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The power of books never ceases to amaze me.  Anytime I come across a new one that resonates with me, I feel compelled to share – especially  with the teaching community. Teachers have the ability to get books front and center with their students, increasing the impact that their messages will resonate with them, too! Author, Peter […]

January 15, 2019

The Word Collector Activities

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ELA, Teach

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It’s Day 2 of Celebrate Reading Month on The Inspired Apple! I’m glad you stopped by! During our undergrad preparation for our education degrees, most of us paid at least a small amount of attention to Bloom’s Taxonomy.  (If you’re not familiar or need a refresher, go check out this ‘cheat sheet’ that will give […]

March 2, 2018

Key Ideas and Details – Questions To Ask While Reading

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ELA, Uncategorized

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As a first grade teacher, assembling literacy centers wasn’t always the highlight of my weekly preparations. In fact, it seemed downright cumbersome at times to find or create something that would hold the attention of my kiddos for ten to fifteen minutes and was engaging and could be completed independently so that I could work with guided reading […]

January 23, 2018

Word Work Activities for Literacy Centers

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ELA, Freebie, Literacy, Uncategorized

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If you’re anything like me, you LOVE a good literacy center. You love seeing your kiddos engaged, exploring new skills, and excited about their learning. You’re also probably like me in that you’re a big fan of centers that are easy to introduce, skill-oriented yet basic enough for kindergarten and first grade students to complete […]

November 7, 2017

25 Free Literacy Center Activities

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ELA, first grade, Freebie, Kindergarten, Uncategorized

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I have always loved words and am a self-proclaimed word nerd. I actually read the book Word Nerds, met the authors at a conference a few years ago, and got to lead a PLC in my school all about it! Research shows that a child’s vocabulary is a key component to their success in school, on standardized tests, and […]

August 16, 2017

Vocabulary Activities for Any Word

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ELA, Literacy, Vocabulary

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By popular request, you can snag this set of task cards separate from the purchase of the Handwriting Makes Me Happy series. This set of 20 task cards can be used with handwriting, sight word, or spelling word practice. Each colorful task card provides students with a task to complete to reinforce proficiency in reading and […]

July 31, 2017

20 Task Cards for Handwriting, Sight Word, and Spelling Practice

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I’ve just released my latest teacher tool that is ideal for accompanying your kindergarten or first grade ELA curriculum. It’s basic in principle, simple to prep, and will help support the ELA activities you’re doing in your classroom. Each resource will contain 50 sets of flashcards that you can use to for a variety of purposes […]

July 5, 2017

Kindergarten and First Grade ELA Flashcards

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Back to School, Dollar Tree, ELA, first grade, Kindergarten, Literacy

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Teaching and learning about clouds can be SO fun! Seriously, kids love analyzing the sky, identifying different kinds of clouds, and determining the weather based on their cloud knowledge. Here are some fun science, literacy, and math activities to use while learning about clouds! Vocabulary is such a HUGE component of developing competency in any content area, […]

March 15, 2017

Cloud Science Activities

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ELA, Lesson Plans, March, Science, Teach, Uncategorized

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Are you looking for a great alternative to writing lengthy book reports that is engaging, fun, and perfect for kiddos in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade? Check out this condensed book report idea where students can write a simplified book review! Included are templates, photographs and easy-to-follow directions that are a cinch for teachers […]

March 2, 2017

Book Report Alternative: Reader Review Bookmarks

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ELA, March, Read Across America, Read-Alouds, Reading, Teach, writing

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Are you looking for a great alternative to writing lengthy book reviews that is engaging, fun, and perfect for kiddos in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade? Check out this condensed book report idea where students can write a simplified book review! Included are templates, photographs and easy-to-follow directions that are a cinch for teachers […]

March 1, 2017

Book Report Alternative: If This Book Could Talk

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ELA, Lesson Plans, March, Read Across America, Read-Alouds, Reading, writing

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