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What is Phonological Awareness?

Phonological awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds of language. As students begin to understand the connection between speech and print, they are able to segment sentences into words, then syllables, and finally to phonemes, or the sounds in our language. Alliteration and rhyming are also two phonological awareness tasks. Phonological awareness is often referred to as a continuum, however, not all skills are developed sequentially. While students need to be able

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Mondrian art image and "Mondrian Inspired Area and Perimeter Art Project" text

Mondrian Area & Perimeter Art Project

A few years back I came across this fun Piet Mondrian abstract art project that reviewed area and perimeter. Working at an arts integration school, it’s a perfect area and perimeter art project. We could explore a new artist and art style while also using the project to showcase our math learning. Bonus- I was able to use the activity as a formative check on area and perimeter. I could also use the project to

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Math Test Prep text on image with math manipulatives, protractors, fraction tiles, base ten blocks, and dice

Math Test Prep

The spring, especially in March, teachers in testing grades start really stressing the upcoming state testing. This year being everything it is, that state testing feels like a bigger beast in normal. The reality is, the work you do day in and day out each and every day prepares your kids for the test. You don’t need to do a ton of cramming or review just before the test. With that said, students need to

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40 Free Tens Frames Google Slides activities with roll and add

Roll & Build Digital Tens Frames Practice

This last year has brought significant changes to education. The classroom has been reimagined. I don’t know what things will look like when all is said and done, but in the meantime, what we use to reach students is vastly different than ever before. I’ve spent a lot of time creating digital resources, and trying to fill the gaps between what’s available and what teachers need for students. This free digital tens frames template and

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Google Classroom Organization: a video tutorial

Organizing Google Classroom

In the last 8 months, Google Classroom, and other learning management systems (LMS), use has skyrocketed. As a classroom teacher, I mainly only used Classroom to share Google Docs and Google Slides activities easily. I would post the assignment, click to make a copy for teach student, and go. I never really organized materials in there, and just kept my Classwork just one big stream. We already had e-learning days, and so I would use

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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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