Creative Thinking: A Brainstorming Exercise that Links Reading and Writing


by Catherine A. Welch

Students improve their language arts skills in a fun way with this creative activity.


All children can learn to be creative thinkers. Creativity is a skill that can be developed. It is the ability to make connections between things and make something new. Inventors make such connections all the time.

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Books and Reading, Faith and Learning


by H.F. Poehlmann, M.Ed. and Virginia D. Wiedenfeld, M.Ed.

Integrate the Catholic faith into your language arts lessons with these creative ideas.


Reading enables an individual to learn for a lifetime. Every teacher must consider the question “How can I help this student to love reading?” The more one reads, the more one learns. Therefore, every effort must be made to ensure students read as much as possible. Students must be able to enjoy reading for both information and pleasure. Read more…

Look Up and Learn


by Ann Nowak

Learning the alphabet can be fun. I attach alphabet cards randomly to the classroom ceiling. Using a flashlight, I help children find given letters, match letters to sounds, spell their names, and sequence the alphabet. After giving a few opportunities using the flashlight on the ceiling, I turn off the ceiling lights to add to the challenge and the fun. Struggling students may be encouraged with hints like “cold,” “getting warmer,” etc.

Ann Nowak is a teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Cuyahoga Falls, OH

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