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Writing Personal Narratives in First Grade

Writing personal narratives is one of the first writing genres we learn in first grade! My students are usually successful in this writing venture because they get to write all about themselves. How were they feeling? What happened to them? Who was there? These are all things my students can answer and my job is to […]

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Black History Month!

Black history month is right around the corner and there are SO many important people and topics to cover for my primary students to get even a partial grasp of the civil rights movement. After teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.’s mission and journey to my first graders over the years, I know that they […]

Chapter Book Read Alouds for Grades 1-3

It is no surprise that I love a good read aloud. I have written numerous posts about why I love interactive read alouds and spent years finding the perfect picture books to use to teach different skills in my primary classroom. It wasn’t until later that I began to dive into some of our favorite […]

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 grade 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 […]

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.