Category Archives: Literacy Activities

Memorial Day Activities

Memorial Day gives us all a chance to remember and think about those who serve and protect us in some of the most horrific conditions imaginable.  Much of the time they are thousands of miles away from home, family, and … Continue reading

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Student-Made Books

Classroom publishing has always been dear to my heart.  I first realized the power of publishing student’s work when I was working at a university lab school.  I was studying ways to teach students with learning and emotional disabilities.  One of the … Continue reading

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Cheetah

Photo Credit:  Cheetah Snack:  Photo by kolibri5, via Pixabay.com. A cheetah is built for speed. Its long thin legs, lightweight bones, and short coat make it the fastest land mammal in the world. It can go from 0-60 miles an … Continue reading

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High Frequency Bingo Games

During my time as a reading and intervention specialist I found beginning readers made surprising progress using short games that focused on high frequency words.  I was rather surprised by this because practicing words in isolation doesn’t really fit with … Continue reading

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Kids as Teachers

I am always amazed at how proficient children are when they are given half a chance. Recently I was working with a group of first graders of varying achievement levels in reading. While I was working with one small group, … Continue reading

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Land Regions of a State: Interest Groups

I am sharing some units and projects which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be working with), I tend to think … Continue reading

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All About Me–Writing Lesson Plans

For the next few weeks I’m going to share some lessons which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be … Continue reading

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Colonial America Natural Resources–Magnetic and Flannel Board Materials

I love flannel and magnetic board materials.  I’ve used them for LOTS of things.  Here’s a set of Magnetic Flannel Board pieces of resources used by the early American colonists.  Set them out for center play, group activities, and story telling.  … Continue reading

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Theodor Seuss Geisel

These easy to make and wear hats will liven up your celebrations of Theodor Geisel’s birthday on March 2. Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904-September 24, 1991) was born in Springfield, Massachusettes.  He published 46 books for children during his … Continue reading

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Little Helpers

Help your little helpers grow to be big helpers by creating an “I Can Help” book.  Talk about things the children do to help around the house and at school, and new things they can do that they haven’t done … Continue reading

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