June 2015 - Tales from Outside the Classroom
Word Work Ideas for grades 2-4

Word Work in the Middle Grades

As a third grade teacher, I find that my word work center activities cover a variety of skills.  I want my students to review and refine their sight word knowledge specifically focused on the correct spelling of many high frequency words.  I want them to apply the phonics skills from the previous years and our current year’s instruction.  I want them to begin to recognize and apply affixes and have a base level understanding of

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Student gifts from teachers for the end of the year

Affordable Student Gifts for the End of the Year

As always, the end of the school year snuck up on me a little bit.  I mean, don’t get me wrong; I was SO ready for the end of the year.  But  suddenly, I felt like “Holy moly!  I need to get some student gifts!”  I know not everyone gives their students going away gifts, but I like to give them a little something.  I ended up loving what I did this year and how

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Hi! I'm Tessa!

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.

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