Help Kids See…the Harder You Work, the Luckier You’ll Be!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Help kids see…the harder you work, the luckier you’ll be. If you’ll be celebrating “the luck o’ the Irish” with your class on March 17 (when everyone who wants to

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Fill a Cornucopia with Good Character Traits and Other Creative Challenges

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Cornucopias are attention-getting icons of Thanksgiving in parts of the world that celebrate this special day in November each year. Traditional cornucopias are filled with harvest time treasures like apples,

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The Magic Pencil Holds Students Spellbound

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! “What did you do over the weekend?” I overheard a fourth grade teacher ask a colleague in the teachers’ “lounge” at lunchtime. “SLEPT!” she replied, with a voice that capitalized

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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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