8 Quick & Easy Morning Meeting Games Your Class Will LOVE

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 Common Subitizing Mistakes that Teachers Make

Subitizing got you stumped? Keep reading for some helpful things to do, and things to avoid when teaching subitizing. 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 kids to subitize? Keep reading to learn about common mistakes teachers make with subitizing – as well as how to teach it effectively. But first, let’s start with a critical question: What does subitizing […]

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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: Simple Tricks & Tips

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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How to Do Readers’ Theater: Keeping It Simple, But Fun

Have you always wondered how to do readers’ theater? Are you wondering what readers theater actually is and why it’s used in the classroom? Keep reading to find out answers to these common questions about readers’ theater. My students adore readers’ theater. Their faces light up anytime I pull out a script and they beg to do “the play.” And their reading fluency improves so much when they are reading the script. That’s why this is one of my favorite […]

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How to Make School Fun with Social Distancing

Are you trying to figure out how to make school fun with social distancing? It takes a little extra creativity, but it can be done. This blog post shares 12 fun ideas you can try today! I’m living a life I never imagined I’d live… one filled with masks and social distancing. Never in my wildest dreams (or nightmares), did I imagine teaching would be like this! I have always found immense joy in teaching – but that joy is […]

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13 Fun Alphabet Activities for Kindergarten Teachers: Ideas Kids Will Love

These fun alphabet activities for kindergarten will help your students learn letter names and sounds in no time! We’ve all seen it before… the children who enter kindergarten without knowing letter names are the children who struggle with reading in first and second grade. It is a predictable trend that has been dubbed “The Matthew Effect” by Keith Stanovich (1986). As in, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. As a K-1 reading interventionist, my mission is to […]

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Parent Teacher Conferences – Ideas and Tips for Teachers

Get great parent teacher conference ideas and tips in this blog. You will learn what parents want to know and what work samples will help parents better understand their child’s progress. When I think of parent teacher conferences, lot of things come to mind: long days, lots of preparation, and the opportunity to learn more about the children I spend my days with. I truly LOVE parent teacher conferences, despite the amount of work involved. I find it rewarding to […]

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