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Differentiated, Versatile, and Thoughtful Teaching Resources


April 2016

At Home: Spelling Word Race

Many kids have weekly spelling lists to practice and that can be tedious and boring, so I made a quick little game to help make spelling practice a little more fun!

Spelling Word Race


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Number Sense Activities for 11-20

My two year old is learning to count, but when he gets up into the teens, he gets a little confused.  13, 14, 16, 19, 20!

As kids are learning to count those teen numbers can get pretty confusing.  But they are not just confusing to count off, it is also difficult to understand what the numbers represent. Continue reading “Number Sense Activities for 11-20”

Tens Go Fish

Understanding ten is HUGE in development of place value.  Kids should quickly be able to identify all of the ways to make 10 (2+8, 4+6…).  This should be automatic and playing a game is a great way to practice. Continue reading “Tens Go Fish”

7 Fun Ways to Practice Sight Words!

Sight words are those words that appear all the time in text, but are often difficult to read because you can’t use reading strategies to figure them out.

That is why children need to memorize sight words and learn them with automaticity! The more a child reads, and rereads a particular sight word, the more automatic it becomes.  This helps them to become a better, more confident reader.

But, drilling sight words with flashcards can be B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!!

Here are 7 Fun, Quick, and Easy Activities to help your child learn their sight words.


Please click on the image above to download this freebie from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Continue reading “7 Fun Ways to Practice Sight Words!”

Find and Color: Place Value Printables

My students love to color, so I like to give them opportunities to use their crayons while doing a little extra thinking!

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At Home with First Grade: 1 Fun Game for Place Value Practice

Place Value is SO important! The more you can play games and work with place value at home, the better.  Here is a fun game to practice place value with your child.  DSC04581 Continue reading “At Home with First Grade: 1 Fun Game for Place Value Practice”

Place Value Games and Activities

Place value understanding is an important foundation for future success in math, so it is very important that early elementary teachers work frequently with these concepts.

What better way to practice then to play some games and have some fun?


Check out my freebie on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Riddle Race is a place value game where students work with several place value concepts (tens, ones, ten more, ten less, one more, one less) as they solve riddles and move along a game board. Continue reading “Place Value Games and Activities”

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