I had recently been to Africa two times and learned so much from the people there, and now I finally had a book that related to my experiences. That comment opened my eyes to the power of stories in my own classroom. My students wanted to hear about my experiences because they connected to those stories.
Learning to read is hard work! Encourage critical thinking by giving your students writing prompts. It helps them get away from answering without thinking just to be first. Read them stories every day.
Check out our list of 50 of the Best Books for First Grade. I can easily differentiate because they provide the Lexile levels.
I found this resource to be very helpful, especially with non-fiction to integrate science and social studies concepts into Daily 5. Have your students create personal word walls.
First Grade Parade Instead of having one massive class word wall, have students create and post their own personal word walls in your classroom. Your first graders will love showcasing their skills! Check out the First Grade Parade for a free personal word wall template.
Travel your way through literature. Make things interesting with foldables. Foldables are a great—and easy! The one above helps students group words with the same blend. Teach them how to retell a story. Use paint swatches to teach parts of speech. Students can copy down their sentences and then illustrate them We love paint swatches as a cool free tool for this.
Spell sight words by using magnetic letters on cookie tins. This tip for teaching 1st grade comes from Make, Take, and Teach. It doubles as an excuse upgrade your kitchen pans! Use games to teach blends. Check out these six free, low-prep games for teaching blends.
They really took pride in their notebooks and were very proud to share their work with others. Unlike completing worksheets or other printables, which go home right away, these books are always available to the children.
Keep your math manipulatives organized and easy to access. We take actual pictures of the materials.
When we need them, I just tell them to take out their math tools. It saves a lot of time passing them out every time they are needed. I have a set of shelves in my back room where the kids can access them.May 12, · Kris To make a long story short, LOVE my husband of 20 years, LOVE my 2 cool kids, Dylan 16 & Holly 10, LOVE hanging with family and friends, LOVE being a year 2 library media specialist and most importantly, LOVE my Savior & Lord Jesus Christ!
Teaching Good Citizenship's Five Themes Activities from the editors of Weekly Reader can help develop K-6 students' understanding of the five good citizenship themeshonesty, compassion, respect, responsibility, and courage.. Advocating the five themes of citizenship -- honesty, compassion, respect, responsibility, and courage -- is not enough.
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First Week Lesson Plans. What To Do The First Week of School I frequent teacher chatboards and mailrings and every year I see the same question pops up -"What should I do the first day?".
30 Ideas for Teaching Writing. Summary: Few sources available today offer writing teachers such succinct, practice-based help—which is one reason why 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing was the winner of the Association of Education Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Materials.
Part I: Introduction--What inspired my argumentative response? For decades, too many high-school teachers have been instilling persuasive writing skills by teaching students the five-paragraph essay.