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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 […]

The Word Collector Activities

If you love The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds, then you'll love this post! It's packed with ELA activities and ideas to use alongside this amazing read-aloud. They focus on everything from theme to comprehension to vocabulary and MORE! There's even a free printable that you can use in grades kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade! Teachers will love seeing the many activities you can use with this picture book and students will benefit from the standards-based activities, too!

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Today, I’m excited to share my new favorite Thanksgiving read-aloud, Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, along with some ELA activities you can incorporate into your kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms. (PS. I definitely think you could use them with your third graders, too!) I’ve talked a lot recently about the library of read-aloud activity sets that […]

Balloons Over Broadway Activities

This post shares several standards-based ELA activities you can use with the Thanksgiving read-aloud, Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. Students in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and even third grade will benefit from this collection of activities that cover vocabulary, comprehension, text-based questions matched to Bloom's Taxonomy, and differentiated assessments! It's the perfect Thanksgiving picture book with colorful illustrations and a great story to match! #ELA #babblingabby #tpt #inspiredapple #teacher #teach #thematicunit #Thanksgiving #holiday #kidlit #readaloud #picturebook #parade #elementary #kindergarten #firstgrade #secondgrade #thirdgrade #homeschool

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Today, I’m sharing TWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core […]

20 Thanksgiving Books and Activities

Today, I’m sharing TWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE.

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It’s Day 2 of Celebrate Reading Month on The Inspired Apple! I’m glad you stopped by! Today, we’ll cover the types of questions to ask while reading to help students identify key ideas and details within a text. During our undergrad preparation for our education degrees, most of us paid at least a small amount […]

Key Ideas and Details – Questions To Ask While Reading

Celebrate Reading the whole month of March over at The Inspired Apple!

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February is a fun month in the classroom! There are plenty of thematic activities for February to incorporate into your curriculum, including Black History to recognize and celebrate, Ground Hog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Dental Health and the Winter Olympics this year! And, you’re supposed to cover it all in the shortest month of […]

Thematic Activities for February in the Primary Classroom

February activities and freebies found here!

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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 […]

Literacy Centers: Word Work Activities

Check out these word work centers perfect for pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, ELL/ESL, and intervention. Each set includes 6 word work activities ideal for independent literacy centers. The activities remain the same for all sets in this series, so that your students can familiarize themselves with the expectations for each activity over time, thereby developing consistency and independence. They're perfect literacy station activities!

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If you’re anything like me, you LOVE some good literacy center activities. 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 […]

25 Free Literacy Center Activities

This is a set of 25 no-prep literacy centers activity posters. These were designed to compliment Kindergarten in a Flash and First Grade in a Flash flashcard sets, though you can use them with existing flashcards you already own OR you can easily use index cards to create your own flashcards specific to your curriculum. They're perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students and can easily be incorporated into you daily center rotations, small group activities, or ELA curriculum. The targeted skills include phonemic awareness, letter identification, letter-sound correspondence, writing, grammar, word families, vowel teams, r-controlled vowels, digraphs, diphthongs, homophones, antonyms, synonyms, and more!

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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 […]

Vocabulary Activities for Any Word

This is a set of twenty different activities that you can use with any vocabulary word with students in grades kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade. These engaging activities will give your students the opportunity to choose how they interact with their vocabulary words, giving them greater authority over their learning!

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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 […]

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

This is a set of 20 task cards to use with handwriting, sight words, or spelling words practice. Each colorful task card provides students with a task to complete to reinforce proficiency in reading and writing the words they are practicing. They are perfect for students in pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade to practice individually or at a literacy center. They're a great resource to add to your ELA curriculum!

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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 […]

Kindergarten and First Grade ELA Flashcards

This resource is a growing mega bundle of 50 sets of flashcards for use in the kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Each set can be used to address a variety of skills, from phonics to writing to decoding to letter recognition and MORE! They're the perfect teacher tool because they're easy to prep, versatile, inexpensive and can accompany just about anything you're doing in your ELA curriculum. Use them during guided reading, small group instruction, intervention, partner practice or individual student differentiation!

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

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