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Main Idea and Details Activities Your Students Will Love

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

Writing Complete Sentences: Teacher Tips and Activities

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

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

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

Fall Classroom Activities for Halloween and Thanksgiving

Every year I absolutely love doing all of the fall classroom activities. When I can integrate thematic 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 Reading and Writing Activities:

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

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

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

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

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!