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Free Consonant Blends Game!

After a little phonics screening this past week, I realized a good chunk of my kiddos were STUCK on blends. They were having trouble reading both beginning and ending consonant blends. I created a fun little game which I introduced on Friday and my kids loved it! Here it is in action:       […]

Close Reading in 1st Grade & A Freebie

Close reading. Ya heard of it?! My old district and new district have been all about it since adopting the Common Core.   When I was first trained in close reading, I thought, HA! Nice try, in my most sarcastic voice. I didn’t see how this could possibly apply to my little first graders. I […]

Let’s Start Writing!

We are full into the swing of things here in Mrs. Jones’ Class! Yesterday during writing we talked about the rules and expectations of writing and we practiced some sustained writing time in our journals. Today, I wanted to kick things off with a fun lesson!   I saw the book, Rocket Writes a Story, […]

Writer’s Workshop in My Classroom

I may have mentioned this before… but I l-o-v-e teaching writing to first graders. Although it can be painstaking at times, the progress made by the end of the year is truly remarkable. I was asked by a follower last week how I ran writer’s workshop in my classroom so I thought I would share […]