Spelling Doodles

This is a cool idea! I like the idea of having kids come up with their own ways of grouping the words. Great post, Room Mom!


spelling doodle sample sharpie

Along with every other 4th grade student, I want to avoid “write the spelling words 3x each” spelling homework. I am actually not against that kind of homework (especially if the students are writing the words in cursive) since I think it builds a motor memory, but we all get bored with it. One new activity I am using is a Spelling Doodle. Students use every word on the weekly list to design a word doodle. The challenge is to think of various ways to group the spelling words. Students use a combination of phonics knowledge and word meanings to create word categories. Not only do students practice writing spelling words correctly, they are also activating their knowledge about the ways letters combine to create words, word usage, and definitions of the words.

spelling doodle with list

Give the student a piece of white copy paper and some colored pencils or fun pens. Using all…

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April Fool’s Day is Almost Here!

April Fool's STICKERDon’t forget that April Fool’s Day 2015 is next Wednesday! Have you already figured out activities or your teacher prank to knock the socks off your students? Check out these ideas:

Shrinking Attendance Clips

Brownies … or is it Brown E’s?

No Prep April Fool’s Day Pranks for Teachers

More April Fool’s Day Pranks for Teachers

The History of April Fool’s Day (printable)


Dress Like 100 Years Old (100th Day of School Idea)

There are tons of ideas out there for celebrating the 100th day of school! Here’s one I recently heard about from a cousin. Her daughter’s school encouraged kids to dress up like they were 100 years old! How awesome is that?!


100 Years Old for 100th Day of School

Have any other awesome 100 days of school activities you love? Share them in the comments below! Thanks!

2014 in Review: Annual Stats Update

As this year comes to a close, I’m reflecting on the growth of my blog for this year. I’m beaming with pride as I announce that I hit 1 million views this year! I’ve had a blast sharing ideas and learning more about the *addicting* world of blogging! Thank you to everyone who has read, shared, commented and supported my blog!

Here are some year-end statistics:

The top referring sites in 2014 were:

  1. pinterest.com
  2. bloglovin.com
  3. facebook.com
  4. urlopener.com
  5. collegereadycoach.com

Total views to date: 1,118,028 views

Day with the most views: November 28 (8,865 views)

These are the posts that got the most views in 2014:

  1. Aesop’s Fables Collection (free worksheets) published 
  2. 30 Most Important Classroom Procedures published 
  3. Blank Timeline Printables published 
  4. Quick & Easy Formative Assessments UPDATED published 
  5. Are Basic Math Facts Worth Teaching? published 

If Teachers Were Treated Like Football Players

Maybe I’m biased, but I think teachers should be revered like football players. This video proves it. Check out this quick video for yourself:

If Teachers Were Treated Like Football Players

Craft Spotlight: Project Leaves with a Thanksgiving Turkey project!

Love this idea! I wonder what it would look like if you added real leaves? Enjoy!


2014-09-22-FeatureImageIt’s never too early to start thinking about seasonal crafts for the classroom, no matter what time of year! Prepare for Thanksgiving with our true-to-life sized R51080 Project Leaves in a variety of colors and shapes. Use the Project Leaves to create the tail feathers and simple construction paper cutouts to make the turkey head and body. 

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Parent Volunteers

I’ve been helping a friend plan for her first year teaching 6th grade. Here’s a letter we came up with to give to parents at the beginning of the year. We wanted to find a way to let parents/guardians help the class even if they can’t commit to a once a week in-class time. Here’s a draft of our letter. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Parent Volunteer Are Awesome!

Welcome to Miss ________’s 6th grade class! I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to work with you and your family to provide the best educational experience for your child. If you would be willing to help out our class this year, please indicate below. Thank you in advance for your help!

 Miss ____

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Student Name ____________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Name(s) __________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian phone number _______________________________________________
Parent/Guardian email ______________________________________________________

___ I’m willing to help in the classroom on a regular basis

         Day(s)/Time(s) that work best: _________________________________________

___I’m willing to help from home. Miss ___ can send things home for e to help with (cutting out laminated items, assembling packets, etc)

___ I’m willing to come on class field trips if needed

___ I’m willing to help with/come to class parties and special activities

Squarehead Sighting: Seattle, WA

Another Squarehead sighting! A reader sent this to me from their vacation in Seattle, Washington. Check it out!

SQH on Seattle beach


If you see a Squarehead somewhere, snap a photo and send it to me at squareheadteachers at gmail dot com.