Teach the Golden Rule with Otters

My book for you is…. ‘Do Unto Otters’ by Laurie Keller is one of my all-time favorite back-to-school books!  It is perfect for helping to create a caring, empathetic classroom. It’s a delightful story of Mr. Rabbit, who worried (perhaps terrified) about his new neighbors who just moved into his woods – the otters!  Fortunately he has a wise owl…

5 Effective Strategies for Mastering Multiplication Facts

Research shows that students who learn to use these mental math strategies actually memorize the multiplication and division facts faster than those who do not. These nine flip books were designed to give students an interactive, fun way to practice mental math strategies for multiplication facts.  They make differentiating your instruction easy because there is a flip book for each…

Teach Character with Fables

Do you have a challenge fitting character education into your busy days?  I know I always did! We know how important it is… and want to do it… But how?.. ..with reward tags, book marks, and fables! Reward Tags Reward tags are a great way to introduce and reinforce positive character qualities one by one.  The pictures in each circle…

Strategies that Increase Math Fact Fluency

What is Math Fact Fluency? Math fact fluency is the ability to quickly recall the answers to basic math facts automatically – without hesitation. Why is Math Fact Fluency Important? So WHY do we need to help our students become fluent in basic math facts? Math facts fluency leads to higher order mathematics.  Through automaticity students free up their working memory and…


My name is Peggy Means. I am a child of God and a retired elementary teacher. I loved teaching and creating engaging resources for my students. Now, I love sharing my resources and ideas with busy teachers around the world.

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