Lesson Planning

Plan Your Best First Week of School Ever

Hey there, elementary educators! If you’re anything like me, you’re getting pumped up for an amazing school year ahead. And what better way to kick things off than with the best first week ever? Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie teacher, a solid plan will help you start

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5 Easy Low-Prep Substitute Teacher Activities

Have you ever felt overwhelmed thinking about what activities you can leave for a substitute teacher when you have to be out of the classroom? It’s so stressful trying to come up with hands-off lessons for the sub but still engaging and educational for the students. Well, have I got

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Tech Tools to Try This Year

One of the really wonderful things to come from 2020 was the urgency it created to learn new things. I’m sure we all learned some new tricks out of necessity. Here are some tech tools I will continue to use and encourage you to try this year! I’ve always considered

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Favorite First Week of School Activities and Ideas

This time of year can be exciting but exhausting. While new schedules and routines get established, it’s important to create a classroom environment that is encouraging, creative, and conducive for learning. That’s why we’ve gathered some of our favorite first week activities and ideas. After greeting each student at the

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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 of the school year. If you missed my other posts, you can check them outhere. While I love teaching math and I definitely identify as a writer, teaching reading is also a

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My First 3 Math Lessons of the School Year

Planning for the beginning of the year is so important for setting the tone in your classroom. For my first 3 math lessons of the school year, I ask myself “What do I want to communicate about what is valued in our classroom in this subject area?“ In math, I

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The First Week of School: Free Lesson Plans

Last week was full of classroom prep and professional development (some good, some not so good). Now it’s time to get excited for a new school year! I finished my first week plans about a month ago…although some things have been tweaked and changed! The Solar Eclipse on Monday has

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