Make a Home in Class for “Little Orphan Octopus”

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! As I was leaving my last fourth grade class for the day this afternoon at the school where I’m teaching this week I heard a boy behind me call

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Go Fish for Focus Fish!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Every year Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) or Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) in schools across the United States (and likely in other parts of the world – a subject I

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Make “Make Believe” Work

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! A few years ago I had the good fortune to win a contest for creative ideas in the care of puppies.  My win netted my family a year’s worth

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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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