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Sunday, September 14 is Grandparents Day, one of the first holidays of the new school year. With all the work to be done at the start of classes, have you had an opportunity to plan your celebration yet? If not, don't panic! We have Ten Great Activities for Grandparents Day for you to choose from.
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Twenty-Five Back-to-School Resources Theres no better time than now to look back at some of the best back-to-school articles from the Education World archives.

Regina Barecca on Coping With Parental (Over)Involvement Im hearing from teachers that its as if kids today come to school with home strapped to their backs -- or, perhaps more accurately, strapped to their ankles like house arrest bands.

Designer Homework One teacher discovered a unique way to add interest to homework assignments and get parents involved. Kids say the technique allows them to be creative and teaches them responsibility.

Competition Could you be an ed tech leader of the year?"

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Ask Dr. Shore
About Adjusting to Kindergarten
My five-year-old daughter is starting kindergarten this year. What can I do to make the transition as easy as possible?

Dr. Fred Jones "Bell Work" is the work students are doing when the opening bell rings. It's the work that separates the world of the classroom from the world of play. It's the work that provides purpose to the process of "settling in."

Max Fischer When class size increases, acting as the sage on stage" is a default strategy many educators fall back on. It takes a conscious effort to remember that being a "guide on the side" has a very powerful impact on learning.

Ms. Powells Tips for Organizing Your Classroom Use a portfolio/organizer notebook to organize papers for committees and meetings.

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Whats Your Angle? Test students' knowledge of angles with this clever puzzle.

A Math Toolbox in Every Home As teachers, we know the value of hands-on exploration with math manipulatives. Extend that sense of discovery into students homes by helping them assemble math toolboxes to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Math Mnemonics Roman Numerals for 1, 5, and 10.

Make Puzzles Part of Your Game Plan Many Internet sites offer puzzles, riddles, word games, and other games to stimulate fun and learning. Check out a few of them and find tips for integrating puzzles and games into the curriculum.

From the Math Machine Mission: Magnetite Students crack a "code" and match a percentage with its fractional and pictorial equivalents. (Grades 3-5)

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The Spelling Ace When a fifth grader has an unusual event with alphabet soup, he becomes a "spelling ace." But is his "spelling spell" a blessing or a curse?

Turning Reading into an Active Experience Centering reading around student interest, motivation, and self-concept is how we give every student a reason to read.

Literature Circles Build Excitement for Books Two experts in the field offer insights and advice about using literature circles.

The Reading-Ready Classroom To instill in students an awareness of the importance of reading, your classroom must provide an environment in which reading is clearly valued.

Students Put Together a Book of Their Best Writing Glori Chaika provides complete instructions for developing and creating your own "Best of" collection.

The Anne Frank Wall Jim DeLongs "Anne Frank Wall" celebrates the written word.

Writing Lesson #1 Celebrate Grandparents Day with this fun comparison writing activity. (Grades K-8)

Writing Lesson #2 Invite a news reporter to visit class; write a news report about the visit. (Grades 3-12)

Writing Bug #1 What is the best advice you have ever received?

Writing Bug #2 If you could give one friend a very special gift