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how do you teach with music?

Anyone who knows me, knows that I cannot carry a tune (for the life of me).  I am not a singer. However, I sing all the time in my classroom (those poor cuties).  I can’t help it, because singing/music is such a powerful teaching tool. I am looking to do

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Valuable Freebies List

How darling is this apple-cozy one of my students gave me? I have complied some of my freebies for you: Flow Chart: When do you double the final consonant? Plural “-ES” Ending Chart AEIOU Glue Bottles Double “OO” Looking Glasses 100 Book Challenge Key Words for Addition and Subtraction Make

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Popcorn Word Wall

My popcorn word-wall is definitely the cutest addition to my circus themed classroom! Popcorn calling them popcorn words, because they “POP” into your mind! They are great for your classroom Word-Wall and look so adorable. These popcorn words are on actual popcorn clip-art! To see the different popcorn words available in this

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Popcorn Words

My popcorn word-wall is definitely the cutest addition to my circus themed classroom! Popcorn calling them popcorn words, because they “POP” into your mind! They are great for your classroom Word-Wall and look so adorable. These popcorn words are on actual popcorn clip-art! To see the different popcorn words available in this

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Plural “Y” Endings

I am excited to share with you a packet I’ve just finished: “Y” Ending Replaced with “IES”. I made these activities to teach my students about plural words that end with “y” (for example: baby –> babies). I had a lot of fun creating these letter characters! Poor old “Y” is

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do you know when to add “-s” or “-es”?

Along with learning about “y” endings replaced with “-ies”, we are also learning about adding “-es” to words. To help my students remember the rules associated with this phonics skill, I made this anchor chart: Click the picture above to download!

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Plural Words That End with “Y”

I am excited to share with you a packet I’ve just finished: “Y” Ending Replaced with “IES”. I made these activities to teach my students about plural words that end with “y” (for example: baby –> babies). I had a lot of fun creating these letter characters! Poor old “Y” is

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My SUPER Bulletin Board

I have a love/hate relationship with my hallway bulletin board… I love decorating it, but I hate the time it takes to decorate it. Thank goodness for Teacher Appreciation Week and the PTA at my school! My room mom (who also happens to be my older sister) decorated this A-MAZ-ING bulletin

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Mr. Fly! (Long /i/ Sound Spelled “Y”)

Raise your hand if you love Fly Guy!! My students are nuts about this little character and these books don’t stay on our book shelves for long. Fly Guy books are great for teaching about the long /i/ sound spelled ‘Y’ (For example: fly, sky, my). Last week we learned

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Mr. Fly! (Long /i/ Sound Spelled “Y”)

Raise your hand if you love Fly Guy!! My students are nuts about this little character and these books don’t stay on our book shelves for long. Fly Guy books are great for teaching about the long /i/ sound spelled ‘Y’ (For example: fly, sky, my). Last week we learned

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When Do You Double the Final Consonant?

We have been learning a lot about word endings lately (-ed and -ing).  Last week, one of my students asked…  “Mrs. Erickson, why do some words double the letter?”   For example: run –> running swim –> swimming skip –> skipped To teach my students the rule for doubling the final

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my baby chicks: the birth story

First of all, I just have to say that hatching chicks is the most FUN thing I have done all year! My students have loved every minute of it and so have I! Remember this little guy who hatched all by himself?? Well… when I got to school the next

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they hatched!

I am the proud mother of 11 (adorable) baby chicks!! Because I am so exhausted (as a new mother should be), I will post more about it tomorrow…

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hatching chicken eggs

My class is trying to hatch chicken eggs… Here is our incubator: Here are the cute chicken eggs (we got a dozen): I put the document camera over the incubator, so we could see it on the projector screen (all day). My students LOVED watching the progress. A few chickens started pecking little holes! 

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POW! A Zeno Sight Word Game

This FREE activity takes regular, boring flashcards and turns them into a fun, competitive game. Your students won’t even realize they are learning!