Use Word Power to Jump-start the Learning Process

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature… …attention-getting phrases that… surprise and delight kids instantly invite students into conversation with you and their classmates prepare children to “use their thinking caps” lead into and make connections with

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Put a Mask on Creative Learning!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When was the last time you wore a mask? Ever put a mask on learning? Masks are age-old and universal tools for transforming children and adults into characters they

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Attracting Attention with Alliteration

Hats off to teachers…It’s time for Mid-Week Focus to explore the fun and function of ATTRACTING ATTENTION with ALLITERATION! It’s a sound idea. Words written or read aloud in sequence with the same beginning sound catch kids’ ears. What’s your favorite

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Expanded Thinking

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Notice anything new about Attentionology today? We hope you like the new expanded (and we think improved) site. It’s designed to be more user-friendly with more content, brighter images, FREE

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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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