This Small Classroom: Dollar Store Vocabulary Activity Books

One of the best instructional strategies for ELs is using lots and lots of pictures.  This post gives a quick, easy, and cheap way to make activity books with plenty of vocabulary reinforcement for kindergarten, 1st grade, and newcomer ELs … Read More

Teaching Prepositions: Idiomatic and Literal Meanings

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Teaching: This Present Sphere

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Teaching Adjectives

Aliens, Monsters, and Boogie Woogie — oh my!… Read More

George Müller and Work

Here is the great secret of success.  Work with all your might; but trust not in the least in your work.  Read More

Dr. Suess and the -at family hat

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The Classroom Mascot

Meet Pooky, our classroom mascot.  I don’t remember why I started using him — except that it seemed like a good idea at the time.  Here is how he’s helped out this year… Read More

Things Kindergarteners Say… (and the -an family fan)

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Teaching Joys

It’s almost here.  The end of the semester.  I can hardly believe that much time has past… and yet, I can hardly remember the beginning. …Read More

Montessori meets Angry Birds

5th and 3rd grade lesson ideas using Montessori symbols and a rubber Angry Bird ball… Read More

Online elementary ESL materials

Seven very helpful and very free sites for all kinds of games and literacy helps… Read More

Plot Box

This works well for sequencing, summarizing and retelling, and oral language development for EL students. … Read More

Teaching on Grace

I saw a sign recently that read, “This classroom runs on love, laughter, and lots of coffee … Read More

Kindergarten Lesson: Directionality in Reading and Writing

Needed: hand motions, stickers, drawing/writing paper (included)…Read More

This Small Classroom: Spelling Center with Scrabble

Use Scrabble pieces and magnets to make a spelling surface on any metal surface (desk, cabinet, door, etc.) or make it portable with a cookie sheet… Read More

Teaching Adjectives: Post-it Notes

Hands on activity to help enforce adjective/noun ordering and help with end-of-the-day wiggles… Read More

Teaching the Alphabet: 6 Letter P Activities

Puppets, pizza, pumpkins, oh my!… Read More

This Small Classroom: Letter Cubes

Dollar store foam cubes + 1 sharpie =… Read More

The Berenstain’s B Book: 6 teaching ideas

Six ideas for teaching reading and writing for young students… Read More

Fun Friday Craft: This Is the Way We Build Our House

All you need are 8 Popsicle sticks and some paper to decorate with windows, doors, and a roof… Read More

This Small Classroom

I teach five classes a day.  Some classes are really well behaved, others are not so much.  During my planning time last Thursday, I sat in each chair of one class that was particularly hard to manage.  In each chair, I tried to imagine that I was that student… Read More

This Small Classroom: Flashcard Books

The students I teach are Kindergarten and 1st grade.  There is a wide range of reading ability between them.  For the literacy center activity, I wanted to include books that emphasized vocabulary, but also had an option of stretching the student’s reading skills... Read More

This Small Classroom: Wall Organizer

Since I didn’t really have the space for another bookcase, I decided to make a hanging wall organizer… Read More
This Small Classroom:Parts of Speech Dice

This cube is intended to use with the word wall in my classroom.  We are just moving into learning about parts of speech, so I think this will come in handy very soon… Read More

One Year Down… Or, the Sanctifying Work of Teaching

Last May, I had just finished my degree and was feverishly sending out job applications (while trying to catch up on sleep).  Little did I know that I would end up, a year later, two states and one time zone away… already missing the 24 kids who call me their teacher.

Now that the school year is drawing to a close, people are starting to ask me, “How was your first year teaching?” … Read More

Wednesday: Lesson Prepping

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This Teacher’s Purse

Pencils (Yes, I never carried pencils before this.  Now I have four.), Crayons (There were only two.  There used to be a whole box in there.), Index cards, 2 bottles of hand sanitizer… Read More

Hall Passes

Since this is my first year teaching, I have to put together supplies for my classrooms.  My budget for supplies is pretty small and I’ve discovered that some things are cheaper to make than buy from the teacher supply store… Read More

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