build classroom community

How To Build Classroom Community With A Fun Time Capsule

It’s back to school time and you have a million things to do. You know you need to build classroom community, but you also want a fun beginning of the year activity. Your kiddos are going to be nervous as they enter your room, so you need activities to get to know your students right

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Choosing The Best Picture Books For Read Alouds In February

Over the years, I collected a lot of picture books for read alouds. When a new month arrived, I loved pulling out the seasonal children’s books for interactive read alouds with my students. Here are some of the picture books for read alouds that I brought out in February. If you don’t own a copy,

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teaching ruby bridges

The Best Ways For Teaching Ruby Bridges To Your First Grade Students

As a first-grade teacher, I felt honored teaching Ruby Bridges to my students. Since the famous fact about Ruby Bridges happened when she was a first grade student, my students could make connections between her life and their own. Children’s Books About Ruby Bridges My favorite of the children’s books about Ruby Bridges is “The

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How To Teach Martin Luther King Jr Accomplishments To Your Students

Teaching the many Martin Luther King Jr. accomplishments to my students is a humbling and honoring experience. Since I taught first grade, we could do a unit on Dr. King without my students having learned about him their entire school lives. I felt very honored to give my students the opportunity to learn about Dr.

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gingerbread classroom activities

New Gingerbread Classroom Activities That Will Surely Be Your Favorite

My absolute favorite week of the school year is the last week before Christmas break. It is chaotic, but it’s the perfect time for gingerbread classroom activities!  Using gingerbread theme activities in your classroom is going to be so fun for your students. They LOVE the story The Gingerbread Man! This is also good for

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gingerbread man books read aloud

The 5 Best Gingerbread Man Books Read Aloud For Kids

December is one of my FAVORITE months in my classroom! I love the excitement in my student’s faces, I love the fun Christmas activities for the classroom, and I’ll be honest, I love the countdown to Christmas vacation! I love Christmas read aloud stories too. When I get to do a gingerbread man books read

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black history month activities

Why Black History Month Activities Should Be Taught All Year

I’ll say this louder for those in the back. Black History should be celebrated all year. Things like National Muffin Day should get a small period of time. But something as important as celebrating the bravery and accomplishments of African American men and women should be mainstream, and not taught in schools six or seven

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presidents day activities

Presidents Day Activities For Your Literacy Stations

Show a child a picture of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, and you can see the excitement in their eyes! Presidents Day is fun to teach, but often, it’s hard to find the time. Here are some Presidents Day activities that you can add to your literacy stations. These have VIDEOS along with the digital

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