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Book Clubs in First Grade

Book clubs in first grade?! It may seem like a stretch, but the Spring is such a great time to get your students ready and used to reading, thinking about, and discussing books with their peers instead of me, the teacher!   When done right, it can be such a fun learning experience for both […]

Read Aloud Lessons

These interactive read aloud lessons are the perfect way to teach your students all sorts of comprehension and vocabulary skills during reader’s workshop.     Read aloud has always been one of my favorite parts of teaching. When I was in college, it is what I imagined doing most of my day. Sitting in a […]

Free Legend of the Poinsettia Activities!

The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola is one of my favorite Holidays Around the World books to read! I thought I would share some of the comprehension and vocabulary activities I use each year {of course, all “gussied up” with better borders and fonts than I used in the past}. In case you’re […]

Cats vs. Dogs – A Reading and Writing Project

Cats vs. dogs is the ultimate opinion reading and writing project! Students choose a side and read both fiction and nonfiction books to learn more about their decision. In the end, students choose a winner and write their opinion paragraph to determine which is the best pet! I love integrating reading and writing and last […]

Interactive Read Aloud in 1st Grade

Interactive read aloud lessons in my first grade classroom have completely changed my Reader’s Workshop. My students love to read these classics and I now have all the questions and stopping points ready to go! I recently wrote a post HERE about what an interactive read aloud is and how I use them in my […]

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons!

Interactive read aloud, do you do it?! In my first grade classroom I used to have the class sit down after lunch/recess and I would read them some of my favorite books – Junie B., Flat Stanley, etc. It was a time to calm down, enjoy a good book, and get ready for an afternoon […]

First Grade Grammar Activities & Printables

There are so many first grade common core language and grammar standards. How do you teach them in your classroom? I shared some of my favorite activities and lessons! When do you teach the grammar and language standards in your classroom?? Nouns, determiners, comma usage, prepositions… Ya know… allllllllllll of THESE! Some can be easily […]