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US Symbols Ideas

Another busy week – we’re just packin’ in all we can before the end of the year! We finished up our US Symbols Unit by discussing the Liberty Bell. We followed up the discussion with torn art bells.  To make it a bit easier, I photocopied the outline of the

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Preventing Summer Slide!

Bring on summer! While we’re on the subject of summer, I’ve been thinking of how I’m going to make sure my kids hold on to everything I’ve taught them. {Okay, they won’t remember it all, but I’d love for them to head off to second grade with their teachers thinking

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The Seven Continents

The 7 Continents are my absolute favorite unit to teach! I love to expose students to a world that’s bigger than they can imagine! I am SO excited how it all came together, and that I can finally share it with you! ** If you make it to the end

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Rockin’ & Rollin’ Dice Game to Build Fact Fluency

I am always looking for ways to give my students a meaningful way to practice math facts in a fun way! One of my favorite Math Activities is Rockin’ & Rollin’ Dice Warm-Up!  Rockin’ & Rollin’ is a self-contained Math Warm-Up Game that reviews some important addition and subtraction math skills! All

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Using iPods as Listening Centers

Like many others, I’ve used Listening Centers in my classroom for years.  Not only is listening to a fluent model an important part of a balanced literacy program, it is also one of the few times you can get a first grader to be quiet! For years, I spent countless

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Student Shout Outs

We all love being recognized for our accomplishments and children are no exception! In fact, if we praise children from a very young age, it will build confidence in all aspects of learning! In the corner of my classroom, I have a Student Shout Out bucket. Each year I have

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