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How to Prevent Summer Learning Loss: 5+ Tips for Beating Summer Slide

Summer is the best, isn’t it? Except for the dreaded “Summer Slide” or Summer Learning Loss. Read on for some tips to prevent summer learning loss! (This post does contain Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase through these links, I receive a small commission at no cost to you! Thanks so much!) Prevent Summer Learning Loss Tip 1: Read! Encourage your child (or students) to read over the summer! Many libraries host summer reading programs where children can earn prizes for summer reading! Our local library also has an amazing app that lets you check out and read books digitally.

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7 Fun October Activities You NEED in Your Primary Classroom

October Activities are my favorite activities! Ahhhhhhh! Fall is a lovely season here in Indiana. This is a great time of year for being a teacher as well. The kiddos are finally into the routine (hopefully), your teacher stamina is built up, and things are humming along. Not to mention you can get out all of your cute jeans and sweaters! I have a few October Activities to help your October be even better! And yes, there are freebies as well! So, without further ado… 7 Fun October Activities You NEED in Your Primary Classroom October Activities #1: Pumpkin Math!

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Math Activities for Early Finishers with Free Pattern Block Challenge Mats

4 Fun Math Activities for Early Finishers

Math Activities for Early Finishers 1: Flashcards I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine always need extra practice with their basic math facts! A super simple way to practice their math facts is with flashcards! They don’t need to be fancy, in fact, you could have the kiddos make their own with index cards, or you could buy a few sets to have in your classroom like these: (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!) When the kiddos are done

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Pattern Block Activities (with freebies)

Ah, Pattern Block Activities! Confession Time. Pattern blocks are my favorite! If I get any time during my school day to get on floor and interact with my students, I choose to play with Pattern Blocks! I LOVE using pattern blocks in my classroom!  There are so many great activities that you can do with these versatile math manipulatives!  Read on to see how I use these fun math tools in my classroom. This blog post does contain an affiliate link for Amazon.  If you choose to purchase something through the links provided, I do receive a small commission at

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Math Read Aloud: Data Collection and Graphing!

Oh my goodness!  Oh my goodness!  I am so excited about this ADORABLE book!  I even moved out of my comfort zone to create a *gasp* math freebie!  This book is a great math read aloud that lends itself really well to a little data collection and graphing activity!  Read on to see what has inspired me…This post does contain affiliate links.  If you use the link I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks so much for your support. Math Read Aloud: I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey Hello!  So happy to see you! 

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Pumpkin Math

Pumpkin Math Fun: How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin Math time! This super engaging, hands-on, inquiry-based math activity is one of our favorites! I have a great book suggestion and a freebie for you! We start by doing estimates with our pumpkins:  How much does it weight?  What is its circumference?  How long is the pumpkin’s stem?  How many seeds do you think are inside? We record these on our sheets with a thin marker or crayon before we start. This helps with changing our estimates when we learn the real answer. 😉 Then, we start our pumpkin math investigations working on

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I Can Notebooks or Keeping Track of Data

Data, data and more data!   I feel like everytime I turn around I need to make sure that I can back it up with data! So, how am I taming the data monster? I can notebooks! This is where the kiddos are going to keep track of their own learning! This is the cover.  When you first open it up, the label on the front pocket says: Reading Sheets.  The kiddos will be doing a daily reading response at the end of Reading Workshop (I do a modified version of Daily 5!).  This is where they will keep their papers!

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Building Mathematical Comprehension Book Study!

Summer vacation is the best isn’t it?  I love getting up when I want (usually about 6:30 due to everyone else in the house being up).  I can exercise when I want, I have time to read and to blog.  I have no excuse for not blogging, but I have been busy enjoying my new freedom (taking long baths and napping mostly!)So!  Here is one of the books that I am reading this summer!  Building Mathematical Comprehension by Laney Sammons of Guided Math fame!Today I am sharing my thoughts on Chapter 2: Recognizing and Understanding Mathematical Vocabulary.First off, let me

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area lesson for 2nd grade

Area lesson for 2nd Grade

I most definitely cannot take credit for this adorable area lesson for 2nd grade idea, I saw it on Pinterest, then remembered to do the activity from my wonderful teaching friend.   Area Critters!Well, some critters and other whatnots. All you need is:  1 in. graph paper Construction paper pencils and crayons Imaginative kiddos My 2nd graders had a great time with this activity. Here’s what some of my darlings came up with: Aren’t the turtles cute?   T-Rex     Snowy Owl   not a critter, but a birthday cake!   I thought that they were pretty original! Don’t

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