10 Fun Morning Greetings for Students

Are you looking for some new, fun morning greetings for students? These 10 greetings are the perfect addition to your morning meeting! “Good morning, Cody.” “Good morning, Aleah. Good morning, Micah.” “Good morning, Aleah. Good morning, Manuel.” These are the welcoming sounds of students engaged in the greeting for a morning meeting. It warms my heart to hear it daily. The morning greeting sets the tone for our school day. In this blog post I will describe the purpose for […]

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4 Common Mistakes When Teaching Money to Kids

Teaching money to kids is hard. Read this blog post to find ways to make it easier for kids to learn how to count money. I sat next to Damien, helping him count the handful of coins in front of him. We had been practicing coins for weeks and I was hoping he finally had it… He picked up the quarter and quickly said, “25.” I smiled. Then he pointed to the pile of nickels and said, “Are these dimes […]

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Mistakes Teachers Make when Teaching Place Value

Teaching place value in 1st grade can be tricky. It feels so abstract and confusing to kids. How can one number (2) mean a different number (200)? Sometimes our instruction inadvertently adds to the confusion. Read about some mistakes teachers make when teaching place value and how to avoid those mistakes. I was recently teaching place value in 1st grade. The task: Identify the value of the underlined digit. The number 26 was on the board. We’d been working on […]

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Subitizing Math Centers in Kindergarten

Are you looking for some subitizing math centers for kindergarten? This blog post will share 8 fun subitizing activities that are perfect for kindergarten math centers! Why Use Subitizing Math Centers in Kindergarten? Teachers often use math centers in order to individualize instruction. Having students work in centers gives teachers time to either work with students in a small group or within one of the math centers during center time. What Can Kids Do During Math Centers? Subitizing skills are […]

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8 Quick & Easy Morning Meeting Games

The morning meeting is a joy-filled time of day. Kids love it – especially the morning meeting games/activities. But teachers often wonder, what are some good morning meeting games and activities? I shared a few of my favorites in my post that gave an overview of the morning meeting routine, but I will share a few more in this post. In the Responsive Classroom morning meeting, each day includes a short, but fun activity. (Note, they don’t use the word […]

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Why You Need Readers’ Theater in 1st Grade

Have you tried Readers Theater in a 1st grade classroom? If you haven’t, you should consider it soon. I have used Readers’ Theater with 1st graders for many years and I can’t recommend it enough. One year my students enjoyed it so much that they started creating their own Readers’ Theaters during their spare time. They would actually spend inside recess and their daily choice time performing Readers’ Theater scripts for classmates. In fact, they often used Elephant and Piggie […]

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5 Mistakes Teachers Make When Teaching Subitizing

Not sure how to teach subitizing? Keep reading for some helpful things to do, and things to avoid. Subitizing. It’s a foundation for number sense and mental math. Students who can subitize have stronger math skills. So, what are some tips and tricks for teaching subitizing? Believe it or not, you can improve your students’ subitizing skills with a few simple routines. Keep reading to learn about common mistakes teachers make with subitizing – as well as how to teach […]

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Survive the First Day of School after Distance Learning

Preparing for the first day of school after distance learning? Here are 8 helpful tips to help you survive this unique day. Hooray! You survived pandemic teaching and are excited to start a new (and more normal) year. There’s only one little problem… Your new first graders spent little (or no) time in the school building last year. You have a new-found appreciation for the work the kindergarten teachers do each year, teaching students “how school works.” Now that task […]

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6 Fun Question of the Day Activities

Looking for some new question of the day activities for your classroom? The question of the day routine can be used for so many things in preschool, kindergarten or 1st grade. Here are 6 creative ways you can use this routine. New to question of the day? Get 30 FREE questions about hobbies and activities here. Attendance: Display your question in a pocket chart or on a magnetic board. Then place a card/token with each child’s name in a space […]

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Teaching Place Value to 1st Graders

Teaching place value. It’s critical because it’s a foundation to understanding our number system, but it also presents a challenge for some children. They have to shift from the one by one counting they have practiced for years to an understanding that “one” can actually represent ten, one hundred, or more. But, as a teacher, there are things you can do to make this task easier for your students. Intentional teaching helps them be successful with this new math task. […]

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