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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

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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

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Educational Activities, ELA, first grade, holiday, Kindergarten, Literacy, November, Read Alouds, Read-Alouds, Reading, Second Grade, Teach, Thanksgiving, Vocabulary, writing

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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

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Educational Activities, ELA, Fall, first grade, holiday, Literacy, November, Read Alouds, Read-Alouds, Reading, Second Grade, Teach, Thanksgiving, Vocabulary, writing

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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 […]

Key Ideas and Details – Questions To Ask While Reading

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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

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crafts, Educational Activities, ELA, February, first grade, Freebie, Groundhog Day, holiday, Kindergarten, Literacy, Presidents' Day, Second Grade, Teach, Uncategorized, Valentines Day, Winter Games, writing

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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

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Back to School, Educational Activities, ELA, first grade, Freebie, Kindergarten, Literacy, Second Grade, Sight Words, Teach, Uncategorized, Vocabulary, Word Work

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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

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Alphabet, Back to School, ELA, first grade, Freebie, Kindergarten, Literacy

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

Kindergarten and First Grade ELA Flashcards

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

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