Free April Teaching Resources

You know what they say about April... April showers bring May flowers. In April, I always look forward to all things spring themed (and usually carry them right through May). If you're busy and need a quick freebie for your students, check out these April favorites! These Easter word problems are perfect for Easter time, [...]

Free Teaching Resources for March

Happy March! I'm going to be honest... I find a reason to love every month, especially when it comes to fun teaching topics and themes and March is no exception. From Read Across America, to St. Patrick's Day, to SPRING! This month, I have some free resources I think could save you time and your [...]

Fairy Tales To Teach Comprehension Lessons

Fairy tales are seriously one of my favorite teaching units, especially for early elementary students. Not only do they usually follow a nice problem-solution story line, but there are SO many fun spin off type stories that make teaching and comparing versions so much fun. From Jack and the Beanstalk to Little Red Hen, these [...]

5 Reasons I Love BOOM Cards™

As a classroom teacher I was always looking for fun ways to engage students with technology in the classroom, especially when I was meeting with small groups during guided math lessons. My biggest gripe with many of the apps or activities students were working on, was that the activities were almost always addressing very general [...]

Teaching Classroom Expectations with Varying School Models

Teaching classroom rules and expectations has always been a SUPER important part of launching the new school year positively. I always spend time setting collaborative classroom rules , practicing collaborative problem solving, and building classroom routines. This year feels a little bit different, with possibilities of varied, changing, and new visions of what your classroom might look [...]

Teaching Classroom Rules in a Classroom with Social Distancing

If your classroom has some social distancing precautions this year, teaching classroom rules may be a little bit different. You can still follow the steps for setting collaborative rules, even when the rules look a little bit different. For example, sharing is something my class normally encourages with our classroom expectations, however this year, sharing [...]