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Get Ready for Back to School in the Summer

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Summer is about more than just hanging out at the beach and drinking tasty cocktails.  You’ll get more done when you take your drink to the computer with you! That’s how you can get better results with your summer – or at least be more prepared for the school year.  But as we all know we don’t get to hang out at the beach all summer. The truth is, even though we are on summer vacation we are already thinking about the…

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Fun Math Games for Kids

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I know I’m always looking for ways to make math fun and educational at the same time. Every kid learns math a different way. Some learn math concepts with songs, real world scenarios, or with games! I am always looking for fun math games to use while my kids are in stations. It’s awesome when they are playing a game that is educational and fun at the same time. Here’s a list of 10 math games, including board games, printable games, and…

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Beginning Reader- My Daugther

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beginning reader

It has been quite a while since I have worked with a beginning reader. For the past several years I have worked with transitional and fluent readers in my 3rd grade classroom. Now I have a beginning reader in my home. My daughter has started Kindergarten this year and I have really enjoyed watching her begin to read. My little girl is definitely the light of my world!What to use with beginning readers I was fortunate enough to receive a copy…

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Fun Test Prep- 5 Easy Ideas

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5 fun test prep ideas

Fun test prep that is rigorous can sometimes be difficult to find. Is this the way your students look at you when you start your test review? OH NO! This is not what you want to deal with for the next several weeks of reviewing for the state test. I want to share with you FIVE FUN  test prep ideas that have worked well with my students. Hopefully you won’t see this look again. 1.  Scavenger Hunt with Task Cards Task cards are…

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Camp Write Along

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camp write along

It’s that time of the year! Writing test time. Ugh! In Texas the 4th graders have to take the Writing STAAR test. So now it is time to start reviewing for the test. One of the traditions at our school is Camp Write Along. The kids that have been at our school for a while always look forward to it. It really is helpful and you can definitely see a huge growth in the student’s writing. This is what my…

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DIY Classroom Decor

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Easy DIY Classroom Decor

I’m always looking for some easy DIY classroom decor. Quill has come up with easy ways to “Jazz Up” your classroom. Easy DIY Classroom decor 1. Below you will learn how to make almost anything in your class a chalkboard with chalkboard paint. 2. Maybe you want some easy ideas for storing classroom supplies, scroll down to see what you can do. 3. There are also some directions on how to create crate benches below. 4. Finally make sure to read…

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Plan a Christmas Vacation- Math Project

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Plan a Christmas Vacation in Orlando

It’s Christmas time and you still need to teach the math standards but your students aren’t focused on learning. All they can think about are the presents they want for the holidays.  What can you do to keep your students engaged with math? Let them plan their Christmas Vacation! Math Project- Christmas Vacation This is a fun math activity to do with a group of students. I had groups of 3 to 4 kids work together to plan a Christmas…

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5 Creative Ways to Use Task Cards in the Classroom

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Task Cards are a great way to review concepts in your classroom. There are so many ways you can use task cards other than putting them in a work stations.  I want to share with you 5 creative ways you can use task cards in your room that your students are going to love. #1. Use them as a scavenger hunt This is one of my favorite way to use task cards. You can put them up in the halls or in…

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Back to School Tips

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It’s back to school time! There’s  so much going on that sometimes I don’t even know where to start. It feels like I’m being pulled in all directions. Well I need to remind myself that I’m not Superwoman and I need to stop and take a deep breath. I will do what I can and let the rest go. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that some things can be let go. So here are some back to school tips…

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Sub Plans- Ready for an emergency

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sub plans

Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am.  You’ve been up all night with your 3-year-old daughter because she has been throwing up all night. You are worn out and your daughter is laying on top of you in your bed because you haven’t changed her sheets yet. She can’t go to daycare sick so you call in for a sub and go back to sleep. Wait! That’s not what happens. Let’s try the scenario again. Your alarm goes off at…

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