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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

12 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 12+ FREE December Classroom Activities

5+ Christmas Math and Reading Activities

Download 5 FREE holiday math activities! Get 5 free holiday math activities including seasonal board games, puzzles, crafts, and more! You’re not alone if you feel like the month of December is always crazy busy. Schedule changes, class parties, general excitement and energy from students… it’s a lot! You can

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