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Math Journals For First Grade
At the beginning of the school year I shared a post on how to get students started on math journals.   I began using math journals as a part of my guided math rotations three years ago mid year!  It was such a great experience! I had my doubts on how studen...
At the beginning of the school year I shared a post on how to get students started on math journals. I began using math journals as a part of my guided math rotations three years ago mid year! It was such a great experienc...
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Planning Writing Instruction
My very first year of teaching (1997) our school focus was on writing.  As a new teacher, this was a hefty goal.  I was going through teacher shock trying to process all the information, techniques, planning, and lesson materials for every subject.  Writing...
My very first year of teaching (1997) our school focus was on writing. As a new teacher, this was a hefty goal. I was going through teacher shock trying to process all the information, techniques, planning, and lesson mater...
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How I Track Sight Words and Fluency
Last week I attended the First Grade Conference in Nashville (Franklin) Tennessee.  More on the amazing teachers I met there later in this post...  During my guided reading session, I was asked how I track sight words.  I did my best to describe these littl...
Last week I attended the First Grade Conference in Nashville (Franklin) Tennessee. More on the amazing teachers I met there later in this post... During my guided reading session, I was asked how I track sight words. I did...
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Thanksgiving Lesson Ideas
It's the special time when we learn about our families, traditions, and the first Thanksgiving!  To help integrate those concepts with reading and writing, here is another interactive social studies keepsake book! It starts as a pilgrim shirt.  All of these...
It's the special time when we learn about our families, traditions, and the first Thanksgiving! To help integrate those concepts with reading and writing, here is another interactive social studies keepsake book! It starts a...
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Big Sale!
This is one of the most difficult weeks for a teacher.  Around here we have parent teacher conferences, Halloween, Red Ribbon Week, and even a FULL MOON! It's just too much!!! Maybe a little online shopping for lesson planning will help take some of the str...
This is one of the most difficult weeks for a teacher. Around here we have parent teacher conferences, Halloween, Red Ribbon Week, and even a FULL MOON! It's just too much!!! Maybe a little online shopping for lesson plannin...
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Fall Centers and Printables
There's safety in centers.  I never felt like I had enough!  I love to use them to teach because the student interest is automatic.   This particular set pictured below has 10 math centers, 10 math journals, and 10 math printables.   All of the skills in th...
There's safety in centers. I never felt like I had enough! I love to use them to teach because the student interest is automatic. This particular set pictured below has 10 math centers, 10 math journals, and 10 math print...
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Teaching Coins, Data, and Graphing!
When it comes to teaching coins, data, and graphing, I find that student interest is HIGH!  Students get excited about touching money, counting money, and of course spending money too!  I have a few tricks up my sleeve I would love to share to help you "cap...
When it comes to teaching coins, data, and graphing, I find that student interest is HIGH! Students get excited about touching money, counting money, and of course spending money too! I have a few tricks up my sleeve I woul...
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December Math Games, Journals, and Printables
Transforming my house for the holidays brings out a magical excitement that the entire family enjoys each year.  Just like we decorate our home, we also want to excite our little learners at school with standards based "work" dressed up with seasonal fun! H...
Transforming my house for the holidays brings out a magical excitement that the entire family enjoys each year. Just like we decorate our home, we also want to excite our little learners at school with standards based "work"...
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Guided Math
This year, I have taken my years of math lesson plans and created a day by day guide for whole group and small group instruction!  It's been therapeutic for me to go day by day and create a cohesive learning guide complete with whole group and small group m...
This year, I have taken my years of math lesson plans and created a day by day guide for whole group and small group instruction! It's been therapeutic for me to go day by day and create a cohesive learning guide complete wi...
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America the Brave! Election Day and Veterans Day
 November is a BIG month for Social Studies.  Just as October was packed with terrific themes we can now shift into a new focus of learning about our country, our war heroes, and Election Day.  To be honest, I didn't always love these themes quite as much a...
November is a BIG month for Social Studies. Just as October was packed with terrific themes we can now shift into a new focus of learning about our country, our war heroes, and Election Day. To be honest, I didn't always lo...
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All the Phonics!
One area that I love to teach is phonics.  If you read this blog you already know that!  I'm excited that my BIG phonics bundle is finally complete!  This bundle has 5 interactive activities for each of the 32 spelling patterns covered in first grade. The f...
One area that I love to teach is phonics. If you read this blog you already know that! I'm excited that my BIG phonics bundle is finally complete! This bundle has 5 interactive activities for each of the 32 spelling patter...
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Create Your Best Math Workshop
 Hello!  I am preparing for some upcoming conferences beginning next month.  As I am preparing, I have been doing some reflecting on all things math. I can't help but notice how much I tweak adjust my math workshop (guided math) time each year!  I am wonder...
 Hello!  I am preparing for some upcoming conferences beginning next month.  As I am preparing, I have been doing some reflecting on all things math. I can't help but notice how much I tweak adjust my math workshop (guided ma...
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