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Fractions in the first grade classroom can be a CHALLENGE for sure, but I like to use a lot of hands on manipulatives and real life situations for students to see the parts and the whole of each fraction. While CCSS only requires first graders to identify 1...
Fractions in the first grade classroom can be a CHALLENGE for sure, but I like to use a lot of hands on manipulatives and real life situations for students to see the parts and the whole of each fraction. While CCSS only r...
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Read Alouds for Problem and Solution, Cause and Effect
Later in the fall and heading towards winter, we begin to really focus on problems and solutions and causes and effects in our stories. My students by this point have been introduced to these ideas, but now they will dive in and not only identify each of th...
Later in the fall and heading towards winter, we begin to really focus on problems and solutions and causes and effects in our stories. My students by this point have been introduced to these ideas, but now they will dive in ...
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My first grade students LOVE pattern blocks. They find them mesmerizing and I find that they calm even the rowdiest classroom at times! Teaching geometry is one of my favorite units in the classroom because the kids find it to be so much fun!  I thought I w...
My first grade students LOVE pattern blocks. They find them mesmerizing and I find that they calm even the rowdiest classroom at times! Teaching geometry is one of my favorite units in the classroom because the kids find it t...
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Place Value Activities!
As I have been adding lessons to my Math Workshop Curriculum , I wanted to share some of my favorite Place Value Activities!  In first grade, I like to teach everything HANDS ON. I want my students to build the numbers, feel the numbers, see the numbers. I ...
As I have been adding lessons to my Math Workshop Curriculum, I wanted to share some of my favorite Place Value Activities! In first grade, I like to teach everything HANDS ON. I want my students to build the numbers, fee...
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Read Aloud Lessons a Response Sheets!
I just wanted to stop by real quick the share a BIG update I made to my read aloud lesson unit! Last year, I came out with one-page read aloud lessons for 64 of my favorite picture books! Well, last week I went back in and added both a  reading response she...
I just wanted to stop by real quick the share a BIG update I made to my read aloud lesson unit! Last year, I came out with one-page read aloud lessons for 64 of my favorite picture books! Well, last week I went back in and...
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Free Halloween Math Games!
Fun fact about me: I was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts. For those that don't know, that is the home of the witches! I grew up in an area of town called Witchcraft Heights. Halloween is a BIG deal here and we loveeeee to have some Halloween fun in ...
Fun fact about me: I was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts. For those that don't know, that is the home of the witches! I grew up in an area of town called Witchcraft Heights. Halloween is a BIG deal here and we loveeee...
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Books to Teach Nonfiction Text Features
I love teaching nonfiction to my students. My students LOVE to learn all about animals, space, nature, etc. It is real and attainable to them and they just seem to seek that knowledge on their own.  I like to let my students know that with nonfiction they k...
I love teaching nonfiction to my students. My students LOVE to learn all about animals, space, nature, etc. It is real and attainable to them and they just seem to seek that knowledge on their own. I like to let my studen...
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Using Games to Reach Your Students!
Each year a new batch of students arrives and you can see pretty quickly which students excel with little help, which students are chugging right along at grade level, and which need a little more time, a little more guidance to figure it all out. A few yea...
Each year a new batch of students arrives and you can see pretty quickly which students excel with little help, which students are chugging right along at grade level, and which need a little more time, a little more guidance...
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Read Aloud Books for Making Connections
When students are able to make connections with a book they find more meaning to the story. They are able to better connect with the characters and the plot and really understand what is happening. While we must reel our young learners in (sometimes they ge...
When students are able to make connections with a book they find more meaning to the story. They are able to better connect with the characters and the plot and really understand what is happening. While we must reel our youn...
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Math Workshop in First Grade!
I use the workshop model in reading, writing, and math and it is a model that I truly love. It fosters independence and allows me plenty of time to get to my guided groups without all the hustle and bustle (and confusion) of rotating centers. The overall ou...
I use the workshop model in reading, writing, and math and it is a model that I truly love. It fosters independence and allows me plenty of time to get to my guided groups without all the hustle and bustle (and confusion) of ...
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Math Centers for the WHOLE YEAR!
I am always interested in what other teachers are doing over in their classrooms around the world?! What does their mini lesson look like? What does their guided practice look like? What about small groups?! I thought I would share today what my centers loo...
I am always interested in what other teachers are doing over in their classrooms around the world?! What does their mini lesson look like? What does their guided practice look like? What about small groups?! I thought I would...
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My Favorite Picture Books for Setting and Story Elements!
I recently blogged about the books I read in August and September as we focus on illustration, print concepts, and characters. As October rolls around we focus on setting and story elements and I wanted to share some of my FAVORITE picture books I use to te...
I recently blogged about the books I read in August and September as we focus on illustration, print concepts, and characters. As October rolls around we focus on setting and story elements and I wanted to share some of my...
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