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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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2-3 Digit Subtraction Strategies

Teaching 2-3 digit subtraction strategies is one of the most difficult skills to teach! Seriously, it can be SO tricky, but today I want to share with you 4 2-3 digit subtraction strategies that will help your students develop a deeper understanding of subtraction. These strategies do not focus on

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Independent Math Activities for Guided Math

During guided math, I have 3 rotations that my students complete each day. Today I’m going to share with you how my students complete independent math activities, which you might also call independent work or lesson work. Whatever you decide to call it, these are the independent math activities students

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Fall Reading and Writing Activities

Every year I absolutely love doing all of the fall themed learning activities in my classroom. When I can integrate Fall reading and writing activities, it’s a win-win! Just like when I shared about my apple week during September, these ideas are perfect for October and November! My Favorite Fall

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2nd Grade Math Centers for Common Core

Struggling with planning 2nd grade math centers that are engaging and align with Common Core that you can use all year? You’ll love this post with tons of helpful links to help you find the best 2nd grade math centers for your classroom! Looking for first grade? Head here! The

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These math centers & math strategies are for Common Core math standards. Students will work on various 2-digit and 3-digit addition strategies such as number lines and decomposing numbers to solve three digit addition and subtraction with regrouping and without regrouping. These student activities and products are designed for 2nd grade students. They are fun and include puzzles, games, and help students use place values to solve 3-digit addition and 3-digit subtraction.

2-3 Digit Addition Strategies

Transitioning your students from basic addition to 2-3-digit addition can be tough sometimes! There are five 2-3 digit addition strategies I focus on in my classroom. These strategies do not focus on the standard algorithm. If you’re looking for 2-3 subtraction strategies, you can read all about them over on

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These reading response activities are perfect for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. This resource includes monthly menus and generic choice boards. Each choice board and menu includes response ideas, prompts, templates, questions and graphic organizers for fiction and nonfiction journals. You can use these independent printable activities and worksheets daily, weekly, or monthly!

Reading Response Activities

What are Reading Response Journals? Reading response journals and menus are the perfect way to have your students writing about what they read. All you need to get started is a notebook! In this notebook, students respond to books, articles, and texts through writing. What do students write about in

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Accountable Talk in the Classroom

Teaching your students how to have productive, respectful conversations using accountable talk is a total game-changer when it comes to discussions in the classroom. Using this helps students have more meaningful conversations! What is Accountable Talk? To keep it simple, accountable talk is when students are actively engaged in conversations

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Guided Math: Getting Started

How to Launch Guided Math During The First Weeks of School Gone are the days of teaching math ONLY through whole group instruction! If you’ve stumbled upon this blog post, you can transition to guided math right now, too! I don’t care what month in the school year it is!

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Help your students build addition fact fluency automaticity with these addition fact strategies. These addition facts to 20 strategies include doubles and doubles plus one, make 10 to add, and ways to make 10. These fun math fact fluency games and activities are perfect for first grade and second grade students. Activities include: board games, matching activities, printable games, and more!

Addition Fact Fluency Strategies

Starting the Year with Addition Fact Fluency Strategies At the beginning of the year, I spend the bulk of my 2nd grade math time doing two things: 1.) Setting up math rotations and 2.) Working on addition fact fluency strategies to build automaticity. I like to focus on addition fact

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exploring math manipulatives

Exploring Math Manipulatives

At the beginning of the year, it’s so important to set up procedures and expectations for everything, but ESPECIALLY when it comes to your math centers. That’s why I let my students spend time exploring math manipulatives! In order to have successful math rotations, students must know how to complete

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Math Exit Tickets for Formative Assessment

Assess Your Students in 5 Minutes or Less! Taking formative assessments in math doesn’t have to be stressful or time consuming. I love to use math exit tickets aligned to standards that are quick and easy to have students to complete. Plus, I want to have as much time as

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