Take Kids on Make Believe Vacations!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Summer, fall, winter, spring…some children don’t get opportunities to take family vacations during the year. What to do to help these kids feel the excitement of a getaway and get

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Celebrating Our First Teachers and Costuming to Catch Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Mother’s Day is around the corner in the US today, now that the calendar has turned to May. This annual special Sunday for moms is celebrated on different days in different

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Barbara Cleary has been serving as a resource to hundreds of educators for more than 25 years. An award-winning writer, producer, teacher, and trainer, Barbara’s focus is on offering easy, fun tools and tricks that support K-5 curricula and assist teachers with classroom management.
Quick tips for common classroom conundrums: K-5
Situation: Students continue to use lackluster verbs in their writing.

Solution: Show toy cars and pretend to make them zip across a page, telling the class that good writing includes action words (verbs) that have "zip." Ask the class for examples of "zippy" verbs like zoom, race, flash, rush, etc.

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