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Helpful Everyday Word Work Ideas for Primary Students

Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am a certified word nerd! I love words and working with words. Word work is an important part of our students learning to read and write! Here are some helpful everyday word work ideas and spelling activities to help your students! Word Work Idea: Word Sorts I love doing word sorts with my students! A word sort is a group of words that your students sort into groups using some sort of criteria. There are so many ways that you can do word sorts. My favorite is to start with an

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Increase Student Engagement with 5 Fun Sticker Ideas for Your Classroom

Hey there! If you have been around here for a bit, you probably know that I LOVE STICKERS! I used stickers for so many things in my room, so I thought that I would share some ideas with you. My kiddos always LOVED stickers as well! It helped that the “water bottle stickers” trend started a few years ago. In this post, I share some fun ways to help you increase student engagement with some fun sticker ideas! I also have a fun Sticker Story freebie in my free resource library when you sign up for my newsletter! This post

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Cure Winter Blues with Festive Winter Activities for Your Classroom! Image of child's hand on a window

Cure Winter Blues with Festive Winter Activities in Your Classroom

Winter activities are coming! I live in an area where winter means snow. It is inevitable, the first snow of the season will happen during school hours. Stop what you are doing and take your students outside for a few minutes (if feasible). They will appreciate it, and it will help with the distraction, and it makes a great brain break. If you can’t take them outside, at least give them a minute or 2 to stare out the window and talk about the snow. It is something that they will remember! They will also remember these fun winter activities

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Cootie Catcher Instructions and Fun Ways to Use them in Your Classroom!

Beware! Cootie Catcher Instructions ahead! Making cootie catchers can be addicting. You have been warned! 🙂 Every year I have had a student who is a cootie catcher master. They learned how to make a cootie catcher from someone, now they can make them and they LOVE to show off their paper-folding prowess! I don’t know about your kiddos, but as soon as they see this paper-folding magic, they can’t get enough! What is a Cootie Catcher? A Cootie Catcher (or fortune teller) is an origami marvel that students can’t get enough of! All students need is a square piece

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5 Fun Activities for November for Really Happy Students

Fun activities for November! Ah! November! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE November. My students are in the groove (hopefully), the Halloween craziness is over, and everyone is feeling Thankful that Thanksgiving is on it’s way! Here are some activities to make your students happy in the month of November. Yup, there are some freebies as well! Read on… Fun Activities for November #1: Turkey in Disguise I cannot take credit for this one, but this is my Favorite November Activity: Disguise a Turkey! The gist is that you give your students a “naked turkey” and they decorate

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How to Successfully Teach Sequencing with Fun Writing Mini-Lessons

How to Successfully Teach Sequencing with Fun Writing Mini-Lessons

Sequencing is the identification of the pieces of a story or event— the beginning, middle, and end. It also refers to the ability to retell the events in a text in the order in which they occurred. Sequencing and retelling are great ways to improve both your students writing and their reading comprehension! Read on for some fun ways to teach sequencing in your classroom! I liked to use the gradual release of responsibility model of instruction in my classroom. Basically, it boils down to “I do… We do… You do…” so in this post, I will be giving you some

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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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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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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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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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Teacher Hack: One SUPER SIMPLE thing that I do everyday to help my teacher sanity!

So, I have to tell you honestly, I almost feel silly writing this post.  But, teaching is HARD and anything that I can do to help make it even a little easier is always a good thing! This teacher hack is really kind of a no-brainer, but I didn’t put it into practice until last year and it has really helped with my teacher sanity!   Read on! Super Simple Teacher Hack! So, here it is!  I won’t go home at the end of my teaching day until my desk is clean!  No matter what is going on, I always make sure

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