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Fun and Low-Prep STEM Playdough Activities

STEM Playdough Activities are a huge hit in my classroom! Read on to learn more about STEM/STEAM and easy and fun ways that you can incorporate STEM/STEAM into your classroom! This post does contain affiliate links to Amazon.  If you do purchase something through my links I receive a small commission at no cost to you! What is STEM/STEAM? What is STEM/STEAM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEAM adds in the A for Art. These fields all share an emphasis on creative thinking, problem-solving, innovating, and critical thinking, all the things that we would like our students

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Fun Back to School Teaching Ideas. Back to School Made Easy!

It’s that time of year….Back to School! The Reading Crew is here with some back to school teaching ideas! Stick around to find some amazing back-to-school teaching ideas, freebies, and a giveaway! Back to school Teaching Ideas: 1st Day Keepsake Mini-Book! The first day is always so exciting and filled with activity! One of the first writing activities that I like to do is a first day of school mini-book. This is so super easy. You print, copy, and give each kiddo a mini-book. If you would like, you could add a picture of yourself or your bitmoji (I don’t

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How to Add Details to Writing Mini-Lessons

How to add details to writing is one of the things that I work on teaching my students ALL YEAR LONG! Read on to get more details (see what I did there…)? How to add details to writing Lesson 1: Sensory Details Objectives: I can add details to my writing. I can add sensory details to my writing. First of all, students need to understand what detail is. A detail is something that you add to your writing to make it easier for your reader to understand, or to make your writing more interesting for your writer. Discuss different types

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5 Easy Responding to Reading Ideas!

As a primary teacher one of my favorite classroom activities is Responding to Reading! It is so important to let students express their thoughts and ideas about what you are reading and what they are reading! Read on for 5 Responding to Reading Ideas! Responding to Reading Idea #1 Let them talk! The easiest and my favorite responding to reading idea is to let your students talk! The procedure in my classroom is if the book is facing me, we are listening intently. If the book is facing you (the students), you can make a quick comment to your partner

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5 Ways to use Writing Prompts with Pictures

Teaching writing can be difficult, but today I am going to share with you five fun ways to use writing prompts with pictures to enhance your writing instruction! Read on… My second graders LOVE using writing prompts with pictures! I try to use them in my writing instruction as much as possible.  Picture writing prompts are such a fun, visual way to help your students write!  Here are 5 ways that you can use Picture Writing Prompts in your classroom! 1. Use Writing Prompts with Pictures in your Writing Lessons Writing lessons are always more fun when you use writing

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Back to School 2020-2021: 5 Things I am doing to get started!

Well, now we know the plan for going back to school in 2020.  Read on to see what is happening in my neck of the woods! This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.  That means if you purchase anything through Amazon using the links provided, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support!   The schools that I teach for are offering 2 choices.  1. Distance Learning:  All instruction will be provided via the computer.  2. In-Class Learning.     So, for our in-class learners, we are going back to school this year on

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Back to School 2020

    Wow.  I really am not sure how to start this post. But, here we go.   In my experience, teachers by nature are planners. I usually spend a large chunk of my summer vacation making plans for the next school year. As of right now, our school district does not have an opening plan in place. I am really glad that they are taking their time.  I am really glad that there are several (a lot) of teachers on the reopening committee.  But I am really nervous about what this coming school year is going to entail. Read on

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Tales from Distance Learning

Such strange times we are living in.  As I write this post, I am still in quarantine, but the state is slowly starting to reopen.  I am in an area with more cases of COVID-19, so we will be a week behind the rest of the state.  The last day that I was in school with my students was Friday, March 13, 2020. Our school year is winding down, with only a few days left of school… A little background… I am fortunate enough to be in a school system where the students have 1:1 devices.  All students in our

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Ideas for Writing Journals for Elementary Students

I LOVE using Writing Journals with my students.  So much, that I am doing a blog series about Writing Journal Ideas for Elementary Students!  Welcome to Part 2!  If you missed Part 1, you can find it HERE! Writing Journal Ideas Part 2: Writing Journal Types Just as varied as styles, there are tons of different types of journals you could have in your classroom. Subject Journals:  You could have journals for any of the subjects that you teach.  This could lead to having a TON of journals.  Or, if you are using a binder as a journal you could have different sections

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5 Journal Ideas for Elementary Students

I LOVE using Writing Journals with my students.  So much, that I am doing a blog series about Journal Ideas for Elementary Students!  Welcome to Part 1! Please note that this post does contain Amazon Affiliate links.  If you purchase anything from Amazon through these links I receive a small commission at no cost to you! Keep reading and don’t forget to grab your freebie! 5 Journal Ideas for Elementary Students! Creating Writing Journals To get started you will need some journal writing ideas of the type of journals that you want to create for or with your students.  There

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Fun Teaching Ideas for January: #2 is my Favorite!

Welcome Back!  It’s time to start thinking about getting back into the groove!  I don’t know about you, but the school year FLIES after Christmas Break!  So, I am here to share some teaching ideas for January.Please note that this post does contain Amazon Affiliate links.  If you purchase anything from Amazon through these links I receive a small commission at no cost to you!Keep reading and don’t forget to grab your freebie! Teaching Ideas for January: Back to School “Bootcamp” So, the first few days of school back from the break we spend some time reviewing our classroom rules

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Organizing Your Classroom Library

So, if you have been around here at all, you will know that I am a children’s book addict enthusiast.  My classroom library is more of a library that has a classroom in it.  This year though my classroom library was starting to become a point of stress in my classroom. What do I mean?  Let me show you. It may help you with organizing your classroom library! This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon. Before my Classroom Library Makeover: A lot of my book boxes were stored on these metal cubes.  They worked FANTASTIC for the first few

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