Back to School

15 of the Best Books for Back to School

Back to school season is upon us! One of the best parts of planning the first week of school is deciding on which books to read. Today, I’m sharing all of my favorites with you! Our Class is a Family by Shannon Olson Why I love this book: Shannon, the

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First Week Plans Activities and Read Alouds

I LOVE planning for the first week of school. It might be because I have an ample amount of activities and books to choose from. I have shared my first week plans in the past so some of these read alouds and activities are the same. But I have updated

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First Three Reading Lessons of the School Year

I am really excited to wrap up my “First Three” blog series with my first three reading lessons. While I love teaching math and I definitely identify as a writer, teaching reading is also a passion. I now have my Master’s in Education in Reading and have completed the requirements

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My First 3 Math Lessons of the School Year

When I think about planning my first couple of lessons in each content year, I ask myself “What do I want to communicate about what is valued in our classroom in this subject area?“ In math, I want my students to know that: We value discussion, connections, collaboration and communicating

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Simple & Efficient Open House Organization

I have officially made it through my first two days back to school. Last week was busy and exhausting! Teachers started Monday with our district-wide kick off assembly. Then we headed back to our respective schools where our school did a team-building activity which I led. I saw this post

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My Classroom Evolution Before & After

Disclaimer: There are links to the products I have purchased from Amazon to organize my sight word system. Some of the links are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on a link and purchase the item, The Sassy Apple will receive a small commission.The price of the item is

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20 First Day of School Resources & Freebies

The first day of school is a delicate balance of establishing a sense of order (routines and procedures) while also creating a friendly, welcoming and most importantly, safe classroom environment. You can check out how I schedule and plan my whole first week here: First week Plans This year, I decided

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