Hannah Braun is a former teacher with 8 years of experience in the classroom and a master's degree in early childhood education. She designs engaging, organized classroom resources for 1st-3rd grade teachers.

Test Review Game

Problem:  My kids are really bored with test review but we’ve got to do it anyway! Solution:  Make it a game!  This is a little bit like Jeopardy but I make some modifications to ensure maximum engagement.  Use index cards or pieces of paper to create the “game board.”  This one is set up for…

Love that Dog – Poetry Mentor Text

Problem: My kids need some poetry mentor texts and it’s hard  to find something (other than expensive anthologies) at the bookstore. Solution: Pick up Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.                                                                                                                                          So much depends                                                                     upon                                                                    a blue car                                                                    splattered with mud                                                                    speeding down the road   These are the first few cryptic lines…

Skip Counting Routines

Problem: How can I get kids to master skip counting?  I can’t spend several lessons on it.  Solution:  Skip counting takes repetitive  practice but it’s not something you would want to devote a whole lesson to many times throughout the year.  Instead, short, frequent skip counting routines can help all students master skip counting.  Skip…

Part-Part-Whole

Problem: My students have such a hard time with unknowns in all positions of math problems. (Common Core standards 1.OA.A.1, 2.OA.A.1) Solution: Give them plenty of exposure to part-part-whole!  It seems so basic, just a way of showing the two smaller numbers that combine to make a bigger number.  As shown on the picture, 3…

Badness for Beginners

Problem:  I need a fun way to address manners with my class. Solution:  Badness For Beginners is a hilarious book about the Wolf family.  Mommy and Daddy Wolf work tirelessly to teach their two wolf cubs to be bad.  Your students will immediately recognize that the lessons Little Wolf and Smellybref are learning are exactly…

Clear, Kid-Friendly Expectations

Problem:  My students aren’t acting the way I tell them to act! Solution:  As with all things related to behavior, there isn’t necessarily one solution but successful classroom management starts with setting clear expectations.  I specifically remember an instance during my student teaching when I was trying to get kids on task by standing at…

3D Flower Bulletin Board Element

Problem:  I love cute and colorful bulletin boards but I don’t have a lot of time or money to spend on them. Solution:  With the number of hours a teacher spends in his/her classroom, I think it’s so important to have a fresh and aesthetically pleasing classroom environment.  To put some color on the walls,…

Memorizing Multiplication Facts

Problem: It’s sooo hard for some of my students to memorize their multiplication facts!  They can’t do harder math because the basic facts take them too long to figure out. Solution:  Sometimes a silly rhyme is all it takes.  To this day, when I need to solve the fact  6 x 8, I think to…