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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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Educational Activities, ELA, first grade, holiday, Kindergarten, 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

February activities and freebies found here!

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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

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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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

Are you looking for activities to help you teach all about the Winter Olympics to your kids? Then, you must check out this blog post! It's full of Winter Games FUN and perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students. In this unit, you will find crafts, a countdown, vocabulary activities, directed drawings, nonfiction text, a mini-reader, sports trading cards, and more! This will add to your Olympics studies and your kids will have so much fun teaching these ideas!

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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

These holiday gifts for students are the perfect way for teachers to provide their kiddos with a small dollar store treat while awarding them for good behavior, academic achievements, or personality traits that shine. They're inexpensive, kid-centered, and are sure to cheer students in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade.

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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’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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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

Kids in kindergarten and first grade will LOVE these math crafts! Make learning fun AND support number development! Skills included are: making 5 and 10, decomposing numbers, subitizing, ten frames, number lines, patterning, and more! 1d

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crafts, first grade, Kindergarten, Math

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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, […]

Kindergarten Literacy Review Activities

Are you looking for a great way to review reading foundational and literacy skills with your kindergarten students? This review packet is full of activities that are just PERFECT for helping you do just that! There are twenty days worth of review, that help with everything from phonics to word recognition to phonemic awareness to writing and more! Plus, you can try a sample day for FREE!

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Joy is my One Little Word for the year, and I’ve recently begun reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. She talks about expressing gratitude every day to our amazing Maker, even over the smallest things to help find the joy in life that is so readily available to us if we’d only seek it. Some of […]

Valentine’s Day Writing Activity

Teaching letter writing to kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students is even more fun and engaging with this Valentine Day activity! Your students will love selecting a staff member to send a poster-sized Valentine to, all while learning the parts of a letter and the letter writing process. Follow it up with a writing activity where students get to send a Valentine letter to someone special!

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crafts, Educational Activities, ELA, February, first grade, Kindergarten, Lesson Plans, Literacy, Second Grade, Teach, Valentines Day, writing

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