How I Teach Fry Spelling Words

One of the hardest things for me to figure out my first year teaching was how to help my students master their spelling words. I tried a few different approaches, but over the past two years I have found the perfect spelling blend for my classroom. Each week, I give my students a spelling word list with twelve words for them to memorize. Six wor... Read more

Mother's Day Lapbooks

As a teacher, I always feel like I have a huge responsibility to make sure my first graders create a special and memorable Mother’s Day gift to give to their sweet Mommas. My students are always so excited this time of year to channel their creativity into the perfect gift. Mother’s Day Lapbooks are the perfect gift because my littles are able t... Read more

Center Organization Tip

Keeping centers organized is definitely a challenge in my classroom. There are so many moving parts to each center, so it is crucial to keep them organized in a way my students can easily access. We have a weekly rotation schedule that allows my students to independently pick up their center and bring back to their tables. I found these Large St... Read more

Blends and Digraphs Write and Wipe Activity Mat

My students love working on writing blends and digraphs through this fun Blends and Digraphs Write and Wipe Activity! Once my students master the ability to read and write CVC words, then we move on to introducing blends and digraphs. After introducing the sounds, I put these activity mats into their literacy center rotations. Each student will ... Read more

Long Vowel Write and Wipe Activity Mat

A few of my students are still struggling with writing words containing long vowel sounds. My favorite intervention for working on long vowel spelling patterns is this fun Long Vowel Write and Wipe Activity Mat. This activity covers so many areas of student need through vocabulary, spelling, and writing. This activity can last as little as a few... Read more