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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Conquering the "I'm bored" Summer Syndrome

Kids can't wait for the first day of summer break! Then, the "I'm bored" syndrome sets in. There's lots of fun activities to keep kids learning--without them realizing it, of course. 

First, a fun learning activity that incorporates basic math and map skills:

The full packet handouts are given, but here's the TpT storefront link, if needed, for Dog Walk Math.

Not up for walking the dog? How about reviewing your summer diet? Use the Nutrition packet to get kids thinking about their food choices during the summer:

Click here for the full packet, Nutrition Month.

There's tons of fun activities to make learning seem less tedious at Educator Helper, so stop by for some summer fun!

Have a great summer!
Educator Helper

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day Freebies

It's time to honor all those who take on the role of "Father"! 

In addition, I'd like to honor my own father, who passed away this week:

Encourage students to make memories with their "Fathers". I'm blessed to have made many wonderful memories with my dad...

Take time to make and give a lasting memory with some of the below Father's Day activities.

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June is Great Month for FUN

What's coming up in June? Some of the funnest activities ever! Take a look at all the fun coming our way:

June is Dairy Month
June 2 National Doughnut Day
June 18 Father's Day

Here's some fun activities to keep students celebrating the entire month of June:

Dairy Month

Check back for Father's Day freebies closer to the special day! In the meantime, get ready for fun with Dairy Month and Doughnut Day!

Have fun learning in June!
Beth, the Educator Helper

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day--Honoring All Who Served

Memorial Day is the time to say "Thank you" to those who served to protect our democracy and freedom. The commitment and dedication of our service men and women is to be appreciated and commended. Almost every citizen knows someone who is serving or is a veteran of the Armed Services branch, do give them a big "Thanks for serving!" 

In honor of Memorial Day, here are some free items to celebrate the holiday:

Pick up the full packet here at Educator Helper TpT storefront.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The end of the school year is near! Are your students getting excited, or have they "checked out" of learning? Are you struggling with keeping students focused and engaged? If so, Educator Helper has the answer!

When I taught seventh grade, the most anticipated project of the year was comic book writing! It kept students busy as I finished up end-of-year paperwork. Be advised, though, that this unit might consume every spare minute of students' school days. Teachers in other disciplines complained about the unit because it is the only project students wanted to work on! However, comic book writing can be used across-curriculum to teach just about any kind of skills. Here are some examples from my students:

Although some teachers prefer to use technology with comic book writing, the old fashioned draw-it-yourself books are best! There are no drawing skills needed to do these projects, so don't let students bombard you with "But, I can't draw..." complaints. Stock your classroom with I Can Draw books, everyday household items, and black and white pictures that students can use to copy or trace. You'll need lots of blank paper, colored pencils, and erasers. Then, be prepared because this unit will become the most popular project in your school!

Are you ready to get started? If so, start by downloading the complete how-to guide with everything needed to get started:

If you are not quite ready to take the plunge and let students create their own full-blown comic books (I promise it's an easy student-centered project!), then try one of the ready-made, fill-in-the-blank templates:

Let me know how Comic Book Writing works in your classroom.

Happy comic book writing!
Beth, Educator Helper

FREE handouts: