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Shades of Meaning & Strong Word Choice

Help early elementary students improve their writing by teaching word choices through integrating shades of meaning. These strategies will help your students grow as writers! Anyone else ever get totally sick of seeing your students use the most booooooring words ever in their writing?? The word choice is just downright

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Digital Phonics for First Grade & Second Grade

With our current pandemic, teaching remotely is becoming very common. Plus, we don’t know how long distance learning will last. So, I wanted to create an engaging way for first grade and second grade students to practice phonics skills. That’s why I’ve designed these digital phonics activities! Even if you’re

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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

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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

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5 Activities to Make Writing Complete Sentences a Breeze

When it comes to writing complete sentences, students (and teachers) often find this tricky, frustrating, and problematic! Today I’m sharing my favorite activities for writing complete sentences so students can learn to write them and begin writing strong, detailed, descriptive sentences! Writing Complete Sentences: The Basics Before you do anything

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These reading response activities are perfect for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. This resource includes monthly menus and generic choice boards. Each choice board and menu includes response ideas, prompts, templates, questions and graphic organizers for fiction and nonfiction journals. You can use these independent printable activities and worksheets daily, weekly, or monthly!

Reading Response 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

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How to Get Started with Literacy Reading Centers

3 Steps to Setting Up Your Reading Centers

Does figuring out how to set up reading centers stress you out? Do you have some decision fatigue trying to determine which literacy centers to use in your classroom? Maybe you’ve searched “reading centers” or “literacy centers” on Pinterest and found hundreds, if not thousands, of ideas for your classroom.

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Organizing Math and Reading Rotations

Are you stressed about organizing math and reading rotations? When it comes to organizing your math & reading rotations, small groups, and centers, it can get a little overwhelming! Be honest – Do you… If that sounds like you, you’re not alone! Figuring these key components of your small groups

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why you need a focus wall in your classroom

Classroom Focus Wall for Math & Reading

Putting together a classroom focus wall is a great way to display learning, so I wanted to share with you a few tips & ideas on how to put one together to fit your classroom! Why should I use a focus wall in my classroom? I like to think of

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Word Work Centers & Phonics Instruction

When setting up your word work centers, there are many different things you need to consider. In my classroom, I want my word work centers to match the phonics skills we are working on. I also think it’s important that my students can do these activities independently! That’s why I

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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!

Free Spiral review

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