How to Hatch Chicks in the Classroom 101

Hatching chicks in the classroom is probably my favorite activity every year! Not only is it a wonderful hands-on life science lesson, hatching chicks in the classroom also creates the perfect stage for you to teach concepts across the curriculum because your students are so engaged! You can use this engagement for teaching content standards in science, math, reading, writing…

Butterfly House

This is a beautiful, heart-warming story of a girl who rescues a caterpillar and how she and her grandfather build a butterfly house to care for it.  This is one of those rare treasures (like so many of Eve Bunting’s books) that I read every. single. year!   I use this story during my butterfly unit.  It has the perfect…

How to Catch a Leprechaun

Are you looking for a way to ignite some excitement about reading and writing this month?  If so I have the perfect activity for you and your kiddos!  You will start with a story and end with some great informational writing.  A story can capture student’s imaginations and spark their interest in what you you are wanting to teach them….

How to Write a Rosa Parks Poem

Are you looking for a writing resource for Black History Month in February? I’ve got you covered! I love launching lessons with a story! So we are going to start with a story…..and read on to what we will end with! Your students will read and reflect on the life of Rosa Parks and then create a cinquain poem to give…

How to Use Partners in Your Classroom

This is an engaging cooperative learning structure where two students work together on a learning task.  Students enjoy this alternative to working alone and it will truly help them ‘flourish’ in their learning! There are many benefits to using partners in your classroom.  According to the research by Johnson & Johnson (1989), cooperation, compared with competitive and individualist efforts, usually…


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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