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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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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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Eeeh! It’s one of my favorite times of year to be a teacher. I just eat up a good theme, particularly around Thanksgiving. #punintended This post is all about turkeys and includes FIVE free turkey activities! Just look for the pink text throughout this post to see what you can snag! First up is a toooooooon […]

Turkey Activities for the Primary Classroom

Check out this amazing post just full of turkey-themed activities that would work great in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms. They're the perfect way to incorporate science, math, and literacy into your Thanksgiving curriculum, while keeping your students engaged.

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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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Hello, friends!  Can you believe Christmas Break is *finally* here?! I’ll pause for a moment while you give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back (or grab another sip of that Christmas cocktail you’re enjoying) for finishing the first half of the school year strong!  You probably Polar Expressed yourself right out the door […]

Winter Science Activities for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade!

Instead of spending hours upon hours planning math, ELA, and science, grab a copy of The Science of January! This all-inclusive science resource includes activities for four themes: snow, winter, ice, and animals in winter! It includes cross-curricular activities and extensions for each theme making lesson planning simple and easy!

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If you’re in search of something a fun and engaging way to celebrate Christmas in the primary classroom, you must check out this all-inclusive holiday pack perfect for the little kiddos in your life! This math poem, is a great way to help your students with counting and subtraction. These sight word mini-readers come in […]

Christmas in the Primary Classroom!

Teachers! Are you ready for Christmas in YOUR classroom? This product is FULL of fun ideas for you to include during the month of December in your kindergarten or first grade classroom. It includes a writing center, family activity, math poem, book response pages, three sight word mini-books, a Gingerbread Hijinks AND MORE! Plus, you can snag a free printable to make an adorable art project, too!

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February science activities are here! Can you believe January is already nearing an end?!  So. Crazy. Which means, thoughts of February are starting to creep into your mind.  Groundhogs, hearts everything and everywhere, boxes of chocolate, and after all that sugary goodness, dental health!  But, of course! After getting a lot of positive feedback from The […]

February Science Activities!

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Hello, friends!  Can you believe Christmas Break is *finally* here?! I’ll pause for a moment while you give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back (or grab another sip of that Christmas cocktail you’re enjoying) for finishing the first half of the school year strong!  You probably Polar Expressed yourself right out the door […]

Winter Science for the Primary Classroom!

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Today’s treat is a fun freebie for all of my Pre-k, kindergarten, and 1st grade teachers! Happy Customer Appreciation Week! I love the book 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston.  It’s funny and cute, perfect for the season, and likely a book you already have in your collection.  If not, snag a copy from Amazon for […]

Customer Appreciation Week: Treat #3

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