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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.

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 >>>

March 15, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Prepositions, Hundred Chart Mystery and Make a Ten

I’m so excited about St. Patrick’s Day this year! We are going to have so much fun learning and playing with leprechauns. Here’s how our day begins. 1. First off, we are going to talk about prepositions. Our cute leprechaun will teach, review and informally assess in a PowerPoint slideshow. Not only that, I slipped >>>

February 19, 2017

8 Picture Books that Help Teach the Equal Sign

Looking for some books that will help teach the equal sign? Well, have you considered books on balance and comparing? Check out these books that would be a perfect collection to help you teach the concept of the equal sign, as well as link to science standards and critical academic vocabulary like “compare”!   Also, >>>

February 6, 2017

5 Ways to Engage Students to Learn Academic Vocabulary

      Read alouds with picture books. I like using an easy to read and understand story that is well known. It could be fiction or nonfiction. My favorite story to use is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I start off the year reading versions of the story. The characters and plot are very >>>

January 10, 2017

Teaching the Equal Sign and What it Really Means

Teaching the Equal Sign and What it Really Means We have been learning about the meaning of the equal sign this week. It can be a challenging concept for first graders to understand. Even my math wizards look at me funny when I say that it’s true that any number is equal to itself. “Yes, >>>

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