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The VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Tools Blog contains resources on classroom ideas, lesson plans, industry news, events, and offers throughout education.

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Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Academic Subject: Social Studies and History | Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Martin Luther King Jr: A Fact or Opinion Mini-Lesson (Grades 3-8)

By: Margo Ensz
January 14th, 2015

Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Civics, Holidays, Language Arts, Social Studies, U.S. History  Grades: 3-5, 6-8 In this lesson, adapted from an activity on Education World,  students will reinforce their understanding of fact and opinion while learning about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

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Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays | Featured Topics: Professional Development

8 eCards to Help You Make it to Winter Break

By: Margo Ensz
December 17th, 2014

The weeks leading up to winter break can be chaotic in any classroom. Here are 8 teacher-created ecards for a bit of comedic relief:

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How to Write a Grant eBook

How to Write a Grant eBook

This helpful guide includes an explanation of the grant process, including a checklist (with samples!), and useful links and resources to find funding!

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Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Elementary Winter Activity Round Up

By: Margo Ensz
December 9th, 2014

'Tis the season! If you're like us, you have no idea where 2014 went. If you're feeling a little short on classroom ideas to fill out the weeks leading up to winter break, don't worry! We've compiled some great activities and lessons from teachers just like you, spanning subject and ages. Enjoy! 

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Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays

Our Favorite Back to School Memories

By: Margo Ensz
September 23rd, 2014

The start of the new school year is a busy time for us here at Varitronics! While we work to make sure our VariQuest Visual Learning Tools are getting educators off to the start of their new year, we took a moment to reflect on our favorite memories from the first days of school. 

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VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays | Featured Topics: Student Engagement

Show Your School Spirit This Homecoming!

By: Margo Ensz
September 18th, 2014

There's nothing liike the anticipation of Homecoming Week! How does your school celebrate Homecoming Spirit Week? Do students dress for a different theme every day? Are there class competitions in addition to athletic competitions? One way to get everyone in the spirit is to transform the hallways! School staff and student groups can help make homecoming enjoyable for everyone this year by facilitating school-wide visuals. 

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Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays | Featured Topics: Professional Development

#ThankATeacher Reflections

By: Margo Ensz
May 12th, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week wrapped up last week, but we wanted to share a few experiences from our team members. After all, shouldn’t we treat every week like it’s Teacher Appreciation Week?

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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-10

By: Margo Ensz
May 1st, 2014

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Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Academic Subject: Social Studies and History | Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays | Academic Subject: Interdisciplinary | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Get Ready for Earth Day!

By: Margo Ensz
March 24th, 2014

 

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