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Teaching Plants & Animals with NGSS

Woohoo – another first-grade NGSS unit is ready to teach in a super simple and engaging way for your students!  As I've shared before, teaching Science was never one of my strengths as a teacher! However, once we adopted the important NGSS, I knew I had to work hard to

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Fun Facts in First Grade

Years ago, I began sharing random facts with my students. At first, I did it simply because I love fun facts myself. I’m a little bit of a nerd. Over time, the fun facts became a part of our daily routine. My students looked forward to learning what the new

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Daily Routines for a Successful Year

I am a big fan of daily routines. I believe they are so important in the success of your classroom management and organization. In fact, I highly recommend kicking off your first day of school with routines to help your students adjust to your room quickly! Today, I have three

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Build a Classroom Community Before School

Classroom Community Many of us strive for a strong classroom community with our first graders. A classroom community refers to the level of respect and kindness that your students show to each other. A classroom community is formed when students come together as a class to work towards the common

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