Thankful for Educators Everywhere

It’s Thanksgiving in the USA, a time when we ask ourselves what we’re thankful for. It may sound trite, but it’s heartfelt… we’re thankful for educators everywhere. Can you imagine where we’d be without you?? Every day you wage war against our lesser proclivities and, despite how it feels when you scroll through your news feed, you almost always win! So as we near Turkey Day, please know that we give thanks that you are fighting each day to make this world a better place. ♥ Here are some free TeacherMade activities that you can share with your teachers and students as the holiday approaches. It’s always handy to have some extra “ammo” as focus wanes…      ELA/SS: Thanksgiving Day Description: Students will read all about the Thanksgiving holiday in this brief passage. They will then answer a variety of question types to assess their comprehension. Grade: Grades 3-5  Item Types: Multiple Choice, Checkbox, True/False Link: Thanksgiving Day ELA: Thanksgiving Cloze Description: Have your students review the parts of speech by completing this Thanksgiving MadLibs! Students will fill in the blanks with the correct part of speech to make a gratitude writing. After they will answer two open answer

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Turning Text into Educational Videos with AI-Powered Tools

In this post, we’re looking at AI tools that let you turn text into videos. In some cases, it will even write the text for you! We all know that it’s challenging to keep students engaged in an increasingly digital world. Using videos more often is one way to capture their attention.    Exploring AI Video Creation Tools for Educators AI-powered video creation platforms are a game-changer for teachers– and there are a lot of tools to choose from.    Each AI video creation platform offers unique features that can aid in different aspects of teaching. Here’s a rundown of some of the best tools out there. Simpleshow makes video creation as simple as typing out a lesson plan. Its AI-driven interface helps educators create animated videos that explain complex concepts in simple terms. Whether it’s a tricky math problem or a historical event, simpleshow can help you break it down into easily digestible visuals. Richard Byrne did a an in-depth video on how works using the free version. Click to watch him in action.   Animaker Animaker is a user-friendly platform that empowers teachers to create animated videos effortlessly. Its robust library of animations, stock footage,

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A Fun and SAFE Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and while it’s a time of spooky fun and sweet treats, it’s also essential to prioritize safety. Here are some top safety tips you can share with your students.     >>>>Why not turn these tips into a Kahoot game?– Let Richard Byrne show you how in his “Fun and Safe Halloween” video: Plan Your Route: Encourage students to plan their trick-or-treating route ahead of time. This can help parents and guardians know where they’ll be. Stay in Groups: There’s safety in numbers. Remind students to go trick-or-treating with friends or family and stick together. Bright and Reflective Costumes: While dark and spooky costumes are popular, they can be hard to see at night. Encourage students to choose bright costumes or add reflective tape to make them more visible. Check the Candy: Before eating any candy, it should be checked by an adult for any tampering or potential allergens. Remind students never to eat homemade treats from strangers. Use Safe Walking Practices: Always use sidewalks and crosswalks. Look both ways before crossing the street and remind students to make eye contact with drivers before crossing. Carry a Flashlight: Not only does this help kids see

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Thank You Readers for 16 Amazing Years!