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Playing SPOONS to Teach Phonics in First Grade!

This small group phonics and number sense game reminds me of the good ole days. I used to play Spoons when I went up to the cabin with friends and family and it was always a hit. We would laugh and race to be sure we weren’t left without a spoon. With it being such a […]

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Free 3D Shape Activity: Mystery Bags

I love teaching all about 2D and 3D shapes in the classroom. It is a unit of study that my first graders always seemed to just “get.” It was tactile and to the point.  I am always on the hunt for fun and new shape activities, so I thought I would share one of my […]

Fun Sight Word Game: Sight Word SPLASH!

Practicing sight words in the primary grades is vitally important when learning how to read. To help students review and learn new sight words, I am always on the lookout for new, fun games! This game, “Sight Word SPLASH!” is one we played a lot last year in my kindergarten and first grade small groups […]

Character Change Cards for First and Second Grade

How do you teach character change within a story? By this time of the year, my first graders are easily able to identify the main character. They are also able to give a few character traits (with text evidence) to describe that main character. Now, is when I really want students to focus on how […]

Small Group Phonics Warm Up: What’s Missing?

How do you start your guided reading groups? What about your morning meeting? I love to have this  warm up posted on the board so while I get my last minute things ready, students are already revving up their brains! It’s called, “What’s Missing?” and I play this small group game two different ways that […]