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Dolch Sight Word Turkeys Example

Sight Words Turkeys

Learning sight words can be tricky and I’m always looking for new ways for students to practice their sight word recognition.  One of the best way to improve students’ abilities to read sight words, is by having them read the words in various settings and fonts.  Often, while doing sandwich drills with flash cards, I’d grow frustrated that students would know the word when they were working with me, but if they saw it anywhere

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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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Sight word shakers are an easy center.

Sight Word Shakers

I receive office supplies from Shoplet.com from time to time to try out.  I was super excited when these Astrobright sets arrived at my house. I received the Neon Astrobrights colored paper and the Happy Astrobrights colored card stock sets.   I generally just use the colored paper that my school supplies and I rarely, rarely have used card stock.  Well, after using both of these sets, I don’t think I’ll be going back to either.  I

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Thanksgiving Ideas for Home and School

First up, I’m so excited to be joining in on First Grade and Fabulous‘s Thanksgiving Recipes linky party.   So, the first recipe I’m sharing with you is for Apple Pie Moonshine.  I understand that it may not be a typical Thanksgiving recipe.  But, I know that many of you need some help to make it through the holidays so this might be the perfect addition to your recipe collection!  Plus, it’s delicious! It’s seriously

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Fry Phrase Baseball

A while back I shared this post at Wild about Teaching.  Since I’ve gotten so many new followers, I thought I’d share it with you all again. Fluency is an often overlooked aspect of reading instruction.  I know that I was guilty of it for a long time.  I would try to throw in a Readers Theater on weeks that were “off” and we couldn’t do our normal routines.  I would talk to the kids

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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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