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### Differentiating Math Centers Easily

During guided math, my students went to 3 math rotations a day. Teacher table, independent work, and math centers. I love, love, LOVE using math centers in the classroom! I loved meeting with my small groups during meet with the teacher because I could work with each small group at

### Math Fact Fluency Friday: The Best Way to End the Week

I don’t know about you, but I love Fridays. There’s something about the happiness of a Friday that makes us as teachers change things up a little bit. In my 2nd grade classroom, we always had “Free Choice Friday” for the last 20 minutes of the day, but in the

### 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.

### Introducing Multiplication: How To 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

### 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

### 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

### 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

### Cause and Effect Activities: Teaching Tips and Ideas

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

### 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 guided

### 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