holidays & seasons

15 ways to celebrate the 100th day of school

January 16, 2020

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In the Classroom
15 ways to celebrate the 100th day of school

Are you coming up on your 100th day of school? This momentous occasion is a great opportunity to celebrate 100 days of your students’ hard work—and have fun with the number 100! Check out these ideas and activities that inspire all kinds of learning, for students of all levels:

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School break strategy: Keep students learning during holiday breaks

November 22, 2019

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In the Classroom
School break strategy: Keep students learning during holiday breaks

As a teacher, I often found myself playing catch-up with students after returning to school from a holiday break, and having to review the last few lessons I taught prior to break. In a world where pacing guides have very few flex days, time is precious and must be used strategically. But the good news is, there are ways to motivate students to keep practicing while they’re away, so they return to school ready to continue with new material! 

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Keep the (snow)ball rolling with learning on IXL during snow days

November 19, 2019

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In the Classroom
Keep the (snow)ball rolling with learning on IXL during snow days

Snow days come in two flavors: the expected big-storm-coming-your-way days and the unexpected-phone-call-at-5-am days. Whichever situation you find yourself in, every snow day means one less day in the classroom. The good news is, whether these days are expected or unexpected, you can use IXL to keep students learning even when they’re not in their desks.

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Día de los Muertos: Free Lesson Plan for Grades 2-3

October 25, 2019

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In the Classroom
Día de los Muertos: Free Lesson Plan for Grades 2-3

Día de los Muertos is almost here and we’ve got the perfect way to celebrate: a free lesson plan for grades 2-3! These activities will help students expand their cultural knowledge and understand the history and traditions behind the holiday. Read on to get into the spirit of the season and download the lesson.

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How to beat the summer slide

June 26, 2019

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At Home
How to beat the summer slide

Whether you call it the summer slide or summer brain drain, many parents worry that summertime is a prime time for kids to forget what they’ve learned during the school year. But how do you balance the bliss of summer vacation with brain-boosting activities? The good news is that there are plenty of fun ways to help your child keep up their learning over the break!

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Stay Sharp with IXL Summer Resources!

June 7, 2019

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At Home, In the Classroom
Stay Sharp with IXL Summer Resources!

Hello, summer—hello, summer resources! We’ve created a bunch of fun, free resources to help you make the most of the break and inspire students to become self-motivated learners. Get the downloads below!

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Stay sharp with IXL this summer!

Fight the summertime slump with these fun activities

June 6, 2018

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At Home, In the Classroom
Stay sharp with IXL this summer!

Sun’s out, learning is on! Summer is finally here and now’s the perfect time to expand your mind and learn new things. To help you out, we’ve created a bunch of fun, free resources so students can make the most of the break and become self-motivated learners!

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Setting Family Resolutions for the New Year

January 3, 2018

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At Home
Setting Family Resolutions for the New Year

It’s that time of the year again: the holidays have come to a close and lofty New Year’s resolutions are being made. But instead of focusing on your own personal resolutions this year, consider making it a family affair so everyone can set goals, make progress, and celebrate achievements throughout the year! Here are a few resolutions that can help your family start the new year off right:

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Fun and Educational Videos to Celebrate Winter

December 22, 2017

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At Home, In the Classroom
Fun and Educational Videos to Celebrate Winter

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s a great opportunity to get cozy with some videos that take a deep dive into the season. From arctic animals to the story behind the Christmas truce of WWI, these videos are great ways to make your winter extra entertaining and educational. We’ve even included some related IXL skills if you want to extend your winter knowledge even further!

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Holiday Self-Care for Teachers

November 28, 2017

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In the Classroom
Holiday Self-Care for Teachers

The holiday season is in full swing! But between juggling a busy school schedule and holiday duties at home, it can be hard to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. To help you stay merry and stress-free, we’ve rounded up several ways you can take on the holiday season in stride. 

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