back to school middle school

Back to School Activities for Middle School

Prepare for an exciting start to the school year with our comprehensive collection of back-to-school activities for middle school students. With over 80 pages of engaging content, this resource is packed with innovative ideas to help you establish a positive classroom environment right from the beginning. Designed to foster a

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calming students in the classroom

Five tips for calming students in the classroom

Here are five tips for calming students in the classroom: 3. Deep Breathing Exercises: Teach your students deep breathing exercises as a technique to manage stress and anxiety. Encourage them to take slow, deep breaths in through their nose, hold for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly through their

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read aloud activities

Read Aloud Stories for Kindergarten Literacy Centers

Read-aloud books offer several benefits for kindergarten literacy centers: Overall, read-aloud books in kindergarten literacy centers play a crucial role in fostering language development, comprehension skills, imagination, social interaction, and a lifelong love for reading. If you are searching for a simple way to incorporate read alouds in your literacy

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3rd Grade Back to School

3rd Grade Back to School Activities for Google Slides

Back to school in 3rd grade is an exciting time. The start of a new school year is an exciting time for both teachers and students. For 3rd grade teachers, it’s essential to plan engaging activities that foster connection, establish classroom management, and set expectations. With over 70 interactive back-to-school

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long vowel sounds and the science of reading

Long Vowel Sounds and the Science of Reading

The science of reading is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand how we acquire and develop reading skills. It draws on research from psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, and education to investigate the cognitive processes involved in reading, as well as effective instructional methods. Classroom resources can be found here. When

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what is phonemic awareness

What is phonemic awareness?

Phonemic awareness refers to the ability to identify, isolate, manipulate, and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. It is a crucial foundational skill for learning to read and write. Phonemes are the smallest units of sound in a language that can change the meaning of a word. For example,

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Why is phonemic awareness important when learning to read ?

Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. It plays a crucial role in learning to read because it helps develop the foundation for understanding the alphabetic principle, which is the relationship between sounds and letters. Here are a few reasons why phonemic

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The science of reading explained for kindergarten teachers

The science of reading in kindergarten focuses on the development of foundational reading skills and literacy abilities in young children. Kindergarten is a crucial stage for laying the groundwork for reading proficiency, and research has provided valuable insights into effective instructional practices and strategies. Click here for resources for your

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World Kindness Day Activities

World Kindness Day activities are the perfect day to promote kindness in your classroom. Teach your students the joys of giving and receiving kindness. World Kindness Day is a great day to incorporate kindness activities into your day. Give these a try: Thank You Card Write a thank you note

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persuasive writing picture books

Persuasive Writing Picture Books

Teaching persuasive writing with picture books help guide and inspire ideas for your students during the planning and writing process. Picture books and mentor text bring persuasive writing to life for students. Here is a handy collection of 15 persuasive writing picture books you can use to inspire your students

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Thanksgiving Wordsearch

Don’t you just love a freebie 🙂 Well this freebie is a Thanksgiving wordsearch. It could be a fun and relaxed activity as you ease into the Thanksgiving week. If you are looking for a print and go activity for your students this Thanksgiving, then download this wordsearch. I have

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Thanksgiving Activities Freebie

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving activities bring the Thanksgiving spirit into the classroom at the perfect time of the year. Students love thanksgiving puzzles, thanksgiving crosswords, bingo, word searches, word jumbles and much more.  This 50 page activity bundle includes 25 activities with all answer sheets as well. It is divided into

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Halloween Writing Prompts

Halloween writing prompts are a great way to keep your students focused and writing on Halloween. The following writing prompts are perfect for narrative writing and journal writing and can help get the creative story writing ideas flowing: Halloween Writing Prompts . You might also enjoy 30 visual and written

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What is Narrative Writing?

What is narrative writing? The purpose of a narrative writing is to tell a story. Narratives may be written as a story, poem or play and can be either fiction or non-fiction. Narrative stories include an orientation, complication, resolution and ending. A narrative stories are written to entertain and share

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Brain Breaks for Kids

Brain Breaks for kids are life savers for teachers and essential for students who are restless, reluctant and anxious. Brain Breaks are a simple technique for students of all ages to provide a short mental break to keep them focused during learning time. We can all relate to sitting for

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Teaching with Google Classroom.

Teaching with google classroom provides so much potential for your students and could save you time and stress. 2020 has forced a steep learning curve for us all, but has also provided a wealth of opportunity to gain insights into our students learning styles, their strengths and areas of challenge.

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Writing Prompts 4th Grade

Many 4th grade students fear the dreaded blank page when faced with narrative writing and opinion writing in English Language Arts. Take the fear of the blank page away with 4th grade writing prompts with pictures. Your writing prompts have to be creative to get the imagination activated for your

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Multiplication Facts Practice

Multiplication color by number Google Classroom

Gaining mastery of multiplication facts is the perfect activity for students during distance learning. Multiplication color by number using Google classroom is the perfect platform for students to repeat interactive activities and master their times tables speed and accuracy. Distance learning creates a range of additional challenges of engagement. Multiplication

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Random Acts of Kindness Activities

Ideas Random Acts of Kindness

Are you looking for ideas for random acts of kindness? Spread love and kindness across your classroom and whole school community. Ideas random acts of kindness and the random acts of kindness challenge will fill your classroom and school with joy and positive deeds. A random act of kindness is a

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5th grade memory book

5th Grade Memory Book for Elementary Graduation

Your students will love to have a keepsake from their elementary school graduation.  If you are looking for ideas for elementary school graduation during covid-19 and distance learning, then this might be an easy solution. My Elementary School Memories Book (Editable for you to customize and personalize in Powerpoint or just send

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