cou­ple of classes on their last day of Art. I knew I’d need some­thing spe­cial to focus their almost-summer-vacation exuberance! […]

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