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Caterpillar Families

I’ve got a busy weekend this weekend!  Today, I’m working with my favorite non-profit on a fun activity for the kiddos in the city and then going to a birthday party.  Tomorrow I’m watching my favorite three munchkins for a while and then heading to a cookout.  Most teachers love summer because it’s when things relax for them. Things only seem to get busier for me during the summer and I think this weekend is

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Sight Words

Our kinders are struggling with identifying their sight words.  They do better when the words are in isolation, but struggle when they are within text.  While this isn’t exactly the same as reading the words in the context of a book, I thought it would be a fun way to practice identifying them.  Students find the word and color it in with the corresponding color.  Some of the words repeat.  I also created a blank

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Word chunks reference sheet

Word Chunks Freebie

I have always been of the mindset that it’s important to use formal names for things with children.  They’re capable of learning them and it can continue to strengthen their vocabulary skills in other ways.  In most aspects of my day, I stay true to this philosophy.  I use “schema” with my students; I explicitly teach comprehension strategies and expect students to use their formal names.  I teach content vocabulary and expect students to 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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