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Pumpkin Alphabet Cover-Up

Many of my students need repeated practice with reviewing their letters and sounds.  When learning the alphabet, it is important that students know letter names, sounds, and learn how to write the letters.  It is important to work with letters in many different ways so that students get repeated practice.  And of course, I always love a good game. Slide1.PNG

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DIY Summer Math Workbook: Inexpensive and Fun!

DIY Summer Workbook

Summer is here! Many of your kids are probably out of school or soon to be starting summer vacation.  Fun and relaxation is a very important part of summer break.  It is a great opportunity to spend 1:1 time with your kids.  Many parents also want their child to do a little learning over the summer.  Don’t worry, summer learning can be interactive, fun, and inexpensive too!

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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.

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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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Today’s Number: First Grade

This is a great routine to build number sense and mathematical fluency.  It can be used as a daily or weekly activity to review the standards.  My favorite part…it is really easy to implement

Today'sNumberFirstGradeCover3 Simple Steps:

  1.  Choose a number to be “Today’s Number.”
  2. Make copies or display for your students.
  3. That’s It!!!

 

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