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Starting in kindergarten, students need to learn oral vocabulary to correct the 1 million word gap they may have before age 5. These interactive printables introduce these words and students love creating their own "pop-up" notebooks! Pair them with emergent reader printables and paper bracelets students wear home, to share their learning for a home-to-school connection.

August 21, 2017

The Most Critical Vocabulary for Primary Students

What is the most critical vocabulary for primary students and beyond? Well, I found the list! Yes, I sure did. And for some reason, not everyone is familiar with how to get the lists. Not only that, but I know there are 55 words that K-12 students should learn, review and use before graduating. The >>>

August 11, 2017

Get ready for back to school with some of my favorite teachers!

I remember a few years back, I was going from teacher blog to teacher blog looking for some meaningful freebies to get me going my first year teaching first grade. I’d been teaching middle school up to that point and needed some primary resources fast. It took a lot of time skimming the internet for >>>

July 24, 2017

Dear First Year Teacher: A Letter to Myself in Both of My First Years of Teaching

I have had two times in my life I felt like a first year teacher. The first time was my first year out of college and I was teaching middle school. The second time was after 11 years of teaching middle school, I went to first grade. That was such a large jump in grades >>>

May 21, 2017

Sticky Vocabulary: Teach, Remember, and Use Words Daily

Frozen fractals. Ask any child to sing Disney’s Frozen theme song and they will sing the part, “..frozen fractals all around!” This is proof that primary students (and even preschoolers) can learn to pronounce challenging vocabulary. Our job is to teach the meaning of those big words in a way that sticks, but how? Pin it >>>

March 30, 2017

7 Alliteration Activities That Are Beyond Peter Piper And His Peppers!

When I think of teaching alliteration to K-2 students, I think of silly sentences like Peter Piper and Sally by the Seashore. I found out that alliteration can be so much more than that! Here are just a few ideas.   1. Search your favorite video site for “alliteration” and many videos that introduce or >>>

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