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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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My Favorite 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 download

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Christmas Crafts in the Classroom

Not sure how to incorporate Christmas Crafts in the classroom? Read on here to learn how and why! I’ve taught primarily first and second grade for my entire teaching career, and doing Christmas crafts in the classroom are some of my favorite activities to plan! I know some teachers have

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How to Write Complete Sentences with a Fun Halloween Twist

Teaching students how to write complete sentences is such an important skill, but it can also be extremely difficult and frustrating! When students learn how to write complete sentences filled with descriptive details, their writing improves immensely. How do I teach students what makes a complete sentence? There are a

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Main Idea In A Paragraph: How to Win Big

Finding the main idea in a paragraph can be so hard for students to understand and find. Sharing with you today are some tips and realizations I’ve learned after teaching for many years, about how to best start main idea instruction! Learn some tips and suggestions here to help you

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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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Summer Learning to Keep Student Skills Sharp

As we head into the end of the school year, you’ll be talking about the summer slide with your students and families. Don’t let all of the hard work of this school year slip over the summer! Keep student skills sharp summer learning activities.

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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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