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Teach Suffix -ly with Simple Rules, Examples, and Activities

Understanding suffixes is a crucial aspect of developing strong language skills. One of the most common and versatile suffixes is -ly. Teaching students how to add suffix -ly to words can enhance their writing, allowing them to express ideas more precisely. In this post, we will explore simple rules, provide

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Teach Nonfiction Text Features (Free Graphic Organizers)

Teaching young minds to navigate the pages of informational texts is a crucial skill that will empower them to become independent readers. In this blog post, we’ll explore effective strategies to introduce nonfiction text features, conduct engaging mini-lessons, and provide free graphic organizers to support your students’ learning journey. What

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Free Creative Writing Prompts for 1st and 2nd grade Students

Writing daily is the key to building students’ confidence and growing their writing skills. Yet, many students struggle to generate ideas or lack enthusiasm for writing. Utilizing writing prompts can help support reluctant writers and ignite their creativity. With built-in support and teacher feedback, these free writing prompts will help

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How to Effectively Teach the 6 Different Syllable Types

Teaching syllables can be a tricky task. It requires planning, creativity, and an understanding of the various syllable types to engage students in learning what can often be considered a tedious topic. Whether your student is just starting out or further along in their reading journey, it’s important for all

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4 Steps to Successfully Teach Compare and Contrast

Are you looking for a fun, engaging way to teach your students to compare and contrast? This can be one of the most difficult, yet powerful topics to discuss in any classroom. Understanding how items are similar and different is essential for student success. Fortunately, there are plenty of creative

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Teaching Guided Reading in a Virtual Classroom

 I started this post back in July but I had to stop. I knew I wanted to help teachers plan for virtual reading groups. But, honestly, I still wasn’t sure exactly how it would all work. Now that I am teaching (both in person and virtually), I feel a little

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10 of the Best Read Aloud Books for 2nd Grade

One of my daily goals is to read a quality picture book and a chapter from a chapter book to my 2nd graders.  It doesn’t always happen but I am successful about 80% of the time. I firmly believe reading to our students needs to happen every day (along with

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