How on earth did Halloween happen to fall on a Monday - yikes?! Mondays are a big day with us; we launch our new weekly unit for reading with lots of new words, stories, and writing projects. With costumes, parades, classroom parties and dreams of trick and treating and all that FREE CANDY occupying little minds, I will be honest, it was tough to feel very effective as a teacher ... Read More about Halloween on a Monday…oh my.
Somehow elementary school still used that lined brown paper that rips and has low contrast with student writing. Honestly, it makes. me. crazy. To avoid using that lined paper, I created a resource of lined paper that compliments any spelling program. Mondays are our pretest. Then students are put either on one of two lists. Then, during the week we work on our spelling words in small groups, ... Read More about Spelling Lined Paper!
Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission should you choose to make a purchase. We do and we LOVE our Osmo station in our classroom! I started with the Osmo Genius Kit which has all the necessary pieces to get you started and can be used in both math and reading centers. Getting Started You will need a regular ... Read More about Do you Osmo?
Yes, a Tech Team in an elementary classroom. It works and is just short of magical in the way it will transform your students and classroom management while using Technology. Does the thought of managing the computer login process send you hiding under your desk? Especially if you teach in an elementary classroom. I. Hear. You. my friend. Let me tell you my story. Last year our school ... Read More about Classroom Tech Teams
What could small reading groups and witch fingers have in common? Well, in October, and thoughts of trick or treating making my kiddos delirious, everything. The local Target now has a Halloween dollar section! What could be better than that I ask you!? Well, not much in my book. I bought a set for each of my guided reading groups in my classroom, and we used them to make sure we were on ... Read More about Guided Reading and Witch Fingers
At the beginning of each new school year, I have my students create these owls via a direct drawing video on the Art For Kids Hub. The reason this directed drawing is so perfect for the beginning of the year and building community in the classroom is the branch. When the drawings are complete, I place them together so that the branch aligns with the drawing on either side. I love the effect ... Read More about Owl Directed Drawings
Morning work begins with Play-doh! I started using Play-doh with my second-grade students as a form of word work and they love it. The texture is so engaging, even my older students enjoy the activities! There are so many ways to use Play-doh in the classroom. Here is a list of ideas for you: Play-doh is a great ice breaker for the first day of school! East first-day jitters - Set out ... Read More about Ways to Use Play-doh in the Classroom