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Christmas Crafts in the Classroom

Not sure how to incorporate Christmas Crafts in the classroom? Read on here to learn how and why! I’ve taught primarily first and second grade for my entire teaching career, and doing Christmas crafts in the classroom are some of my favorite activities to plan! I know some teachers have

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How to Write Complete Sentences with a Fun Halloween Twist

Teaching students how to write complete sentences is such an important skill, but it can also be extremely difficult and frustrating! When students learn how to write complete sentences filled with descriptive details, their writing improves immensely. How do I teach students what makes a complete sentence? There are a

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Main Idea In A Paragraph: How to Win Big

Finding the main idea in a paragraph can be so hard for students to understand and find. Sharing with you today are some tips and realizations I’ve learned after teaching for many years, about how to best start main idea instruction! Learn some tips and suggestions here to help you

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Reading Groups: How to Plan Teacher Tips

Have you ever felt like planning guided reading groups each week is time-consuming, complicated, and you just don’t even know where to start? You’re not alone! Here’s a peek at how I plan my activities for guided reading groups each week! My Guided Reading Groups Binder First, if you feel

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Guided Math Workshop: How to Plan Teacher Tips

Being a K-2 teacher, it can be hard to know where exactly to start when it comes to planning a guided math workshop. That’s why I want to show you exactly how I plan for an entire month of guided math workshop.  Planning Guided Math Workshop Will Set You Up

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How to Create a Student Sight Word Routine

Adding sight word practice to your students’ word work routine doesn’t have to be challenging! I’ve heard from teachers over and over that their sight word routine is inconsistent, unorganized, and sometimes non-existent! If that sounds like your classroom, it doesn’t have to be that way! You can make a

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Math Spiral Review: A Quick Start Guide

How many times have you taught something one month, and then a few months later your students seem to have completely forgotten what they learned? I know we’ve all been there at least once. That’s why I love implementing spiral review. And guess what? I know your days are busy,

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5 Fun Ways to Practice Math Facts

Back when I was a kid, I absolutely hated big, long worksheets filled with math problems. It was my least favorite way to practice and learn math facts. As a teacher, I want my students to have FUN while practicing math facts! I want to build students’ math fact fluency

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Peaches & Pits End of the Day Routine

End of the Day Routine: Peaches & Pits

Dismissal at the end of the day can be quite stressful. You’re busy making sure your students are all packed up to go home. The office is calling down to your room to tell you of transportation changes. The noise level in your room is a tad bit louder than

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Subtraction Fact Fluency: Favorite Strategies

Have you ever been guilty of spending more time focusing on addition facts and less time on subtraction facts? If you’re nodding your head yes right now… me too! I never quite gave subtraction fact fluency the time and focus it deserves and our students need! A few years ago

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Word Work Activities: Choosing the Right Ones

Imagine creating word work centers that allow students to practice making words independently while you are with a guided reading group without interruption! Keep reading to learn how to choose the right activities for word work centers. A question I see frequently when it comes to guided reading rotations is

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