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Editable Sight Word Games

Free Editable Sight Word Games

This year, my oldest child started kindergarten, and she LOVES it! Each week she brings home an index card with 5-8 sight words to learn and practice for homework. The teacher doesn’t mind how we practice her sight words, as long as we’re working on them. Being a teacher mom, I

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Simple Activities for Phonics Practice

Coming up with simple activities for phonics practice doesn’t have to be time-consuming! This easy-to-play phonics practice game is a lifesaver! Whether you’re working on a specific phonics skill or learning new sight words, this no-prep practice game is a quick and easy way to get your students engaged and

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Picture Books for Narrative Writing

Writing workshop… the time teachers either love or dread. When teaching narrative writing, we want students to tell a story, much like in picture books. I have the perfect set of picture books you need to grab from your school library to use for your first or second-grade students. Keep

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Word Work Centers: Everything You Need to Know

So many teachers find that their word work center is boring and time-consuming to set up, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Except for guided reading groups, one of the few centers that I take the time to plan and prep each week (or month) is the word

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The Top 10 Versions of the Three Little Pigs

I love teaching compare and contrast with different versions of the Three Little Pigs. And if you’re anything like me, you LOVE a good book list. So, I compiled a list of the top 10 versions of the Three Little Pigs! Plus, at the end of this post you can

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Halloween Sentence Building Activities for Writing Complete Sentences

Teaching students how to write complete sentences is such an important skill, so make it fun with these Halloween sentence building activities this fall! When students learn how to write complete sentences filled with descriptive details, their writing improves immensely. Related Post: 10 Spooktacular Halloween Classroom Activities Teaching Students What

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Reading Groups: How to Plan Teacher Tips

Have you ever felt like planning guided reading groups each week is time-consuming, complicated, and you just don’t even know where to start? You’re not alone! Here’s a peek at how I plan my activities for guided reading groups each week! My Guided Reading Groups Binder First, if you feel

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How to Create a Student Sight Word Routine

Adding sight word practice to your students’ word work routine doesn’t have to be challenging! I’ve heard from teachers over and over that their sight word routine is inconsistent, unorganized, and sometimes non-existent! If that sounds like your classroom, it doesn’t have to be that way! You can make a

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3 Essential Routines for Word Work Activities

3 Essential Routines for Engaging Word Work Activities

An important part of literacy instruction is word work. Whether during literacy centers, guided reading, whole group instruction, or spelling practice, word work activities give students time to practice important phonics skills! Implement these 3 essential routines for word work activities in 1st grade and 2nd grade. Word Sorts Word

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Sight Word Books

Grab 3 free sight word practice books to add to your word work routine! With 5 sight words per book, students can practice tracing, coloring, reading, and writing those words!

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