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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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Yes! You Can Use Google Classroom In First Grade!

To me, Google Classroom was something that my teenagers used for their classwork, and not something I’d dream of using with my first grade students. Enter Covid-19. All of a sudden, I knew I’d better come up with a plan and quick! Here is the fifth post on the best classroom apps you can use

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steps for close reading

Five Steps For Close Reading To Boost Your Student’s Vocabulary

I’m continuing this blog series on the steps of close reading. Today’s topic? Vocabulary development! We’ve all seen studies about vocabulary development in children. The more words and phrases a child knows by the age of two helps them to develop the language skills they need to be successful readers. As a mom, I tried

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close read passages

You Can’t Find Close Read Passages? Here’s How To Write Your Own!

So you’ve been spending your planning period looking for the right close reading passage. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right passage for close reading, especially if you have little readers. They might be too hard/easy and you’re left feeling like Goldilocks looking for the perfect chair. Ever been there? When you can’t find the

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how to teach close reading

What NOT to do when you are learning how to teach close reading

If you’re teaching close reading to your elementary students and it’s not going well, you might be making some of the mistakes I made when I was first starting to teach a close reading lesson. In this blog and with this FREE teacher guide, I’m going to show you how to teach close reading effectively

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