End of year math review game! Shootin’ Hoops

The end of the year is a crazy busy time for both teachers and students. The sun is shining and everyone can just feel the end of the year at their fingertips.   When we just can’t get those wiggles out, I like to find ways to get students learning WITH their wiggles. This fun, math […]

Fraction Activity for First & Second Grade!

Fraction activities in first and second grade can be hard to come by. After learning about the difference between parts and whole and going over the “basic” fractions of 1/2 and 1/4, I find that my first graders are ready for a little bit more. That’s when I introduce the fun game, Fraction Wars!   […]

A Fun Sight Word Game: Treasure Hunt!

I am always on the hunt for fun, new games and activities to practice sight words. This ode to the game, Battleship, is such a great way to keep students engaged while learning or reviewing sight words. The goal of the game is to the be first to find the other player’s buried treasure! Students […]

I love teaching students to make inferences in first grade. They feel like detectives as the search for what the author hasn’t said in the text. I thought I would take some time to share with you some of my favorite activities for teaching students how to infer. Using Photographs: When we begin making inferences, […]

Ice Cream Day Activities: Free End of the Year Unit!

The end of the school year is fast approaching and I wanted to share something I think you will enjoy: a full day of FREE ice cream day activities! Every year, I would spend my last couple weeks at school having themed learning days. We would have one whole theme (camping, sports, friendship, beach, etc.) […]

Free Money Game for First Grade!

I was always on the lookout for new and fun money games for my first grade students! We used to play a Race to \$1 game from my first grade money unit, but this time I thought I would put a little spin on that game and turn it into a freebie for you. Enter: […]

Teaching Schema in the Grades K-2

Teaching students to activate their schema in kindergarten, first, and second grade can seem abstract at first. Once I let students know they actually use their schema all the time, they become more comfortable explaining their thoughts! Both as a first grade teacher and a K-2 literacy teacher, I emphasized schema at the beginning of […]