This Free Smithsonian Science Activity Guide Helps Families Cope With COVID-19

Brought to you by Carolina Biological Learn more about Smithsonian Science Programs for students in grades K-8. More As we return to learning in the fall, families continue to experience a great deal of uncertainty. Their lives were turned upside down as a result of the pandemic, and they’re looking …

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Is it Time to Rethink The School Calendar?

Does the school calendar in the United States need an overhaul? Some say it does, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers, parents, and students were left scrambling to figure out how to end the last school year (with most relying on distance learning) and then fell into the …

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31 Perfect Back-to-School Read Alouds

We all know that the first weeks of school with our students can truly set the stage for the entire year. Read-aloud books are a great way to encourage class discussions, teach students to feel comfortable sharing, and help you and your students establish which values will define your class’s …

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Should Teachers Be Allowed to Wear Scrubs?

Some of us are going to be teaching online this year, so we’re prepping our work spaces and collecting practical tips. But others are going back to school buildings—and although we’re eager to see our kids, the health risks can feel overwhelming. While schools strategize about disinfecting and distancing, we’re …

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25 Silly First Grade Jokes to Start The Day

First graders are so joyful and excited, but even their energy can dip from time to time. Gearing up for school every day can be tough sometimes (don’t we know it!), but finding a lighthearted way to set the tone is absolutely worth it! You might not win any comedy …

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