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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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Cause and Effect Activities

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

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Christmas Math & Reading Activities

The month of December is always crazy busy, and I’m totally one to just embrace the chaos! Students are excited. The holidays are almost here (not to mention a two-week winter break)! That’s why I love integrating Christmas math & reading activities in the classroom. My Favorite Christmas Math &

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Main Idea and Details Activities

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

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Teacher tips for writing complete sentences

Writing Complete Sentences

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

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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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prepping reading centers

Setting Up Your Reading Centers

Have you ever been to a professional development where you left and felt like you had 1,000 things to do? It’s can be so stressful figuring out how to get your reading centers and literacy stations ready! Recently I spent some time working with a few teachers on setting up

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Organizing Math and Reading Rotations

Are you stressed about organizing your math & 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… Feel lost when it comes to organizing your small groups? Worry about meeting with all

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Word Work Centers & Phonics Instruction

When setting up your word work centers, there’s lots of 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 keep

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No Prep Sight Word Game

Looking for a new way to practice sight words? Today I’m sharing with you my favorite sight word game that my students LOVE! Bonus: It’s a NO PREP, easy to implement game! No Prep Sight Word Game Directions This game is called Guess My Sight Word and works best if

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