Get Outta the House!

Taking the Common Core standards outside.

Walk-and-Thinks

Walk-and-Thinks

Research tells us kids need movement to learn, but how often do we incorporate exercise into our academic classes? A health challenge and pure desperation this school year pushed me to try. My 2016-17 school year started out rough. By the time the first prep day was over an ambulance took me to the hospital […]

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55 Lesson Plans Available from Project Food, Land & People

55 Lesson Plans Available from Project Food, Land & People

Yarn, grocery bags, and old magazines seem to be the backbone of all elementary school crafts. Project Food, Land & People (FLP), a 28-year-old educational non-profit, puts together those things and more to help teachers keep kids’ attention while learning about natural resources, agriculture, and the environment. FLP has developed 55 lesson plans for preschoolers through […]

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Spooky Science Comes to Folsom

Spooky Science Comes to Folsom

Just in time for Halloween, the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District is bringing its Spooky Science workshop to area educators. Teachers will meet inside the visitor center inside the Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park, a bonus for anyone interested in how electricity works or Sacramento County history. SMUD ‘s description of the workshop: “Using a spooky, […]

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Air

Air

The California Air Resources Board has compiled a huge list of websites for anyone interested in air pollution, air quality, smog, and just about anything to do with keeping the air clean for breathing. Ed Wong, from the board’s Office of the Ombudsman/Air Quality Education Program in Sacramento, distributed his list to participants at the […]

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A Writer Talks About Reading

A Writer Talks About Reading

The other day I was looking in my closet for something and came across something else stashed back in there: my notes from a writing conference I attended this past spring. Specifically notes from a talk New York Times best-selling author Tim Myers gave at a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference. He was […]

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Fun Ag Conference for Educators This Weekend

Fun Ag Conference for Educators This Weekend

One of the funnest education conferences ever comes to Sacramento this week. The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom’s state conference starts Thursday at the Holiday Inn in downtown Sacramento. Sacramento is the home of the Fork to Farm movement, and this conference runs concurrently with the area’s “Farm Tank Summit.” Conference participants will […]

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Free Park Admission for Fourth Graders

Free Park Admission for Fourth Graders

This school year fourth graders can treat their families and friends to a national park visit for free, all year long. Through the federal initiative, Every Kid in a Park, any fourth grader can download a pass, good through Aug. 31, 2017, for free admission to federal lands and waterways. The pass will also allow […]

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PE Appears Back on the Field

PE Appears Back on the Field

Years ago, during an interview for a special education position, I said I thought one of the biggest special education issues of our time was the lack of structured PE time for our students. The trend in elementary schools at that time was to do away with the professional PE teacher who had studied kinesthetics […]

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Donate Your Mini Hotel Products

Donate Your Mini Hotel Products

If you’re anything like me, the end of summer vacation means you have a rather large collection of those little hotel bottles of shampoo and lotions. Instead of throwing them into the bathroom junk drawer to gather dust, or — heaven forbid — throwing them in the trash, gather them up into a large Ziploc […]

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