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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

### 5 Simple Activities to Teach Writing Complete Sentences

When it comes to writing complete sentences, students (and teacher) often find this tricky, frustrating, and just all-around problematic! Today I want to share with you my favorite activities for writing complete sentences so students can write them and start writing strong, detailed, descriptive sentences! Writing Complete Sentences: The Basics

### 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 a few 2-3 digit subtraction strategies that will help your students develop a deeper understanding of subtraction. These strategies do not focus

### 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

### 6 Fun Fall Classroom Activities for Halloween and Thanksgiving

Every year I absolutely love doing all the fall classroom activities. When I can integrate thematic reading and writing activities, it’s a win-win! Just like when I shared about apple ideas during September, these fall classroom activities and ideas are perfect for October and November! 5 Fall Classroom Activities 1.

### 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 a few different 2-3 digit addition strategies I focus on in my classroom. While I do teach the standard algorithm (vertical), these strategies do not focus it. In this post, you’ll see examples and 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

### 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!

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

### 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