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A Week of Phonics Instruction Plus a Freebie!

In my new role as a K-2 literacy teacher, I spend a lot of my time working on direct phonics instruction to help my first and second students decode words they are encountering in their texts. I thought I would take a little time to go through what a week of small groups phonics instruction […]

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Books to Teach Character Traits, Feelings, and Actions

I made an effort every year to set some specific read aloud time available in my classroom. Some days it was 10 minutes, other days I could stretch it to 20. Either way, it was one of my most favorite times of the day. I could teach so many skills while my students got to enjoy […]

Letter Names and Sounds – Free Games!

After some baseline testing, my Kindergarten students are now grouped into three major categories: (1)   Letter name identification (uppercase) (2)   Letter name identification (lowercase) (3)   Letter sounds   In my small groups, I wanted to create some interactive games that would allow students to see their letters over and over and over […]

Digital Nonfiction – A Fun, Interactive Reading Experience!

Ipads, tablets, laptops, Chromebooks, etc. It is likely that your students are well-versed in all of the above and more. If they aren’t yet well- versed in technology, they are at least familiar with it and learning rapidly about it. As more and more schools continue to gather technological devices for their students to use […]

My THREE Favorite Classroom Management Tips

As every new school year approaches, I begin to get my mind ready for a new year of students. This always includes thinking of my classroom management approach. I like to try new things each year because each group of students is entirely unique and has a different set of needs than the classroom before.

Free Hands On Addition Activities!

Hands-on math. I love it, I live for it, I believe in it. Nothing keeps my students engaged more than getting their hands on a piece of the action. I spent this past year focusing on math and trying to come up with tons of engaging activities, lessons, and games for first grade students.