Monthly Poems
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by Melissa
1w ago
Building fluency in students takes a lot of practice, patience, and perseverance. However, all the work involved is worth it, as students need to be fluent readers. Since teachers understand this importance, they find creative ways to improve fluency. For instance, practice does not always need to be in the form of passages. It can be reading poems and songs! Both of these allow students to practice reading in creative formats. Thankfully, the Monthly Poems for February and A Year of Poems and Songs are ready to go! Students will love building fluency with these activities.  Monthly Poem ..read more
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New Things To Try In the New year
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by Melissa
2M ago
As the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, people make new resolutions and goals for their personal lives. However, teachers also have students do this before or after the break. Many of these include hopes for their academics and where they can improve. While this is important for students to do, it is also important for teachers. When students return from break, it is the perfect time to make changes. Whether in academics or behavior management, it is a fantastic opportunity to make changes. So, let’s explore some new things to try in the New Year. Students will love fresh and exciting ideas in th ..read more
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Favorite Phonics Activities
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by Melissa
4M ago
Phonics instruction is crucial in developing the reading and writing skills of our students. With the right lessons and activities, students do not memorize words. Instead, they gain deep insight into why words have the spellings they do. They learn to sound out unfamiliar words and how vowel teams and blends impact pronunciation. Students even learn about syllable types! Since this instruction is a critical aspect of elementary education, let’s explore favorite phonics activities! Students will have so much fun with phonics instruction.  I Have Who Has  When incorporating favorite ..read more
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October Differentiated Reading Comprehension Passages
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by Melissa
5M ago
Honestly, there are not enough words to describe how hard it is to teach students to read. Since everyone picks up decoding, blending, and segmenting at different speeds, every student is at a different place. While differentiation is critical when learning to read, planning and creating resources can become overwhelming. However, it is essential to remember that students feel the same way! They will feel bored or overwhelmed if lessons are not at their level. Teachers never want students to feel this way when learning how amazing it is to be a reader! Thankfully, the October Differentiated Re ..read more
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Building Relationships and a Classroom Community
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by Melissa
5M ago
As students settle into their new classroom, they may have all sorts of nerves. For instance, many need time to warm up to a new teacher and routines. Students are also nervous about who they will sit by at lunch and play with at recess. So, teachers work hard to help students get to know each other. Building relationships and a classroom community is essential to a supportive, welcoming environment. Thankfully, classroom discussion is a fantastic way to do this!  Importance of Discussions  Students love to talk! Honestly, they will talk about anything at any time. However, they wil ..read more
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Teddy Bear Day
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by Melissa
6M ago
Did you know September 9th is National Teddy Bear Day in the US and October 27th internationally? This day is always popular among students since they love to cuddle soft teddy bears! So, teachers can celebrate this holiday on the actual day or anytime during the school year! Students will love it no matter when the celebration occurs. Thankfully, Teddy Bear Day is ready to go and full of fun teddy bear activities! Students will love celebrating with classmates while working on so many fun activities.  Teddy Bear Day  This resource has everything teachers need to have a fun themed da ..read more
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Phonics Assessments
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by Melissa
6M ago
When many teachers were in elementary school themselves, they learned to read by memorizing words and reading pictures. However, reading instruction is much different today! There is now a significant focus on teaching phonics. Now that we know more about English, we can teach students with stronger instruction. Thankfully, the Phonics Assessments ensure teachers have amazing insight into which skills students confidently know and which need more instruction.  Phonics Instruction  Instead of memorizing all the words, students learn the why behind them. So, they know why and when a v ..read more
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Ideas for the Morning
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by Melissa
6M ago
Honestly, how the morning starts is a great predictor of how the way will go. So, if students come in loud and excited, they will often continue like this. While it is nice to see students so happy, it can be hard to channel this much excitement into learning. This is why it is essential to have ideas for the morning! Students need to know exactly what to do when entering the classroom for there to be a supportive learning environment.  Morning Work  If morning work is ready before students enter the classroom, they will know exactly what to do after putting their bookbags away. For ..read more
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Classroom Must-Haves for Back to School
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by Melissa
7M ago
As teachers plan for the new school year, they often make needed purchases. These items may be something they wished they had last year or saw this summer. Either way, teachers do everything they can to create a welcoming, supportive environment for students. So, I am excited to share my classroom must-haves for back to school with Amazon affiliate links! While every classroom has different needs, this list is perfect for new and veteran teachers! Budget-Friendly List  Teachers spend so much of their own money on the classroom. Honestly, they do this out of the kindness in their heart for ..read more
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1st Grade Phonics Curriculum
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by Melissa
7M ago
Students build the foundation for the rest of their lives during elementary school. For instance, they start by learning letters and transition into writing words. Then, they progress to writing sentences and paragraphs. Since this knowledge is crucial to being a reader and writer, teachers know the importance of engaging, hands-on activities. Thankfully, the 1st Grade Phonics Curriculum is ready to make instruction fun and meaningful for students!  Phonics Instruction  Many teachers did not have strong phonics instruction when they were in school. However, recent studies show how e ..read more
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