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DIY Place Value Mats

I love finding easy/effective things to use in my classroom. For this reason alone, I feel the need to share with you… DIY Place Value Mats! A wonderful teacher at my school shared them with me and I am so grateful for her. These are so easy and I promise you will

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Cute Halloween Ideas for the Classroom!

It will be sad to take down all my cute Halloween decorations! Even though I love Thanksgiving and all its yummy-ness, it just isn’t as cute (maybe Pinterest will change that)!  Did you all make those adorable Glyph Monsters from Kindergarten Rocks? LOVE THEM! And my little pumpkin patch is

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the first one done is not the winner…

Ever since I have been in the classroom, I have been telling my students this (I got it from my cooperating teacher when I was a student teacher… Thanks Lynda): Graphics By Jessica Weible Illustrations It helps with those students who just want to “get ‘er done”… and fast…  It’s

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What Do Writers Write?

You know that cute lady, Cara, from The First Grade Parade?  (Ahh, who am I kiddin’!? Of course you do!!!)  Well… she recently posted about a super cute writing poster called, “What Do Writers Write?” After seeing it on her blog (and all over Pinterest) I immediately made one for my class.

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even and odd street

We kicked off the year learning about “even” and “odd” numbers. (I want them to do their Everyday Learning workbooks independently…) I found a great idea on… you guessed it Pinterest… with Even and Odd Houses.  I feel in love with it immediately and I had to do it with my

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everyday learning

I have been crazy busy getting my classroom ready for Monday. I don’t know how you teachers with kids do it!  If I had kids, they would be seriously neglected right now… My poor husband. Anyways… while getting my classroom ready, I created an Everyday Learning workbook. This book will

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back-to-school postcard fun!

School starts in less than two weeks and it is time to get my welcome postcards out to my students! Children LOVE getting mail… especially from their teacher. This year I am sending out my circus postcard. I took them to a local printer so they could print them double

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home sweet home

I am a very lucky lady and let me tell you why: I just spent the last two weeks sightseeing in Europe. It was amazing, to say the least. Italy and Greece. I loved them both. Thank you to my wonderful in-laws for the trip of a lifetime! This vacation

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2nd grade popcorn words

I finally finished the 2nd Grade Popcorn Words…  I guess that means I am ready to start gearing up for 2nd grade! I will definitely be taking these babies to the printer on Monday morning!

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circus postcard

I have finally finished the postcard I will be sending to my students before school starts this year.  It is similar to my Chicka Chicka Boom Boom postcard, but it fits my circus theme instead. I absolutely love this design. It just might be one of my favorites! Click on

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Chicka Chicka… BOOM BOOM!

Last year I had a jungle themed classroom.  I also incorporated the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book into a lot of classroom activities.  So I created a Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom bulletin board to welcome my new students on the first day of school! Each letter represents a student and

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smile because it happened

One of my students gave me the sweetest card today that said: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss It seriously brought tears to my eyes. Even though I am looping with the same class to second grade,  I am sad to see this chapter

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Mini Friendship Booklet

As a first year teacher, I am trying to figure out ways to keep my students engaged/entertained these last few weeks of school. My students are sooo done with school and I *ahem* amdonewithschool, too.   My Problem: I am finding it difficult to engage my students and keep them with

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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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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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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!