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Sarah Wilson
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Composing a Ten
I have recently heard from many parents, homeschoolers and teachers about teaching firsties to compose a ten.  Do you want to know the secret?  It's really quite simple: remember that first graders must follow the concrete-pictorial-abstract progression! AN...

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Gingerbread Community Helpers
This year I wanted my social studies unit to tie into the holiday season.  So I had my students take home a foam gingerbread person cut out (from the dollar store-- I bought a pack of 8 on clearance after Christmas last year for $0.50!).  They were to dress...

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Writing Rubrics
Slacking again... Okay, slacking isn't exactly what I would call it.  I am almost to the 50% mark on my M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction-- and I just started 6 months ago.  I have been working like crazy-- and there are only so many hours in a day... Unfo...

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Calendar Routine: September
Hello, Friends! With the first week of school done, I am so excited to get September underway!!   This is what my calendar looks like as we get ready to start September! If you want to know more about how I keep my students SUPER engaged during this importa...

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Back to School: First Grade Style!
We don't get a formal "Back to School Night" any more (#contract) so I made these posters to help our parents still get the same information! We have them all the way down the hall-- they are super colorful and draw your attention! :) We put them up in diff...

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Magic Sticks
This is not a new idea. But every time people are in my room, they ask about my "magic sticks". I paint one side so I can track who has been called on, and who hasn't.  (Some people paint both sides, but if you paint one, the other side is automatically a d...

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My Classroom
Here we go! I moved classrooms for the first time since our school opened-- six years in the same room! I am still sad to have moved, but love being closer to my team.  My walls are full, but I love this idea. So I made it on foam poster board-- so I can mo...

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STAR Books (Students Taking Awesome Responsibility)
Hey, Friends! I originally got this idea when student teaching with an amazing teacher, Allison Pryday, and Daybreak Elementary! I have adapted it and adjusted it to fit my school/needs.  It is such an effective tool, people ask me about it all the time. So...

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Googlie Eye Writing
This is so fun-- I hot glued two sets of googlie eyes on two separate places on paper. My kids "finished" the pictures and wrote about it. Here are some examples! What is not to love about first grade writing!! Happy day! Sarah

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A letter to the Governor
I usually don't write about things that are "political" in nature... I prefer to stick to the happy side of life in first grade. But I feel like this is important, so I am going to sneak this post in here and see what happens. Don't hate me if you disagree ...
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