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How To Make Multiplication Tables Fun

Learning multiplication tables can be a challenge for children who struggle to grasp these concepts quickly. Luckily, kids are more likely to pick up math-fact skills by playing games that test their knowledge rather than by simply doing math homework. Here are 5 fun ways to help kids memorize times tables:   Play Bottle Cap Multiplication Write the times table equation on the top of a bottle cap and write the answer on the inside of the cap. Once the child answers the question correctly he or she can turn the bottle cap over. Time your child and see how quickly they can flip all the caps over! (Alternately, see how many caps they can flip over within an allotted time).
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How to write a limerick

St. Patrick's Day is almost here! To get your students in the Irish spirit, here's a fun little song about writing limericks featuring Nick from the Imagine Learning software. Nick's song makes a perfect lesson plan to teach your students about writing limericks (the lyrics are below for your reference). [jwplayer config="16x9" file="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-rN3DGMCsE&feature=channel_video_title" image="/sites/institutional/files/blog/2013/03/Limerick-song.png"] OR watch the video on YouTube here. And to get you in the Irish spirit, we'd like to have you participate in our annual limerick contest! Write your own limerick in the comments section below. Prizes will be awarded by our judges to the top three limericks: 1st prize: a $25 Amazon gift card 2nd prize: a Booster bobblehead 3rd prize: a talking Mike the Microphone plush toy We'll accept submissions through end-of-day Monday, March 18th. Special consideration will be given to limericks with an educational flavor, and also to student submissions. Check back often to see the entries—and who won! Good luck (o' the Irish) to everyone! LIMERICK SONG LYRICS Hello! How are you? I’m Nick. Here to teach you a fun little trick. To have a good time when writing a rhyme try writing your own limerick! There are limericks of all different kinds. So how do you write one that shines? You’ll see that it’s cool if you follow the rule: a limerick is made of five lines. So listen close to this song. Lines one, two and five are all long. And in poems of this sort make lines three and four short and I promise you’ll never go wrong. You need to be sure and contrive to rhyme lines one, two, and five Then do it once more with lines three and four and your limerick surely will thrive! So let these pointers take hold And if you’ll write as you were told at the rainbow’s end you’ll find there my friend your own limerick pot o' gold!  
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Day 9: Interactive glossaries

Over the first 12 days of December, we're going to give you 12 reasons why Imagine Learning version 12 is such a groundbreaking release.
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When I grow up

Christian is a student at Noralto elementary school in northern California. He dreams of becoming a scientist. He also has autism. And with that, he has to navigate through a few obstacles that can disrupt his learning technique. But with Imagine Learning, he's learning how to learn, and in the process—raising the bar and scoring better on tests. 
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Limited-English proficiency is growing—especially here in the U.S.

Even though English is the most widely spoken language in the United States, growing populations with limited-English-language skills are presenting challenges—and opportunities—for educators everywhere.
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