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Therapy and Assistance/Service Dogs

With great accuracy, a well-known adage tells us that, “Dogs are man’s best friend.” This old saying could easily be extrapolated to include women and children too. The truth is that many people are convinced that these four-pawed creatures are the kind of friends who can promote amazing changes and, in some cases, even work […]

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Positive Relationships

Let’s face it, most children would much rather play with their friends than do long division. Who can blame them? Learning division will benefit students in the future, but friends are fun to be with in the present. A young child’s selection of friends can be a good indicator of their peer group as they […]

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Dollars and Sense: Teaching Money

While elementary school students may have years before they are faced with decisions about credit cards and mortgages, it is essential that they have a solid foundation for future economic learning. Teach the meaning of money in the lower grades, including recognizing coins and bills and counting money, and teach skills such as saving and […]

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Winter Storms and the Weather Maps That Depict Them

The winter climate is upon us, and much of the nation has already experienced some degree of winter weather. Winter weather creates an ideal teachable moment… From Nor’easters impacting the Eastern seaboard from the Carolinas to Maine (and the Canadian Maritime provinces) to blizzards sweeping across the Great Plains and Midwest, our nation experiences more […]

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Remembering D-Day

June 6th, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, a pivotal point in World War II. Due to its massive scale and success, this operation also stands as one of the most extraordinary accomplishments in military history. Between paratroopers, glider-borne troops, and soldiers traveling by ship, Allied forces shuttled over 155,000 […]

Elementary Art: Balance and Symmetry

Invite kids to explore the basic principles of balance and symmetry in art utilizing the rich content of the Internet. Students will learn how to see various art forms in a new way as they gain an understanding of balance and symmetry. Balance Begin this lesson with a class discussion. Ask your students about the […]

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The Cuban Missile Crisis

For thirteen days in October 1962, the world waited while two super powers, the United States and the Soviet Union, challenged each other over nuclear weapons on the island of Cuba. After World War II, the world experienced a new war: the Cold War. On one side sat the United States and her North Atlantic […]

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Celebrating Winter Holidays around the World (Wide Web)

Winter is upon us (well, even though temperatures outside in many areas dip in to the teens, technically the winter solstice does not begin until December 21).  So with winter almost here, children of all ages (and that includes high school students) are eager and excited for the winter holidays. Are you looking to hit […]

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Winter Solstice

This time of year, it is hard to ignore the fact that our days have been getting shorter, while our nights have lengthened. The brevity of our days serves to remind us that the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, is just around the corner. The exact moment of the winter solstice will […]

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Preparing for Winter: Where Are the Animals?

As winter approaches, your students may notice that they see fewer and fewer animals and the animals they see may behave or look different than they did in the fall. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss how animals, and human beings, adapt to their environment in order to ensure their survival. In this lesson, […]

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