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The Teacher Mom Struggle

Being a teacher and a mom can be quite a struggle. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to balance being a teacher mom! Back when I was pregnant, my husband and I used to joke that when we had our daughter, I’d be “in charge” of the early education.

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Introducing Multiplication Activities & Ideas

At the end of second grade or beginning of 3rd grade, it’s usually time to start introducing multiplication! If I had a quarter for every time a 2nd grader asked me when we were going to learn multiplication I’d be… well, I’d have a decent number of quarters. But in

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Teaching Addition Strategies: A Free Guide

I am so excited to share with you my very first FREE email series all about teaching addition strategies! Teaching Addition Strategies: Goodbye Standard Algorithm If you’re a 1st or 2nd grade teacher, you should definitely be saying SEE YA LATER to the standard algorithm. Listen, I’m not saying you

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Teaching Students How to Research

Welcome to part two all about teaching students how to research! If you missed part one, I talked specifically about animal research reports. Today I want to share with you one of the ways I taught my 2nd grade students how to research. This method is great to use in

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Animal Research Reports

Teaching students about animal research reports is one of my favorite writing units! It’s the perfect combination of nonfiction reading and informational writing – all in one perfect unit of study! I’ve got so much to share with you that I’m splitting this into two posts! You can find part

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Cause and Effect Activities

About a year ago, I had a teacher ask me if I had any resources with mysteries similar to my main idea mysteries. At the time I didn’t have any, but now I’m happy to say I’ve made a new mystery all about… Cause and effect! These cause and effect

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Winter Math Activities & Centers

It’s cold and snowy, so what’s a better way to warm up your classroom than snowy themed winter math activities! Winter Math Activities for Subtraction Today I wanted to quickly share with you a fun freebie for your math centers! I think it is absolutely ESSENTIAL that you differentiate your

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Free December Classroom Activities

We all know how crazy the month of December can be, so I’ve collaborated with some amazing friends to put together a round up of FREE December classroom activities and resources to use with your first grade or second grade students! Take a Look at Your 12+ FREE December Activities

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Christmas Math & Reading Activities

The month of December is always crazy busy, and I’m totally one to just embrace the chaos! Students are excited. The holidays are almost here (not to mention a two-week winter break)! That’s why I love integrating Christmas math & reading activities in the classroom. My Favorite Christmas Math &

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Managing Math Centers With Independence

I often hear that teachers are worried about managing math centers so students can be successful independently. They want to use them, but they’re afraid students aren’t going to know what to do for each center. Today I want to share with you 5 tricks I’ve used to make managing

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Main Idea and Details Activities

The main idea and details reading standard is one of my favorite to teach! There are so many great activities you can do to practice main idea and details. Plus, they’re now printable AND digital for distance learning! Main Topic vs. Main Idea and Details Depending on your grade level

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Teacher tips for writing complete sentences

Writing Complete Sentences

We’ve all been there… teaching students how to write complete sentences is tricky, frustrating, and just all around problematic! Today I want to share with you my favorite activities to teach students how to write complete sentences AND how we transition to writing detailed, descriptive sentences. Writing Complete Sentences: The

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