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rachel fuentes
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Book Madness
My 2nd grade students loved Book Madness! I watched my Instagram blow up with teachers doing this, and I wanted to join the bandwagon. We had a blast listening to our stories. I got the banner from Second Grade Sizzle  and the tournament headings from Brown...

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Colorful Snowflake Art
Here is a quick and easy snowflake art by Art Projects for Kids .  We first painted our backgrounds using watercolors. While students were painting I went around sprinkling kosher salt. You want to sprinkle the salt on before the paint dries.  If the paint ...

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Move Over Raskog
I love Ikea, but don't get me wrong. Every time I check for those popular Raskogs, they are always NOT IN STOCK! That's a big ouch for this teacher (I get frustration in me)! I have completely revamped my classroom into a flexible/alternative seating this s...

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Jump Around!!!
Recently, my coworkers and I have been on Fitbit's Workweek Hustle Challenges (we received Fitbits as Mother's Day gifts).  I wondered how one of my coworkers was getting her 20k+ steps a day in. She told me about her trampoline. She let me borrow it the ot...

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Ever Wondered About These Scoop Rockers?
My colleague obtained these chairs that look like baby car seats for her first grade classroom. At first, I thought they might be too small for my second graders. I always wondered if my students could fit in it.  They are called Scoop Rockers and she found...

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Standing Desks on a Budget or even FREE!
A Stand2Learn standing desk and stool.  (Courtesy of Stand2Learn) I really want to try those STANDING DESKS I keep reading about in educational journals and blogs. I was researching how to do a flexible seating arrangement in my classroom when I came across...

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I never met a pumpkin i didn't like
Here's a quick and easy pumpkin bulletin board for ya! I actually stole the idea from a great teacher friend of mine. I looked on Pinterest for the How To.  I found KinderCraze  and her link for a free pumpkin template. I used clear contact paper and had th...

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Organizing my guided reading groups
Here's another tweak from Pinterest. Organizing and keeping track of your reading groups with two simple tools. Check out What the Teacher Wants for more details on how she uses her file folder.  You can get as creative as you want! I just simply printed on...

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Yummy Reading Strategies!
This yummy book is a great resource for reading strategies! It is worth every penny to have in your reading toolbox.  I will show you some of its yumminess!  The author, Jennifer Serravallo, has collected 300 reading strategies to fit every reading level. S...

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Crushin' on my Classroom Theme
When I was a Pinterest Newbie, my first boards were all about teaching. Then, I stumbled upon a blog about classroom themes, Schoolgirl Style . I never thought of decorating my classroom with an actual theme. I just sticky taped cute posters all over the ro...
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