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Get out! 3 ways to take language learning outside of the classroom

This week is national Take a Child Outside Week, and since the good weather of summer is winding down into cooler autumn days, now's a great time to get your kids outside as much as possible. Here are three easy ways you can take language learning activities out of the classroom and into the great outdoors:
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Classroom activities for National Poetry Month

If your students tend to moan and groan when they hear the word “poetry,” we’ve got some good news: poetry doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, learning about (and writing) poetry can be a lot of fun for your students—especially your struggling readers. So to help you celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re sharing our best ideas for bringing poetry into the classroom.
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Presidents' Day resources

Happy Presidents' Day, everyone! We hope you are enjoying a lovely day off. And just in case you're doing a little work over your holiday weekend, here are a few Presidents' Day resources to help you plan fun lessons about our nation's presidents, monuments, first pets, and more: White House 101--Facts and Fun for All Ages Presidents' Day Quiz Historical Figures Puzzle Presidents' Day Writing Activities Do you already have plans for celebrating Presidents' Day in your classroom? If so, what are they?
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School name-calling: 15 tips for eliminating bullying

No sticks. No stones. No dissing. That’s the motto for No Name-Calling Week, a project inspired by The Misfits, a young adult novel written by popular author James Howe. The book tells the story of four friends who grow tired of being constantly teased in middle school and decide to run for student council on a no name-calling platform. Inspired by this idea, GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing created the No Name-Calling Week Coalition, which now consists of over 50 national partnering organizations. In March 2004, the coalition organized the first No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation. Since then the project has gained thousands of supporters who believe in its cause, which is to end name-calling of all kinds and provide schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities. As someone who has seen close family members suffer from the effects of bullying, I was thrilled to learn about this project and how I can participate. While it originally began in middle schools, the NNCW project has since been extended from kindergarten through twelfth grade because all students can benefit from learning how to be more understanding of one another and how to address name-calling and bullying. Would you and your students like to participate in this powerful project? Here are 15 ways you can make the eighth annual No Name-Calling Week meaningful in your school or classroom:
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Activities to keep your students focused during the holiday season

December is an exciting month filled with holidays, treats, and gifts. But with all of that excitement in the air, you may find it difficult to hold your students’ attention for long—especially as it gets closer to winter break. At Imagine Learning, we’ve put our heads together to come up with some great ideas to help you keep your students focused during the holiday season.  Here are some of our favorites:
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