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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 27, 2016

Jumping Grades: What to Expect When Teaching One Extreme to the Next

    If I could go back to the summer before moving to first grade, what would I have wanted to tell myself? How would I prepare myself for a large jump from older students to primary students?   For the first 11 years, I taught middle school, enriched reading and technology.   When I >>>

August 20, 2016

Editable Specials Schedule Cards

  I’m so excited to share these cards with you (video originally shared on Facebook)! Many teachers at my school already use these and we have loved using them for at least 5 years. These schedule cards works best with primary grades and special education students. Students can use the picture clue to figure out >>>

August 17, 2016

5 Things Teachers Love to Hear

5 things teachers love to hear from Melissa Williams   There are so many things we teachers hear that make us jump for joy! From the sound of children gasping at a new wonder they just learned, to the announcement that the last bus is being loaded at the end of the day. Here are just a >>>

August 15, 2016

WBT’s 122 Amazing Games Chapters 7, 8, and 9 Book Talk

How does ASL (American Sign Language) help me teach math in a fun and engaging way? Oh, if you have difficulty teaching place value with tens and ones then keep reading. This is Pin-worthy! There are so many more WBT games to learn! Freebies too!     Chapter 7–Math Games (all free on Whole Brain >>>

August 13, 2016

Top 5 Ways to Grow Vocabulary

Did you know there are 20+ critical vocabulary words that primary students should know before moving on to 3rd grade? There was a time that I didn’t. If you teach primary students, teaching critical vocabulary is important for us to teach starting now. If you teach upper elementary, you’ll know why it’s important to grow vocabulary >>>

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