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Tired of lengthy book reports your kiddos dread? In this post, I will introduce several condensed alternatives to the traditional book report that are fun, engaging and perfect for students from kindergarten thru fifth grade. Help your students learn to LOVE reading! Each of the book report alternatives includes templates, photographs and easy-to-follow directions that […]

Book Report Alternatives: A Roundup

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Are you making plans for heading back to school post-Winter break? This post was written for you! Enjoy this January Activities Roundup for Kindergarten and First Grade! It will make your first month of the new year fun, engaging, AND educational! Inferences Activity By January, you’re ready to dig into some of the deeper ELA […]

January Activities Roundup for First Grade

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Snow Day Slush is a fun activity to do in the classroom or at home as you wish for and prepare for a Snow Day! There is a fun poem to read aloud, a recipe for Snow Day Slush, plus a variety of literacy and math activities that go along with it to engage your […]

Snow Day Slush

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Today, I welcome the fabulous Jennifer from Happy Teacher Mama as she shares 6 tips for a stress-free holiday in the classroom! I love Jennifer’s take on embracing the chaos of the season. A must-read for all my classroom teachers! As a kid, I always looked forward to holidays at school.  There was just so […]

6 Tips for a Stress-free Holiday in the Classroom

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Are you teaching about turkeys this November? Here are some fun turkey classroom resources that will work perfectly this time of year! Some of the activities include free printables. Turkey Cookies I made these turkey cookies with my first graders during a Thanksgiving celebration and they absolutely LOVED creating them. Even better? I made it […]

Free Turkey Classroom Resources

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This post shares a turkey vocabulary and labeling activity to use in the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom. With the Thanksgiving holiday nearing, it’s time to incorporate some turkey fun into your classroom! There are many wonderful Thanksgiving texts you can include into your daily read-aloud time. Why learn about turkeys? The material […]

Turkey Vocabulary and Labeling Activity

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When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins and Unplugged by Steven Antony make great additions to bookshelves in the classroom and at home. Both books tell the stories of what happens when the main character loses access to power – meaning no access to their beloved electronic devices. These stories are great for teaching kids […]

Teaching kids about limiting screen time through picture books

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Maybe only my fellow teachers who graduated in the early 2000s will relate to this, but I feel like this meme is always necessary as we transition into the month of May… I cannot find the original source of this meme! Lo and behold, it’s gonna be May! (snicker, snicker 🤣) How is that even possible?! […]

End of the year activities | May classroom activities

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​As the end of the school year approaches, I wanted to share some of my favorite read-alouds with you! These books are appropriate to read in kindergarten through the fifth grade classroom, all helping you close out the school year and transition your students into the next grade.  Love Is by Diane Adams Love Is tells the sweet […]

10 Read-Alouds to End the School Year

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This post shares my favorite penguin books for kids, along with paired ELA activities that support vocabulary, comprehension and a variety of standards-based skills appropriate for grades kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Today, I’m sharing six of the best penguin books for kids! These picture books are great for classroom read-alouds or snuggling up […]

The Best Penguin Books for Kids

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