with crafts, fashion and DIY projects but did you
know that it has become teachers' best kept secret? In a previous life, I
taught elementary school in a low-income neighborhood and unfortunately, the
budget for classroom resources was non-existent. It was my responsibility
to purchase and create any resources that were utilized by my students. Initially,
this was a daunting thought but after exploring the internet for hours, I
stumbled upon Pinterest
. Maybe I was a bit behind the times but
previously, I had had very little experience with this online vision board
website. After a few quick searches for topics like Common Core, reading
comprehension and problem solving activities, I realized that Pinterest
the answer to all of my questions.
of Pinterest is that it is a compilation of thousands of teacher resources from
around the world. Every teacher has their own style and their own areas
of expertise and by sharing resources, you are not only bettering yourself as a
professional but also, you could stumble across the activity, worksheet, song,
video, etc that you've desperately been needing. Personally, I utilized
Pinterest to create centers and guiding reading activities. Activities
that students could work on individually, in pairs or in small groups.
Additionally, it became my go-to when looking for activities to help my
students that were either below or above grade level. So how does all of
this relate to you as a parent? That's easy; just like a teacher, you too
can utilize these resources to help your child succeed. Maybe your son or
daughter needs remediation in math or maybe your child is performing above
grade level and you are looking for enrichment activities. Any and all of
these things are right at your fingertips.
Below are a
couple of my favorite pins:
1. State Capital
: I loved this video for several reasons. First off, it
was a great visual representation of the states because it provided pictures of
what made each state special. The song lyrics were not only catchy but
also appealed to my students, who were auditory learners. They enjoyed
the beat and without realizing it quickly found themselves singing along and
learning their state capitals.
2. Problem Solving Work Mat
: This resource seems
really simple and straightforward but it was really helpful with my struggling
math students. It helped them verbalize the steps of the problem solving
process and visualize what they needed to do next. For students that were
still in the concrete stage, I would use manipulative to model the problems
and have them record each step on their mat.
3. Oreo Phases of the Moon
: Not only was this a
great visual representation of the moon's phases but also it was a great snack
4. Paint Chip Contractions
: I loved this resource
because it visually represented what happens when you make a contraction.
Students were able to manipulate the paint chips and see how the two
words become one and vice versa. Plus, this resource is FREE. You just go
down to your local hardware store and pick up some paint chips and then write
on them. Viola! Instant reading resource.
To say that I love this website is an understatement. It was my job to
develop our English and Language Arts lesson plans and these mainly were
related to parts of speech. As you can probably guess, the parts of
speech are not very interesting to 8 year olds...well that was until I found
Grammarpolis! My students loved the videos and the action verb video was their
So next time
you need a good rainy day project, a remediation or enrichment activity, or
ideas on how to help your child stay on track during the summer, check out Pinterest.
I promise, you'll be hooked!