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What do you know about Ocean?

What do you know about Ocean?

This lesson designed to teach children the basic knowledge of Ocean. In this lesson, you will learn about how to ask your children questions and to know what your children know about...
GoldFish Part 2

GoldFish Part 2

This lesson demonstrates a way that makes math fun and easy. By using goldfishes and allowing them to choose different characters, children are easier to be engaged in the...
GoldFish Part 1

GoldFish Part 1

This lesson demonstrates a way that makes math fun and easy. By using goldfishes and allowing them to choose different characters, children are easier to be engaged in the...
ABC Songs

ABC Songs

This is a lesson in which multiple ways of saying ABC songs are demonstrated. Make Learning fun by singing them...
Water Work

Water Work

This is a real-life activity which is designed to help little children to excise their specific muscles which are necessary for developing basic “skills” they...
Tweezers

Tweezers

This is a real-life activity which is designed to help little children to excise their specific muscle and to learn basic “skills” they...
Spoons

Spoons

This is a real-life activity which is designed to help little children to excise their specific muscle and to learn basic “skills” they...
Pouring Water

Pouring Water

This is a real-life activity which is designed to help little children to excise their specific muscle and to learn basic “skills” they...
Nest and Birds

Nest and Birds

This is an activity which is designed to help children learn how to sort correct things into...
முன்கணிப்பு – Prediction (Tamil)

முன்கணிப்பு – Prediction (Tamil)

Making predictions helps students think about different possibilities and test their critical thinking. Students can practice this by making predictions at the start of a new lesson. The translation and voice-over for this video were created by Learning Matters Pvt....
Importance of Introduction

Importance of Introduction

The introduction is a vital part of any lesson you teach. There are three key parts that make up a good introduction. Read transcript Principles of teaching: Introduction. What we have learned earlier is that the first part of the lesson is the introduction, and it...
10 Finger Woooo!

10 Finger Woooo!

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate | Wichita, Kansas Build community in your classroom with classroom cheers, such as the 10 Finger Woooo! in this example. Read transcript Using cheers in a classroom is one way to build community between students, and the teacher and...
Building Positive Teacher-Parent Relationship

Building Positive Teacher-Parent Relationship

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate | Wichita, Kansas Send home positive messages to build a positive relationship between teacher and parents. Teach for Life is a global movement of people sharing knowledge to better educate our children and create hope for the world....
Asking Questions About a Storybook

Asking Questions About a Storybook

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson on reading with children shows how a teacher can use a storybook to reinforce many things the students are learning. The teacher asks about related stories they have read, which helps with...
Letter and sound substitution

Letter and sound substitution

Heidi Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In a classroom management scenario, I like to switch how I pronounce my students names by using letter or sound substitution with the weekly letter of focus and the initial sound of their name. Read...
Alphabet Chant

Alphabet Chant

Heidi Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas To aid in stand letter recognition, we play a game where we have a call out and echo pattern between the teacher and students. This Alphabet Chant is an activity I like to use “student teachers” for and let...
Lining up, then out the door

Lining up, then out the door

Heidi Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Using a technique I like to call the Silent Blast-off, I help my students focus while lining up, then go out the classroom door to the next adventure. Read transcript Sometimes when we have to go from one...
Classroom Centers

Classroom Centers

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate | Wichita, Kansas Students use hands on classroom centers and activities to complete daily work in math, though the activities can be used in any subject. Read transcript In my classroom, I have some independent math stations. Most of...
Beat The Teacher

Beat The Teacher

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate | Wichita, Kansas Students are rewarded for following classroom rules in a Beat the Teacher game where good behavior awards points and, eventually, a classroom reward. Read transcript In my classroom, we play a game called Beat the...
Classroom Game: Spin the Wheel

Classroom Game: Spin the Wheel

Ashlyn | The Independent School | Wichita, Kansas This is a fun classroom game that can apply to any situation. It is a really good way to get students involved from making the game to playing together with their peers. Read transcript This game is Spin the Wheel. The...
Classroom Game: Plinko

Classroom Game: Plinko

Sydney Hicks | The Independent School | Wichita, Kansas This is a fun classroom game that can apply to any situation. It is an excellent way to get students involved from making the game to playing together with their peers. Read transcript This game is called Plinko....
Following Directions: Pin the Cherry on the Ice Cream

Following Directions: Pin the Cherry on the Ice Cream

Shirley Xia | The Independent School | Wichita, Kansas This is a game that can apply to any situation. It teaches children about trust and following directions from their peers or teachers. Read transcript We have this game called Pin the Cherry on the Ice Cream Cone....
Hands On

Hands On

Children naturally learn by interaction with objects or living things. The Hands On method can be used to provide an activity that makes a complex idea easier to understand. Read transcript Children naturally learn by exploring and interacting with everything around...
Math Strategy Wall

Math Strategy Wall

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students can refer to a math strategy wall to help them complete math problems. Read transcript Let’s talk about a math strategy wall. What I mean by a math strategy wall is putting up bulletin board or...
Investigation: How Fat Helps Arctic Animals

Investigation: How Fat Helps Arctic Animals

Maya Billingham | The Independent School | Wichita, Kansas This is a science experiment about the importance of fat to arctic animals. The goal is to demonstrate the property of fat and the benefits of having fat stored in an arctic animal’s body. Read transcript This...
Celebrating Student Birthdays

Celebrating Student Birthdays

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas To celebrate a student’s birthday in the classroom, try making a booklet of cards for the birthday boy or...
Guided Math

Guided Math

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas One method of running Guided Math within a classroom, allowing students to work independently while also having one-on-one time with each student. Read transcript I’d like to talk about how I run my math...
Finding and comparing sums

Finding and comparing sums

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Each student takes a domino and counts the dots. Students then compare the numbers. The student with the largest number takes both dominoes. Read transcript Today we’re going to be playing a game of...
Finding the difference between two numbers

Finding the difference between two numbers

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this subtraction lesson, students use number cards and pennies to find the difference between two numbers. Read transcript Today I’m going to teach two students how to play the Difference Game. What...
Sentence Mix-up

Sentence Mix-up

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate | Wichita, Kansas Students put sentences in order to make a story that makes sense with a Sentence Mix-up activity. Read transcript So today, my students are going to be putting sentence strips in order. So I would like to show you the...
Exploring culture with the “upturned iceberg” project

Exploring culture with the “upturned iceberg” project

Colby Patton | Oxford High School | Oxford, Kansas The upturned iceberg project is a project centered on exploring culture that makes the students think and research things that aren’t commonly researched about different countries. Read transcript Hi. My name is Colby...
Reading about a new topic with special ed students

Reading about a new topic with special ed students

Abby Davis | Oxford Junior/Senior High School | Oxford, Kansas When reading and learning about new topics, especially abstract ones, there are many different strategies you can incorporate to help special ed students learn. Read transcript Hi, I’m Abby Davis,...
Shortcuts to Mental Math

Shortcuts to Mental Math

Josh Sipes | Oxford High School | Oxford, Kansas Josh Sipes shares some tips to doing mental math for elementary students. Read Transcript Hi, I’m Josh Sipes. I teach high school and middle school math at Oxford Junior/Senior High School. I will be just doing a...
Methods of Teaching How to Tell Time in Multiple Languages

Methods of Teaching How to Tell Time in Multiple Languages

Colby Patton | Oxford High School | Oxford, Kansas Colby Patton describes different activities used in her Spanish class to teach how to tell time; these methods can be used in teaching English, as well as any other language being learned. Read Transcript Hello, my...
How to Use Rain Sticks in Art Class

How to Use Rain Sticks in Art Class

Casi Hamilton | Oxford High School | Oxford, Kansas Casi Hamilton describes how she incorporated rain sticks into an all-ages curriculum for art and other classes. Read Transcript Hi. I’m Casey Hamilton and I am a K-12 art instructor. I’m going to talk to...
Ideas for Teaching the Four Seasons

Ideas for Teaching the Four Seasons

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Several ideas for teaching students about the seasons: summer, fall, winter, and spring. These include pictures, books, and making your own hands-on materials representing the...
Classroom Library

Classroom Library

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate | Wichita, Kansas Organize the books in your classroom so that your classroom library is easily accessible to students. You can use designated containers and labels. Read Transcript So, let’s talk about a classroom library. What a...
Organizing Papers

Organizing Papers

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas One tip for organizing papers is to use mailboxes to file graded papers. Students can easily find their mailbox and take home papers every Friday. Read Transcript As every teacher knows we deal with a lot of...
The Kindness Crew

The Kindness Crew

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The Kindness Crew are students who intentionally treat others the way they want to be treated. The students collaborate to learn how to be kind to others. Read Transcript Welcome to the kindness crew. In our...
Early Finishers

Early Finishers

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas How do early finishers know what to do? Use a board with “If your work is finished, then…” and leave room to let them know. Read Transcript Do you have students who finish early? I think every teacher has...
Voice Levels

Voice Levels

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Use posters to manage voice levels in your classroom. This is a great way to cue students as to what their voice levels should be at any given time. Read Transcript In an elementary classroom it’s important that...
Reading Stamina

Reading Stamina

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Reading stamina is a child’s ability to focus and read independently for a certain period of time. A reading stamina chart can challenge students to improve as a class. Read Transcript Reading Stamina is an...
Sight Words

Sight Words

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students highlight words in a weekly reader, then they read to a parent or sibling. Repetition is the key to learning sight...
Words to Live By

Words to Live By

Shirley Meissner | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Quotes in the classroom can inspire and challenge your students in subtle ways every day. Use quotes to decorate the classroom and also in your lessons. Try adding a quote or two to your classroom today!...
Nooks and Crannies

Nooks and Crannies

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Provide students with comfy spots around your room. This helps keep them focused and gives them a comfortable space to work on an activity. Read Transcript Students’ love quiet cozy spots to sit while...
Classroom Rules

Classroom Rules

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Use hand gestures to reinforce classroom rules starting on day one. Continue to revisit your classroom rules repeatedly on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Read Transcript In my classroom I find that...
Good Morning Greeting

Good Morning Greeting

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students greet their teacher, sign in, and get started with their day in a positive way. This helps cultivate a positive classroom community and teaches good manners. Read Transcript Good morning. How are you...
Alternative Seating

Alternative Seating

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Alternative seating isn’t just for students on learning plans; every student learns in a different way. Provide different options and find what works best for each student. Read Transcript So, today I’d...
Blend Sounds

Blend Sounds

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students blend sounds together as a reading strategy. This helps beginning readers learn to put sounds together to learn unfamiliar...
Math Vocabulary Wall

Math Vocabulary Wall

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students and teacher can refer to the math vocabulary wall for math vocabulary reinforcement. This can help first graders learn, remember, and use math vocabulary correctly in and out of the classroom. Read...
Map on the Ceiling

Map on the Ceiling

Shirley Meissner | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Teachers can make map skills easy with the creation of a map on the ceiling. Placing a map on the ceiling helps students visualize the geography of the world. Read Transcript Hi, teaching young children...
Organizing Interactive Math Journal

Organizing Interactive Math Journal

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita , Kansas Students get differentiated pages to cut and glue into a math journal. The journal can be added to and used as a resource throughout the year. Also, students can track their progress by using different colors...
Positive Reinforcement

Positive Reinforcement

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita , Kansas Students receive brag tags for positive behavior. This helps reinforce that behavior and gives students an extra goal to work toward. Read Transcript So, in first grade one thing that we use to reinforce...
Classroom Job Center

Classroom Job Center

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The classroom management strategy, Classroom Job Center, allows students to have a job in the classroom each week. Students learn responsibility and also engage in classroom activity. Read Transcript This is my...
Classroom Organization

Classroom Organization

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita , Kansas Students can keep themselves organized with this two folder system. Each folder stores information and also separates student work to help them stay better organized in the classroom. Read Transcript During our...
Class Building Activity

Class Building Activity

Renee Shofner | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson gives a simple and effective activity to help build an atmosphere of trust in your classroom. Use this activity for team building, and also a fun indoor recess game! Read Transcript When working...
Back Up and Reread

Back Up and Reread

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita , Kansas Students reread certain parts of a book to gain a better understanding of what the author is saying. The teacher can also use a hand gesture to help students...
Wait Time (Partner School)

Wait Time (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Sometimes, you may want students to think deeply about a question before giving a response. Using wait time gives students the time they need to think before answering. ~*~ Thank you to Sr. Jane...
Prior Knowledge (Partner School)

Prior Knowledge (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India As students learn, they build upon the knowledge they already possess. Asking students to demonstrate prior knowledge of a topic can help lay the foundation for a lesson, as well as connect other,...
Cooperative Learning (Partner School)

Cooperative Learning (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Cooperative learning encourages students to take the lead and learn from one another when doing different activities in small groups. This video shows how to use cooperative learning...
Summarizing (Partner School)

Summarizing (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Summarizing is restating the main ideas of a lesson in as few words as possible. Students will need to practice this often so as not to include too much or too little information in their summary....
Sentence Starters (Partner School)

Sentence Starters (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Using sentence starters can help students learn to form complete sentences. The teacher gives the students part of a sentence, and they speak or write the sentence with the missing words added....
Rote Learning (Partner School)

Rote Learning (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India The rote learning method is useful when students need to memorize small pieces of information. Repetition is used to enable students to recall information quickly at a later time. ~*~ Thank you to...
Retelling (Partner School)

Retelling (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Retelling is used after students have learned something new. By retelling what they have just learned in their own words to someone else, the lesson is reinforced and the teacher knows what the...
Reflection (Partner School)

Reflection (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India After a lesson, students may use reflection to reinforce the concepts they have just learned. They may do so verbally, in writing, or by drawing pictures. Reflection lets teachers know that...
Question and Answer (Partner School)

Question and Answer (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Asking questions during a lesson is better than just giving rote information to students. But asking specific types of questions, as shown here, can help students to think more deeply about a...
Prediction (Partner School)

Prediction (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Making predictions helps students think about different possibilities and test their critical thinking. Students can practice this by making predictions at the start of a new lesson. ~*~ Thank you...
Practice (Partner School)

Practice (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Practice is an integral part of learning skills in any subject area. The three levels of practice can help students get the maximum benefit from a lesson or activity. ~*~ Thank you to Sr. Jane and...
Active Participation (Partner School)

Active Participation (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Physical movement is a great way to get students involved in a lesson. Here are a few ways to use active participation when you teach any topic. ~*~ Thank you to Sr. Jane and her class at St....
Cues and Clues (Partner School)

Cues and Clues (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India If a student has trouble answering a question, an instructor can use tips, information, or prompting to help them come to the answer on their own. Learn about the two different types of cues and...
Demonstrating (Partner School)

Demonstrating (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Demonstrating, also known as “modeling,” can help students understand what a teacher wants from them. Showing students how to do something should be paired with verbal instruction to teach a new...
Direct Teaching (Partner School)

Direct Teaching (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Direct Teaching, or “Direct Instruction,” can be used for many different types of lessons. Here is how you can teach students about a new topic by talking to them about it as they listen. ~*~...
Feedback (Partner School)

Feedback (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India The two types of feedback are praise and suggestions for improvement. Feedback encourages students to succeed with each new lesson and helps them understand how. ~*~ Thank you to Sr. Jane and her...
Group Response (Partner School)

Group Response (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India Group response, or “choral response,” happens when a teacher asks a question and has the students respond in unison. By using this teaching technique, the teacher knows if material needs to be...
I Do We Do You Do (Partner School)

I Do We Do You Do (Partner School)

St. Mary’s Convent Junior College of Education | Allahabad, India I Do, We Do, You Do is a helpful pattern to follow when teaching something new. Through this technique, students are eased from learning about an activity to doing it on their own. ~*~ Thank you...
Use the Pictures

Use the Pictures

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students use the pictures to understand new words while associating meaning to the text. Stopping to ask the students to use the pictures to discover new meanings. It also helps the student understand the...
I Do We Do You Do

I Do We Do You Do

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas I Do We Do You Do is a helpful pattern to follow when teaching something new. Through this technique, students are eased from learning about an activity to doing it on their own. Read Transcript I Do We Do You Do is a proven method for...
Active Participation

Active Participation

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas Physical movement is a great way to get students involved in a lesson. Here are a few ways to use active participation when you teach any topic. Read Transcript Physical movement helps students pay attention and stay focused. There are...
Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas Cooperative learning encourages students to take the lead and learn from one another when doing different activities in small groups. This video shows how to use this method effectively. Read Transcript In Cooperative Learning, the...
Cues and Clues

Cues and Clues

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas If a student has trouble answering a question, an instructor can use tips, information, or prompting to help them come to the answer on their own. Learn about the two different types of cues and clues and how to use them in a lesson in...
Demonstrating

Demonstrating

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas Demonstrating, also known as “modeling,” can help students understand what a teacher wants from them. Showing students how to do something should be paired with verbal instruction to teach a new skill as shown in this video. Read...
Direct Teaching

Direct Teaching

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas Direct Teaching, or Direct Instruction, can be used for many different types of lessons. Here is how you can teach students about a new topic by talking to them about it as they listen. Read transcript In the Direct Teaching method,...
Feedback

Feedback

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas The two types of feedback are praise and suggestions for improvement. These encourage students to succeed with each new lesson and helps them understand how. Read Transcript Feedback is letting students know what they are doing...
Group Response

Group Response

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas Group response, or “choral response,” happens when a teacher asks a question and has the students respond in unison. By using this teaching technique, the teacher knows if material needs to be retaught so all students will understand...
Practice

Practice

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas Practice is an integral part of learning skills in any subject area. The three levels of practice can help students get the maximum benefit from a lesson or activity. Read Transcript We all know the importance of practice to help us...
Prior Knowledge

Prior Knowledge

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas As students learn, they build upon the knowledge they already possess. Asking students to demonstrate prior knowledge of a topic can help lay the foundation for a lesson, as well as connect other, related lessons to the subject at...
Sequencing

Sequencing

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas Sequencing is a visual organizing tool where students use a chart that puts the main events of a story in order to review the story. This can help them better comprehend and recall the story. Read transcript Sequencing is used when...
Venn Diagram

Venn Diagram

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas Using a Venn Diagram, students identify similarities and differences between two things by listing certain features in a chart containing overlapping circles. Venn Diagrams can be used to summarize, compare, or comprehend information....
KWL

KWL

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas KWL is a visual organizer that can be used to sort information students already Know, information they Want to Know, and information they have already Learned. It can be used in all three parts of a lesson: the Introduction, the New...
Wait Time

Wait Time

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas Sometimes, you may want students to think deeply about a question before giving a response. Using wait time gives students the time they need to think before answering. Read Transcript When a teacher asks a question, students tend to...
Rote Learning

Rote Learning

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas The rote learning method is useful when students need to memorize small pieces of information. Repetition is used to enable students to recall information quickly at a later time. Read Transcript When students need to memorize small...
Temporary Support

Temporary Support

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA As children grow, there are some things they can do on their own, others they cannot do on their own yet, and some they can do with support. You can help students with a difficult skill until they are able to succeed on their own....
प्रदर्शन -Demonstrating

प्रदर्शन -Demonstrating

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA Pradarshit karna, “modaling” ke roop mein bhee jaana jaata hai, yah samajhane mein chhaatron kee madad kar sakata hai ki ek shikshak unase kya chaahata hai is veediyo mein dikhae gae anusaar ek naya kaushal sikhaane ke...
Summarizing

Summarizing

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA Summarizing is restating the main ideas of a lesson in as few words as possible. Students will need to practice this often so as not to include too much or too little information in their summary. Read Transcript Summarizing is...
Sentence Starters

Sentence Starters

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA Using sentence starters can help students learn to form complete sentences. The teacher gives the students part of a sentence, and they speak or write the sentence with the missing words added. Read Transcript The “Sentence...
संकेत और सुराग – Cues and Clues

संकेत और सुराग – Cues and Clues

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA Agar kissi chhatr ko prashan ka utar dene main kathinae hoti hai too, shikshaq yuktiyon, sochanaon ka istemal kar sakta hai ye unhe uttar tak pahunchane main madad kar sakta hai . Do alag alag prakaar ke sanketon aur suraagon ke...
Retelling

Retelling

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA Retelling is used after students have learned something new. By retelling what they have just learned in their own words to someone else, the lesson is reinforced and the teacher knows what the students understand. Read Transcript...
Reflection

Reflection

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA After a lesson, students may use reflection to reinforce the concepts they have just learned. They may do so verbally, in writing, or by drawing pictures. This lets teachers know that students understand what has been taught. Read...
एक पाठ का ढांचा – Structure of a Lesson

एक पाठ का ढांचा – Structure of a Lesson

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA हर पाठ में 3 विशिष्ट भागों हैं: परिचय, नई जानकारी, और समीक्षा। Every lesson has 3 specific parts: the introduction, the new information, and the review. Teach for Life is a global movement of people sharing knowledge to better...
Problem Solving

Problem Solving

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA When a student or group of students encounter a problem, have them use the four-step problem solving method to overcome it. The four steps can be repeated until a solution is found. Read Transcript Problem Solving is a method...
The Life Cycle (Meal Worms)

The Life Cycle (Meal Worms)

Katie Holzman | Discovery Place Preschool | Wichita, KS Students learn about the life cycles of living things by examining mealworms in their various stages of...
Prediction

Prediction

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA Students make predictions about what might happen in the lesson. Read Transcript In the Prediction method, the teacher asks students to make a prediction about what might happen in the lesson. For example, in a lesson about...
Question and Answer

Question and Answer

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA Asking questions during a lesson is better than just giving rote information to students. But asking specific types of questions, as shown here, can help students to think more deeply about a...
Taking Turns Talking

Taking Turns Talking

Todd Flory | Wheatland Elementary School | Wichita, KS During class meetings, the teacher and students use a talking piece. Only the person holding the object can talk, which gives all students a chance to share and practice their listening skills. Read Transcript My...
Introduction

Introduction

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA The introduction is an essential part of every lesson. However, it is often ignored or left out. When this happens, students sometimes wonder what they are supposed to learn and why it is...
New Information

New Information

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA The new information is the middle part of each lesson. It should take 3/5 of the lesson time. The new information is the main part of the lesson. The emphasis is on acquiring the skills and knowledge that will be taught in the...
Review

Review

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA The review phase of the lesson occurs at the end of the lesson. It is the follow up part of the lesson and is where 1/5 of the time is spent. The emphasis is on students applying the skills and knowledge that was taught in the...
Making Observations: Five Senses with Apples

Making Observations: Five Senses with Apples

Katie Holzman | Discovery Place Preschool | Wichita, Kansas An exploration of the five senses using varieties of apples to see and feel different sizes and shapes, different tastes and smells, and hear different...
Hands On

கைகளில் – Hands On (Tamil)

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA பொருள்கள் அல்லது உயிரினங்களுடனான தொடர்பு மூலம் குழந்தைகள் இயல்பாகவே கற்றுக்கொள்கிறார்கள். ஹேண்ட்ஸ் முறை ஒரு சிக்கலான யோசனை புரிந்து கொள்ள எளிதாக ஒரு செயல்பாடு வழங்க பயன்படுத்த முடியும். Children naturally learn by interaction with...
Phonological Awareness Techniques

Phonological Awareness Techniques

Early Literacy Quick Clip: Phonological awareness is a long name for a simple idea: an awareness of the sounds of language. Watch examples of educators playing with language in different...
Using Rods to Teach Measurement

Using Rods to Teach Measurement

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses rods of different sizes to teach measurement. The students arrange the rods from the shortest to the longest. Read Transcript Hello again. This is another way that I teach measurement to my...
Using Cubes to Teach Measurement

Using Cubes to Teach Measurement

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses ten cubes of different size to teach measurement. The students observe the teacher arranging the cubes by size from the biggest to the smallest. Read Transcript Today I’m going to teach...
Parts of a Word

Parts of a Word

Arta Quam | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students break simple words into two parts, the onset and the rime, then put them back together...
Teaching Rhyming using Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down

Teaching Rhyming using Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down

Arta Quam | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas The teacher leads an activity that helps students recognize rhyming words by listening for words that end with the same sound. The teacher says two words. If the words rhyme, the students indicate with a thumbs up....
Layers of the Earth

Layers of the Earth

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas An example of how different visual aids can be used to teach and review the four layers of the...
Teaching Rhyme Production

Teaching Rhyme Production

Arta Quam | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas The teacher leads oral activities that give students the opportunity to generate rhyming words. Each activity increases the students’ skill level for making their own...
Ideas for Teaching Colors

Ideas for Teaching Colors

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students learn colors by observing the physical objects around them including crayons, their own clothes, and other items in the room. The teacher says the name of color and repeats it each time an object is...
Teaching Pronouns Using a Chair

Teaching Pronouns Using a Chair

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher uses a chair(s) to teach the pronouns he, she, they. Students learn that pronouns replace proper...
Sounds Make Words

Sounds Make Words

Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear sounds and sound patterns within a spoken word. The teacher helps children listen to these sounds carefully and learn to hear the patterns within words. Over time, they learn how different sounds work together to make the...
Experimenting with Push and Pull

Experimenting with Push and Pull

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas Using a few common objects, students experiment with moving a ball around and learn that they can use the forces of pushing and pulling that they sometimes see in...
Activities for Teaching Basic Shapes

Activities for Teaching Basic Shapes

Sumita Ghosh | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas After the teacher discusses the number of sides and corners each shape has, the students do different activities involving circles, squares, and triangles. They can trace the shapes, cut them out of paper, and...
Scientific Observation: Look, Touch, Taste

Scientific Observation: Look, Touch, Taste

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas Basic food items can form the base for teaching scientific observation. Using things that look similar, but taste different, like flour, sugar, and salt, the teacher has students look, touch, and taste each...
End of the Year Behavior

End of the Year Behavior

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas As the school year draws to a close, younger students can get excited about the summer break. During this time, the teacher will need to remind the students that the routines, behaviors, and rules still need...
Making Classroom Rules

Making Classroom Rules

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas When the teacher and students work together to create rules for classroom behavior, students have more ownership in how they should act during their school day. Read Transcript Rules and procedures are key to...
Counting by Fives: Hands

Counting by Fives: Hands

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Students use their own and each others’ hands to move from counting by ones to counting by fives. Read Transcript I would like to show you how I teach counting by five to the students in my classroom. To begin...
Counting by Tens: Hands

Counting by Tens: Hands

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Students practice counting by ones, then fives, then tens using their own and each others’ hands. Read Transcript Today I’m going to show you how I would teach counting by tens, to the students in my...
How Animals Move

How Animals Move

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas Using figures, toys, or pictures, the teacher and students discuss the ways different animals move: swimming, flying, walking, and running. Then, students practice by sorting each animal into groups by type of...
Properties of Light

Properties of Light

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas A flashlight and a few different types of paper or material are used to teach young children about light. The teacher and students experiment with ways that light does and does not pass through objects then...
Learning Basic Shapes with the Hokey Pokey

Learning Basic Shapes with the Hokey Pokey

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Each student has four basic shapes cut out of paper: rectangle, square, triangle, circle. The teacher picks one of the shapes and sings a song. Students have to recognize and pick up that shape and then join in the...
Using Celery to Teach Scientific Method

Using Celery to Teach Scientific Method

Blake Burbach | Discovery Place Preschool | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses celery and food coloring as an experiment to introduce the Scientific Method. Each step of the Scientific Method is taught during this...
Making Observations: Sense of Smell

Making Observations: Sense of Smell

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher reviews all five senses before focusing on the sense of smell for this lesson. Students smell different scents and decide whether they think the smell is good or bad. They graph their...
Making Clear Transitions Between Lessons

Making Clear Transitions Between Lessons

P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Making it clear when one lesson ends and a new one begins helps students focus, stay engaged, and prepare to learn. Reviewing rules and expectations with the class encourages good habits for transitioning...
A Game that Teaches More, Less, Same Using Dice

A Game that Teaches More, Less, Same Using Dice

Becky O’Hearn | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and the students play a game with dice. The students learn more, less, equal by counting the dots on the die they roll and then comparing it to the teacher’s roll. The teacher has the...
Observing the Growth of Bean Seeds

Observing the Growth of Bean Seeds

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This science activity tracks the growth of bean seeds. Each students plants a seed and watches the way it grows and changes over time, while drawing their...
Self Awareness: Portrait Project

Self Awareness: Portrait Project

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas As students draw self portraits during the school year, they begin to develop an awareness of their bodies. Over the course of the year, they are able to identify the dimensions, proportions, and proper...
Teaching Patterns using Natural Materials

Teaching Patterns using Natural Materials

Blake Burbach | Discovery Place Preschool | Wichita, Kansas The teacher explains “AB” and “ABC” patterns. She creates examples of the patterns using natural materials and then has the students make their own patterns. Read Transcript Patterns...
Time Management Using Countdowns

Time Management Using Countdowns

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Teachers can use countdowns to encourage students to finish one task and prepare to move to the next one. Countdowns can be long or short, slow or fast, or even in different languages. Using them regularly...
Organized Student Seating

Organized Student Seating

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas There are many benefits to assigning each student to a specific seat in the classroom. Here, the teacher tries to seat them in boy-girl order and makes sure to change the assignments at the beginning of each...
Caring for Each Other

Caring for Each Other

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas To create an atmosphere of caring, the teacher lets students know that she is both in charge of the classroom and their friend. Time is set aside each day for students to share stories about things they are...
Exploring Shadows and Light

Exploring Shadows and Light

Katie Holzman | Discovery Place Preschool | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students go outside on a sunny day to learn about their shadows. They observe their own shadows as the move around, look for other objects that have shadows, and answer questions about light...
Simple Poem for Introducing Percussion with Sticks

Simple Poem for Introducing Percussion with Sticks

Steve Elmore | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This activity introduces students to the ideas of “timbre;” (sound qualities produced by different instruments), and volume. The teacher and students use sticks as percussion instruments, rubbing...
End of the Day Routines

End of the Day Routines

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses end of day routines to end the school day positively. She has the students do two exercises: in the first exercise, students talk about one great and one not so great thing that happened to...
Taking Responsibility: Making Choices

Taking Responsibility: Making Choices

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher provides the students opportunities to make their own choices when presented with options. This gives students ownership for their decisions and make them responsible for their actions. In some...
Learning Responsibility with Classroom Jobs

Learning Responsibility with Classroom Jobs

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Every student has a job in the classroom because they thrive on having responsibility. The teacher changes their jobs weekly during the school year. Read Transcript I feel that jobs are a mandatory...
Fundamentals of Art: Kandinsky Project

Fundamentals of Art: Kandinsky Project

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher regularly introduces an artist’s work and has the students complete a project that relates to the artwork. In this lesson, the students are creating layered circles within a rectangle that is...
Making a Personal History Book

Making a Personal History Book

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Over the course of the school year, the teacher compiles a book of the students’ artwork. On the first day she has them draw a self portrait and write their name, and then at the end of year they draw...
Creating a “Can Do” Attitude

Creating a “Can Do” Attitude

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students are inspired to have a positive attitude and perseverance through difficult situations. When they are struggling and want to quit, the teacher encourages them to ask for help, take more time to think,...
Forming Strong Relationships with Students

Forming Strong Relationships with Students

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher shares how important it is to build trust with the students by making an effort to connect with them one-on-one. Read Transcript Every day I welcome my kiddos to school as our school family. So...
Daily Calendar: Singing and Counting Days

Daily Calendar: Singing and Counting Days

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher sings a song with the students to help them learn the days of the week using a calendar. She guides the students through the practice of learning numbers and the pronunciations of days of the...
Fun Activity for Identifying Letters and Words

Fun Activity for Identifying Letters and Words

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses this activity to show students the difference between a word and a letter. In this activity the “hungry;” only likes to eat the “fish with words;” so the students...
Celebrating Student Success

Celebrating Student Success

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher recognizes the students’ hard work and she coaches them to be proud of their own success. Sometimes she will have all the students celebrate the hard work of a classmate. This builds their...
Structure of a Lesson

Structure of a Lesson

Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas, USA Every lesson has three specific parts: the introduction, the new information, and the...
Using a Song to Teach Any Subject

Using a Song to Teach Any Subject

Steve Elmore | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Uses music to teach with pattern and sequencing while encouraging memorization and movement. The lesson uses familiar elements from the children’s environment, which broadens their social knowledge about...
Using a Song to Learn Students’ Names

Using a Song to Learn Students’ Names

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This song helps the teacher and students learn and remember each other’s names. It can be used at the beginning of the school year and repeated until all the names have been learned. Read...
Classroom Cleanup Routine

Classroom Cleanup Routine

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This video shares 4 steps that can be used in setting a routine for cleaning up the classroom. The teacher gives students three “warnings;” about how much time is left before they need to...
Creating a Partnership with Parents

Creating a Partnership with Parents

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher describes how she builds positive relationships with parents by sharing expectations and guidelines at the beginning of the year. For example, she clearly defines a procedure for drop off...
Importance of Learning Students’ Names

Importance of Learning Students’ Names

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher talks about the importance of learning students’ names early in the year so they feel valued and secure. The students practice greeting and learning each other’s names. Read Transcript...
Teaching Strategies – Lowering Your Voice

Teaching Strategies – Lowering Your Voice

When several children are speaking at once, it can be tempting for teachers to raise their voices in order to be heard. In this video, preschool teacher Yotisse Williams describes an alternative strategy he uses to improve children’s listening skills and focus...
Establishing Routines: Daily Practice

Establishing Routines: Daily Practice

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher explains how establishing routines and procedures at the beginning of the year is critical for effective learning. For example, lining up is a procedure that is practiced many times until it...
Building Students’ Trust: Leaning Through Mistakes

Building Students’ Trust: Leaning Through Mistakes

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher explains how she creates a safe environment for students to ask questions and make mistakes. She uses the letter “L” to remind the students that they can turn their mistakes into...
Encouraging Good Manners

Encouraging Good Manners

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher coaches the students to practice their manners before receiving their snack. She encourages them to use “please” and “thank you”, and address her by her formal name....
Beginning of the Class Routine

Beginning of the Class Routine

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher provides stations for the students to play independently while she takes attendance and prepares. The students immediately begin learning after they enter the classroom. This also provides an...
Read Aloud: Acting Out Verbs

Read Aloud: Acting Out Verbs

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas During story time, the students actively participate in learning action verbs. This helps the students remember the meaning of the word through a physical...
Organizing the Classroom: Activity Centers

Organizing the Classroom: Activity Centers

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher describes how she organizes academically focused activity centers. She designates areas for activities like math, reading, writing, science, engineering, and technology. Read Transcript A center is...
Goodbye Song

Goodbye Song

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas At the end of the day, the teacher leads students in a goodbye song. This routine indicates that the day is over. It also helps students learn and remember the names of their classmates. Read Transcript...
Organizing Materials for a Lesson

Organizing Materials for a Lesson

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher gathers all the materials before the lesson begins so she doesn’t have to leave the students and they stay focused. Read Transcript Before you start your lesson, it’s important to have...
Having a Student Describe Today’s Weather

Having a Student Describe Today’s Weather

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson helps students learn about weather and seasons. A student chosen as the “meteorologist” looks out the window and uses picture cards to show the current weather. The cards depict various...
Helping Young Students Use Writing Tools

Helping Young Students Use Writing Tools

Kristin Freed | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This video explains the stages of how young children hold writing tools and how to help them. To write and draw well, children need to learn how to hold a crayon, pencil or pen with a three-finger grip. If a...
Demonstrating Solid, Liquid and Gas with Water

Demonstrating Solid, Liquid and Gas with Water

Sumita Ghosh | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher shows students a glass of water as an example of a liquid, some ice as an example of the solid form, and steam as an example of gas. Then she asks them to color in a sheet that shows these same...
Subtraction Stories with Beans

Subtraction Stories with Beans

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Here is one way to teach subtraction using simple story problems and small objects or “counters” like beans. The teacher tells some stories involving subtracting or “taking away” and uses beans...
Getting Students to Sing Solo: Clown Puppet Song

Getting Students to Sing Solo: Clown Puppet Song

Steve Elmore | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Here is a way to get each student to sing on their own so you can hear them. Young children can be shy or fearful about singing in front of others, but using a puppet can help overcome that. In this lesson,...
Art for the First Day of Kindergarten

Art for the First Day of Kindergarten

In this video, I will tell you all about what project I do, how I accomplish it, and how I use this first art project as an important assessment tool. Read Transcript Hi. It’s Jessica, with the Art of Education, and today I want to share with you a lesson that I do...
Structure of a Lesson

Structure of a Lesson

Richard Crowson | Wichita, Kansas, USA Every lesson has three specific parts: the introduction, the new information, and the...
Teaching the Underhand Throw with Rhymes

Teaching the Underhand Throw with Rhymes

Kathy Wagner | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this physical education lesson, the teacher uses simple rhymes to teach students how to throw a ball underhanded — also known as the “tick tock throw.” The students learn to hold the ball...
Introducing New Sight Words

Introducing New Sight Words

Tyla Ast | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, the teacher introduces five new sight words — words that have to be memorized because they don’t follow any particular rules for sounding out words. The teacher reads each sight word...
Sorting Objects by Size

Sorting Objects by Size

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This activity teaches students about sorting objects according to their relatives sizes: small, medium, and large. The teacher gives each student some objects of different sizes and the students sort them into the...
Teaching Fine Motor Skills: Winding Activity

Teaching Fine Motor Skills: Winding Activity

Kristin Freed | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, students do a winding activity that helps them develop fine motor skills. Students must focus and concentrate on using both hands together to complete the exercise. These skills create a base...
Using the Hungry Monster Game to Teach Rhyming Words

Using the Hungry Monster Game to Teach Rhyming Words

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas A rhyming lesson that uses objects and a pretend “monster.” The teacher says the monster wants to eat something, using a nonsense word that rhymes with one of the objects. The students then name the object...
Teaching a Concept Many Times, Different Ways

Teaching a Concept Many Times, Different Ways

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas When a teacher presents a concept or idea to students, she teaches it many times using different techniques and activities. Students like to learn in different ways and repetition helps reinforce the...
Teaching Counting On Fingers

Teaching Counting On Fingers

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher and students practice counting in sequence by using the ten fingers on their two hands. As the teacher puts up each finger the children count from 1 to 10. They can then partner with a...
Friendship and Sharing: Story and Art Activity

Friendship and Sharing: Story and Art Activity

Junilda Farner | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson about friendship uses a story and an interactive art project to help students learn about the importance of sharing. The story tells of a fish that learns to share its special shiny scales. The...
Subtracting: Bigger and Smaller Number

Subtracting: Bigger and Smaller Number

Cathy Gray | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This activity teaches children that in subtracting, you start with the bigger number and take away the smaller number. The students practice rolling dice and putting the numbers in the correct order for a...
Introducing History: Personal Timeline Activity

Introducing History: Personal Timeline Activity

Becky O’Hearn | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Here is one way to introduce young students to the idea of history. Each student creates a timeline of their own life, with help from parents, grandparents, or other family members. The teacher also...
Skip Counting by Twos

Skip Counting by Twos

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson the teachers demonstrates how to count by twos using a chart of numbers up to one hundred. The students learn to count by 2s from any number. Read Transcript Okay, boys and girls. Today...
Suminagashi Printing

Suminagashi Printing

Bethany Keefer | CityArts | Wichita, Kansas A visual arts lesson that teaches the students an ancient Japanese art style. The teacher begins by relating this art form as a cultural expression and asks the students if they see examples of cultural express at their own...
Rainbow Fish

Rainbow Fish

A visual art lesson where the teacher engages the students by reading them a story on sharing then has the students do a crafts activity to help drive the point home. The teacher begins by reading the story the rainbow fish and asks the students to think about sharing...
Touch Counting with Objects

Touch Counting with Objects

P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, students use objects, or counters, to practice touch counting. They roll a die and then lay out that number of discs. They then touch each disc as they count the number aloud. Read Transcript...
Getting Students’ Attention: Hands Up

Getting Students’ Attention: Hands Up

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas When getting students’ attention, the teacher announces, “hands up,” to the class. Students learn to stop what they are doing, put their hands in the air, and focus on what the teacher asks...
Helping Students Focus: The Wiggle Strategy

Helping Students Focus: The Wiggle Strategy

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This activity helps students release their extra energy so they can calm down and focus on the lesson. The teacher and students stand, stretch, and move around before sitting down again for the lesson. Read...
Police Officer Game

Police Officer Game

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This game teaches young students about the role of police officers as community helpers. The teacher selects one child to be the “officer,” and gives bits of information describing one of the...
Giving Students a Place to Calm Down

Giving Students a Place to Calm Down

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Sometimes students need a safe place to calm down and process their emotions. Creating an area in the classroom gives students a spot, away from the class, to think. The teacher can direct a student to sit...
Using Quiet Time to Help Students Recharge

Using Quiet Time to Help Students Recharge

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Including quiet time in the class-day gives students a chance to rest, relax, and recharge. Each student chooses an activity to do by themselves at an individual station. Read Transcript In my classroom, we...
Morning Routines: Daily Greeting

Morning Routines: Daily Greeting

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this video, a teacher discusses the morning routine she uses in her classroom. Each day, students find the rock with their name on it, wash their hands, and choose whether to greet their teacher with a hug,...
A Fun Song to Practice Counting

A Fun Song to Practice Counting

P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students sing a song about five monkeys and count along with their fingers. They go from five monkeys to zero monkeys as they sing, making sure the number of fingers they are holding up matches...
Involving Students in Learning to be a Good Citizen

Involving Students in Learning to be a Good Citizen

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students brainstorm a list of things they can do to be a good citizen. The students can also draw pictures or write sentences about items on the list. The teacher posts the list in the classroom and...
Ideas for Teaching Rhyming: Smiley Wiley

Ideas for Teaching Rhyming: Smiley Wiley

P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the students decide whether two words rhyme and use the characters of Smiley Wiley and Sad Sarah to indicate their choice of yes or no. Sometimes the teacher gives them two words and other...
Introducing Water as a Basic Need

Introducing Water as a Basic Need

Becky O’Hearn | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses a picture book to illustrate the different places where people find drinking water. Then the class discusses the importance of water and where they get their own water from. Read...
Developing Student Listening Skills

Developing Student Listening Skills

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This technique encourages students to pay attention using their whole body. Students know that they listen with their ears, but learn that other parts of their body are just as important when listening. Read...
Understanding and Practicing Voice Levels

Understanding and Practicing Voice Levels

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This technique helps a teacher communicate to students how loud or quiet their voices should be throughout the day. The numbers zero through 3 are used to indicate voice levels from total silence to loud. Read...
Sorting by Color Using Beads

Sorting by Color Using Beads

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This activity teaches students about sorting by showing them beads of different colors and asking how they might sort them. The students discuss and decide that they can be sorted by color. Then the students each sort...
Parts of the Body Rhyming Game with Students

Parts of the Body Rhyming Game with Students

Dana Barrientos | Harry Street Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, a teacher and students play a rhyming game called “Silly Simon Says.” The teacher says a nonsense word that rhymes with a part of the body, and the students say the name of the...
Ideas for Teaching Sight Words

Ideas for Teaching Sight Words

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson focuses on Sight Words, commonly used words that don’t follow typical grammar rules. These words can’t be sounded out and have to be memorized. The teacher uses songs, flashcards, and a...
Teaching Shapes with Paper Cutouts

Teaching Shapes with Paper Cutouts

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher introduces four basic shapes: rectangle, square, triangle, and circle. She uses paper cutouts to show and describe each shape. Then she asks students to find the shape somewhere in the...
Outdoor Game Using Observation and Senses

Outdoor Game Using Observation and Senses

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this game, students use their senses to explore outdoors. The teacher asks them to find objects with certain characteristics, such as smooth, small, rough, or crunchy. When students find things that...
Helping Students Follow Directions Through Song

Helping Students Follow Directions Through Song

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This fun song with hand motions is used to teach students how to follow instructions. It can also be used to prepare the students to transition from one activity to another. Read Transcript I like, in...
Using Objects to Teach Counting

Using Objects to Teach Counting

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses beans to demonstrate counting. As each bean is placed on the table, it is counted aloud. This shows the students the one to one relationship between the written number and the number of objects....
Ideas for Teaching Written Numbers and Counting

Ideas for Teaching Written Numbers and Counting

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher and students match written numbers to the number of beans counted. This shows the students how numbers relate to real things. Each day, the class writes and discusses one number, after...
Measurement: Comparing Length

Measurement: Comparing Length

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas A measurement lesson in which the teacher shows the students different sized pipe cleaners and has the students compare the sizes. Other objects could be used such as sticks or leaves. Read Transcript...
Teaching Magnetic Force: Bag Fishing

Teaching Magnetic Force: Bag Fishing

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas A game that teaches students about magnets and what is attracted to them and what is not. Using a “fishing pole” and a bag of items that include some metal items and some non-metal items, students learn that...
Putting Sounds Together to Make Words

Putting Sounds Together to Make Words

Angela Rusk | Colvin Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This lesson uses objects to teach children how to put sounds together to create a word. After reviewing a set of objects, the teacher slowly sounds out a word and asks the students to match it to one of the...
Introducing Letters and Sounds with Pictures

Introducing Letters and Sounds with Pictures

Susan Ensz | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Using letter and animal picture cards, the teacher shows one way to teach letters and the sounds they make. This helps children learn to sound out and read simple...
Teaching “Less, More, and Equal” Using a Graph

Teaching “Less, More, and Equal” Using a Graph

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Here is one way a teacher can practice the concepts of less, more, and equal with students. Using a “weather graph board” the class tracks the number of days that are sunny, cloudy, etc., the...
Parts of Speech: Introducing Verbs

Parts of Speech: Introducing Verbs

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, students are introduced to the concept of verbs as action words. The teacher uses picture cards and has the students act out the word on the...
Graphing With a Grid and Objects

Graphing With a Grid and Objects

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas A lesson that teaches students how to sort and graph using objects. The students can sort the objects by different characteristics and then graph them on paper. Read Transcript Hi. Today, I’m going to...
Parts of Speech: Introducing Nouns

Parts of Speech: Introducing Nouns

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this grammar lesson, the teacher introduces nouns using hand gestures and picture cards. The cards are then graphed to reinforce the categories and concept of nouns as people, animals, places, and...
Teaching Geography Using Circular Cutouts

Teaching Geography Using Circular Cutouts

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses a visual aid to guide discussion about geography. Students then answer questions where they compare the sizes of different places. Read Transcript Hi. This is one lesson I use to teach geography to my...
Using Objects to Introduce a New Song

Using Objects to Introduce a New Song

Steve Elmore | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas How to teach kids a new song or review an older song using visual aids and physical motions. Read Transcript A very good way to teach kids a new song, especially new, or to review one that you’ve done...
Teaching about Families Using a Scavenger Hunt

Teaching about Families Using a Scavenger Hunt

Junilda Farner | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This activity demonstrates one way to teach children about family and cultural differences. A list is sent home with each student who then works with their family to find the items. They bring these to class...
Moving from Counting Numbers to Writing Them

Moving from Counting Numbers to Writing Them

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students count a group of objects together, touching each one as they count aloud. The teacher then shows the written number that matches to the number of objects. Read Transcript Hi. I’m...
Understanding Zero: Cups and Beans

Understanding Zero: Cups and Beans

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This activity uses separate cups labeled 0 to 3 to introduce the concept of zero. The teacher adds beans in each cup that match the number on the cup. The students are asked questions about the number of beans in each...
Using Primary Colors to Create New Colors

Using Primary Colors to Create New Colors

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas A visual arts lesson where the teacher mixes the three primary colors to make completely new, secondary, colors. Read Transcript Hi, I’m going to talk to you about how I teach young children about the...
Engaging Students in Graphing

Engaging Students in Graphing

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas A graphing lesson where the students’ opinions are graphed on a whiteboard. The teacher has two cases filled with different materials and when the cases are shaken they make different sounds. She...
Teaching Social Skills: Being a Good Friend

Teaching Social Skills: Being a Good Friend

Becky O’Hearn | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson introduces the concept of friendship and how to be a good friend using a story. The teacher also asks the students questions about their own friendship skills. Read Transcript Hi! Today I...
Using Games and Art to Learn about Texture

Using Games and Art to Learn about Texture

Neva Thiessen | Wichita Art Museum | Wichita, Kansas A visual arts lesson that familiarizes the students with a variety of textures. The teacher uses visual aids and objects to teach students about differences in texture. Read Transcript I’m going to talk to you...
Practicing Adjectives Using the “I Spy” Game

Practicing Adjectives Using the “I Spy” Game

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The class practices using adjectives while playing the “I Spy” game. Students use adjectives related to an item’s color, shape, size, and kind to give clues during the...
Using Story Problems and Beans to Teach Addition

Using Story Problems and Beans to Teach Addition

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, the teacher uses objects and relatable stories to help convey the key concepts of adding to early childhood students. She then asks the students to count the beans so they have a physical example of how...
Story Structure: Beginning, Middle and End

Story Structure: Beginning, Middle and End

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this small group lesson, Heidi uses picture cards to show story structure. First she tells a story and points to the beginning, middle and end. Then students make up their own story and identify the...
Teaching Odd and Even Numbers Using Beads

Teaching Odd and Even Numbers Using Beads

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students use written numbers and glass beads to practice counting from 1-10. The teacher then introduces the concept of odd and even numbers and then reviews them with the class. Read...
Teaching Body Coordination with a Fun Song

Teaching Body Coordination with a Fun Song

Kristin Freed | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This fun “Grasshopper Song” helps young students develop coordination in making small movements with their mouths, and also helps them learn to coordinate larger physical movements with their...
Counting by Tens: Using Beads

Counting by Tens: Using Beads

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, the teacher uses written numbers and bead bars to demonstrate counting by tens. Students take turns placing the correct number of bars to represent 10, 20, 30 and so on until they reach 100....
Teaching Students to Write Their Names

Teaching Students to Write Their Names

Kristin Freed | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, children learn to write their names. The teacher reviews basic lines and shapes, demonstrating how they are combined to create the letters used to spell their...
Solving Subtraction Problems with Objects

Solving Subtraction Problems with Objects

Sumita Ghosh | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher shows students how to solve written subtraction problems by counting tiles or other small objects. The students also get practice writing the problems, using sheets with the...
Visual Aid for How to Write Letters

Visual Aid for How to Write Letters

Dana Barrientos | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses pre-made shapes to show how the lines of letter are written. In this example, she asks if the lines of the letter “y” are straight, and the students answer that they are...
Recognizing Written Numbers: Number Hunt Game

Recognizing Written Numbers: Number Hunt Game

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This game helps students learn and practice recognizing written numbers. The teacher holds up a number and has a student find that number somewhere in the classroom. If a student has trouble reading the...
Solving Addition Problems with Objects

Solving Addition Problems with Objects

Sumita Ghosh | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher shows students how to solve written addition problems by counting tiles or other small objects. The students also get practice writing the problems, using sheets with the addition...
Learning Numbers with a Fun Song

Learning Numbers with a Fun Song

Steve Elmore | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson the teacher uses a song to teach numbers, rhyming and moving to music. Read Transcript This is a, a song that we did for pirate day, and it just gets the kids kind of moving, but it also means...
Ideas for Teaching About Weather

Ideas for Teaching About Weather

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas A teacher can use a daily calendar chart and books to teach about weather. A student is selected to be the “meteorologist.” They look outside to see the weather, and then place pictures on the...
Making Observations by Touching Objects

Making Observations by Touching Objects

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, students learn how to make observations using their sense of touch. The teacher provides several objects for students to touch and hold, and they sort the objects according to whether they...
Working on Observation Using a Listening Game

Working on Observation Using a Listening Game

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas This activity teaches students how to make scientific observations with their sense of hearing. The teacher places objects in small boxes that will make different sounds when the box is shaken. The students...
Using Paint to Teach Colors and Observation

Using Paint to Teach Colors and Observation

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, the teacher uses watercolor paint to teach students about observing colors with their sense of sight. They also observe colors in their classroom and...
Teaching How to Play an Instrument: Xylophone

Teaching How to Play an Instrument: Xylophone

Steve Elmore | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson shows how a teacher teaches students to play a simple song on the xylophone. Using a song the students already know and have sung many times, the teacher explains and demonstrates how to play it,...
Teaching the Months of the Year Through Song

Teaching the Months of the Year Through Song

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas A song that can be used to teach students the months of the year. The teacher points at each month on a chart as they sing the song. Students clap on the current month. The teacher can also use the chart to...
Helping Students Identify Needs and Wants

Helping Students Identify Needs and Wants

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher involves the students in brainstorming needs and wants using a T-chart. The students then draw pictures of needs and wants on their own and share with the class. Read Transcript Hi, today...
Ideas for Teaching About Different Types of Lines

Ideas for Teaching About Different Types of Lines

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas This lesson includes several ways that young students can be taught about types of lines: straight, curvy, zig-zag, etc. Ideas include drawing lines in the air with their finger, using a pipe cleaner or other...
Recognizing Rhyming Words: Thumbs Up or Down

Recognizing Rhyming Words: Thumbs Up or Down

Dana Barrientos | Harry Street Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This activity helps students learn to recognize whether words rhyme or not. The teacher reads pairs of words, and the students show a “thumbs up” if the words rhyme or a “thumbs down”...
Water Activity: Exploring and Observing

Water Activity: Exploring and Observing

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher sets up an “Observation Station” for students to play, explore and discover the properties of water. They also learn vocabulary such as “float” and...
Teaching Letter Sounds with Singing and Movement

Teaching Letter Sounds with Singing and Movement

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Here is a fun, active way to teach letter sounds. The teacher leads students in learning the sounds the letter “C” makes using song, a rhythmic chant, body motions, and saying the sounds in...
Parts of Speech: Making Sentences

Parts of Speech: Making Sentences

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson focuses on teaching students to build simple sentences. Students use flashcards with nouns, adjectives, and verbs to create a silly sentence and practice proper word...
Using a Story to Involve Students in Music

Using a Story to Involve Students in Music

Steve Elmore | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This activity introduces children to classical music through movement and stories. Read Transcript This is an activity to, “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Grieg. It’s a way to introduce...
Teaching Rhyming Skills Using the Mystery Bag Game

Teaching Rhyming Skills Using the Mystery Bag Game

Angela Rusk | Colvin Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This lesson uses a game to teach rhyming skills. The teacher pulls an item out of their mystery bag and, after repeating the word for the object, has students create real or nonsense words that rhyme with...
Embedding Culture in Teaching and Learning

Embedding Culture in Teaching and Learning

Watch how Indigenous early childhood educators provide young children with experiences and ways of learning that share cultural knowledge. Visit the Foundations for Success website: http://www.foundationsforsuccess.qld.edu.au/resources to see their guidelines for...
Mathematical Development in Young Children – Geometry

Mathematical Development in Young Children – Geometry

This video describes children’s experience with shapes in their environment and their ability to recognize, name and describe a shape’s attributes. This video is part of a series describing children’s early mathematical development and showing how professionals...
Mathematical Development in Young Children – Data

Mathematical Development in Young Children – Data

This video describes children’s ability to collect, observe and compare data. Working with data offers children interesting opportunities to gather information to find an answer to a question. This video is part of a series describing children’s early...
Mathematical Development in Young Children: Comparison

Mathematical Development in Young Children: Comparison

This video describes children’s ability to compare two groups and notice if one has more or less. It also provides examples of how early childhood professionals can both explicitly teach this skill and support its development through daily routines and play. This...
Mathematical Development in Young Children: Cardinality

Mathematical Development in Young Children: Cardinality

This video describes children’s recognition of total quantity (cardinality). It also provides examples of how early childhood professionals can both explicitly teach this skill and support its development through daily routines and play. This video is part of a series...
Mathematical Development in Young Children: Counting

Mathematical Development in Young Children: Counting

This video describes children’s understanding of quantity and their development of counting skills from rote to purposeful. It also provides examples of how early childhood professionals can both explicitly teach this skill and support its development through daily...
Rhyming Introduction & Practice

Rhyming Introduction & Practice

P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This simple chant activity and a copycat game can help reinforce rhyming knowledge and get the entire class involved together. Read transcript Rhyming is very, very important because that’s a skill where...
Stating Behavioral Expectations

Stating Behavioral Expectations

This in-service suite shows how to create expectations for classroom behavior that preschool children can learn. It is part of a series of 15-minute in-service suites on Engaging Interactions and Environments. More information is available at...
Creating Classroom Rules

Creating Classroom Rules

This video describes five steps teachers can follow to generate meaningful classroom rules and teach them to children. Read Transcript Narrator: Welcome, in this short video, we will highlight the importance of creating and using classroom rules. We will also provide...
Which Holds More?

Which Holds More?

This video demonstrates an activity for teaching capacity in kindergarten and preschool. Students look at two containers and try to determine which one would hold more liquid. One of the goals in this lesson is to get young students thinking about precise ways to...
Ideas for Outdoor Active Play

Ideas for Outdoor Active Play

This video features activities that can be done with young children outside and focuses on ways to practice balance and stay active. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Make sure to ALWAYS use discretion when deciding appropriate actives and supervise your...
Activity: Observing Opposites in Nature

Activity: Observing Opposites in Nature

This lesson, also called Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other, engages students in using their senses and observations to identify and classify objects in the garden classroom. It also introduces language arts and the concept of opposites. Find this and hundreds more...
Needs Versus Wants

Needs Versus Wants

An important money skill to teach children is the difference between needs and wants. But for children, that can be tricky. Put simply, a need is something you must have to survive, like food, water and a home. A want is something that’s nice to have, but you...
Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline

One of the most important things about discipline is that it has to be consistent. Read Transcript Hello, my name is Tiffany Overton, and I am the founding partner of Eldridge-Overton Educational Programs. Toda I’m going to talk about various methods you can use to...
Ideas for Teaching Food Groups

Ideas for Teaching Food Groups

An idea for teaching the five food groups to first graders includes engaging students in a sorting activity. Expert: Miriam Cook Bio: Miriam Cook is a certified Family and Consumer Science teacher and freelance writer who has taught children from preschool to high...
Creating Classroom Rules with Children

Creating Classroom Rules with Children

Dr. Kathryn Castle explains how engaging children in thinking and talking about rules make them more likely to understand and follow rules, and learn self-regulation. This interview appears in Guiding Young Children’s Behavior, which can be viewed at...
Teaching Nutrition at Mealtime

Teaching Nutrition at Mealtime

This video features all the topics that can be taught while sharing a meal together. The teacher and students discuss the taste, texture, and color of the food as well as nutritional benefits and portion size. See more videos about teaching childhood nutrition at:...
Teaching Opposites through Music and Movement

Teaching Opposites through Music and Movement

This fun sing-along song combines singing and movement and helps students learn about opposites. Read Transcript Class: “Open, shut them, open, shut them. Give a little clap, clap, clap. Open, shut them, open, shut them. Put them in your lap, lap, lap. Big then small,...
Ideas for Making a Timeline

Ideas for Making a Timeline

Making timelines is a great way to help students track their progress as they advance through the school year. Get ideas on making timelines for both the classroom and individual students in this video. Expert: Steve Brostowitz Bio: Steve Brostowitz teaches...
Sponge Printing for Kindergarten

Sponge Printing for Kindergarten

Sponge printing for kindergarten art activities will require tempura paints and a few other choice items. Learn about sponge printing for kindergarten art activities with help from an artist and educator in this free video clip. Expert: Samantha Kelly Read Transcript...
Kindergarten Games on Sounding Out Words

Kindergarten Games on Sounding Out Words

Kindergarten games on sounding out words are a great way to start developing a sense of grammar within those students. Find out about kindergarten games on sounding out words with help from a professional educator in this video. Steve Brostowitz teaches kindergarten...
The Fine Art of Flower Pounding

The Fine Art of Flower Pounding

Learn how to make a flower-print bookmark out of flowers and plants you find in your garden. Read Transcript Hi. I’m John Fisher from the Life Lab Garden Classroom, and today I’m going to share an activity from: “the book of Gardening Projects for kids,” called the...
A Game for Counting Syllables

A Game for Counting Syllables

A syllable is “how many beats are in a word.” The teacher and students use motions and their whole bodies to figure out how many syllables are in a word. As they go through the exercise, the students count syllables without the teacher’s help, and...
Word Family Blending

Word Family Blending

Blending onset and rime using several different gestures, songs, and chants. Note- letter displacement and word manipulation is being done predominantly in small group based on Words Their Way. I keep these questions fairly lower-level for whole group fast-paced...
Ideas for Investigating Nature

Ideas for Investigating Nature

This video shares many ideas for how preschool children can engage in learning activities while investigating insects, worms, gardening, and other aspects of nature. Read more about the Investigations curriculum used by the Center for Early Childhood Education at...
Incorporating Motor Play in the Preschool Classroom

Incorporating Motor Play in the Preschool Classroom

Active play promotes children’s learning. Research has shown that children are much more attentive right after they have engaged in active motor play. In addition, children learn through movement. Adults can integrate movement into daily routines and planned...
Planting Fast-growing Seeds

Planting Fast-growing Seeds

Planting fast-growing seeds is a great activity for preschoolers. Tessa Giordano, longtime director of a successful nationally accredited early childhood program, discusses options for planting seeds that produce quick, easy to see results. More information at:...
How to Know Each Child in a Preschool Classroom

How to Know Each Child in a Preschool Classroom

Getting to know every student in your class can be difficult, especially if that class is large. Learn how to know each individual child in a preschool classroom with help from Tressa Giordano, longtime director of a successful nationally accredited early childhood...
Primary Music Lesson: The Rhythm Game

Primary Music Lesson: The Rhythm Game

Mark Taylor, director of Rhythmically Speaking, prepares a primary school class for Samba ensemble work with a simple rhythm game. Read Transcript Listening, understanding, and responding to what is said is crucial to a child’s success in school. Songs that give...
How to Communicate Effectively with Parents

How to Communicate Effectively with Parents

Discussing concerns about a child’s development or behavior can be difficult. This video will present tips for communicating with families. Read Transcript Hello, and Welcome to Included Together Instructional Video Series. I’m your host, Rebecca Tolan. In this...
Integrating Music & Movement with Literacy

Integrating Music & Movement with Literacy

This video discusses the benefits of music and movement for young children. Songs that feature actions and parts of the body not only help children learn left and right and develop fine motor skills, but also promote literacy...
Animals

Animals

In this lessons the students learn about animals by looking at images, feeling figures of animals, and making animal...
Who’s That Community Helper?

Who’s That Community Helper?

Students learn about community helpers in this fun interactive game. They also build a variety of language and literacy skills as they discuss the identity of other students who are dressed up as community helpers. Read Transcript Teacher: “Some people are dressed up...
Exploring Compound Words

Exploring Compound Words

By analyzing compound words and their roots, students discover a strategy for understanding new vocabulary and improving their spelling. In this lesson, the students practice combining two short words into a new, longer, single word. For more information go to full...
Shape Boxes: Learning to Spell Sight Words

Shape Boxes: Learning to Spell Sight Words

To help students learn sight words, the teacher has them breakdown words into tall and short letters, and count the number of letters in each word. Then, she uses shape boxes to help children visualize the words. She also focuses on a small number of sight words each...
Activity about the Five Senses

Activity about the Five Senses

Students review the five senses with pictures then move to an activity where they identify and describe objects using their five senses. This is also good practice for developing strong beginning descriptive language skills. For more information and full lesson plan...
Active Play: 3 to 5 years

Active Play: 3 to 5 years

Head, shoulders, knees & toes – Warms up the body and increases body and movement awareness Lily pad jumping – Improves jumping skills Obstacle course – Improves climbing ability, co-ordination and balance skills Skittles – Develops...
Active Play: 2 to 3 years

Active Play: 2 to 3 years

Warm up – Prepares the body for movement Obstacle course – Improves climbing ability, co-ordination and balance skills Catching balls – Develops hand/eye co-ordination Target throwing – develops ability to release and throw a ball in...
How to Teach the Alphabet

How to Teach the Alphabet

Being able to name the letters in the alphabet is one of the critical predictors of reading success. Most people like to start with the alphabet song, but there are several different activities that you can use to teach your child the alphabet. I always like to use...
Preschool Song for Circle Time

Preschool Song for Circle Time

This song is a super circle time addition to increase body and senses awareness, as well as greetings and participation. I hear with my ears and I smell with my nose. I taste with my tongue feel with fingers and toes. I see with my two eyes a very nice you. You-hoo,...
Outdoor Activity: Nature Color Hunt

Outdoor Activity: Nature Color Hunt

Explore nature by matching up different color shades with objects in the outdoors. Children get physical exercise, practice motor skills, explore outside, and learn about colors. You can play indoors on a rainy day. Read Transcript Nature color hunt an activity...
Science Activity: Making a Grass Man

Science Activity: Making a Grass Man

In this science activity, preschool students plant and grow grass seeds in a can. Students create faces on their cans and observe the seeds as they grow. The grass eventually becomes the hair of their “grass man.” Find more preschool science activities at:...
Making Torn Paper Collage Art

Making Torn Paper Collage Art

Collage Art for Kids —————————– In this lesson, the teacher uses papers she has carefully torn to create a beautiful and harmonious collage of vertical shapes. She demonstrates how to select and position...
Whole Brain Teaching: Kindergarten, “Class Rules”

Whole Brain Teaching: Kindergarten, “Class Rules”

Watch veteran Whole Brain Teacher Andrea Schindler demonstrate a variety of lively teaching techniques while reviewing classroom rules. For 100s of pages of free downloads, go to WholeBrainTeaching.com Read Transcript Teacher: “Class.” Class: “Yes.” Teacher: “Hands in...