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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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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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How exciting is it that we’re just a month away from the Winter Games?! For some reason, I have strong memories associated with the Winter Olympics. My earliest memory of the  is from 1994 when I was in fifth grade and they were played in Lillehammer! I had a subscription to Sports Illustrated for Kids […]

Winter Olympics Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade

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February, first grade, informational text, Kindergarten, Second Grade, Uncategorized, Veterans Day, Winter, Winter Games

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Do you find yourself wondering what you’ll gift your kiddos this holiday season? While I LOVE gifting students books, I think there is so much value in giving them something personalized and meaningful. However, I also want it to be affordable because hello there’s twenty-five-ish of them. So, what are good holiday gifts for students? Enter: […]

Holiday Gifts for Students

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Christmas, Creative Inspiration, DIY, Dollar Tree, first grade, holiday, Kindergarten, Second Grade, Winter

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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’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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If you’ve visited before, you know I feel pretty strongly about incorporating crafts into the elementary classroom.  They have SO many benefits! Here are some of my favorite math crafts that are perfect for using with kindergarten and first grade students. They’re great for back to school or any time of year you want to […]

Math Crafts for Kindergarten and First Grade Students

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It’s the week that report cards are due and, as you look over the report card skills and standards, you’re suddenly thinking: Did I assess that? Did my students master that skill? I think he mastered it, but I don’t remember? I think he struggles, but I don’t have evidence? Did I teach this?!?!?! Well, […]

First Grade Literacy and Math Review

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