Get off on the “Write” Foot with this Poem in My Pocket

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from first grade teacher and CKA Board Member, Deborah Meng.  If you missed her fabulous Tuesday Teaching Tip, Poem in My Pocket, you’ll want to check it out first and then come back to this post. I’ve seen the following poem several different ways. I love this one because of the writing focus. I am going to use this as one of my...

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A Poem to Get Your Year off on the Right Foot

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the classroom of first grade teacher and CKA Board Member, Deborah Meng.  If you didn’t catch Poem in My Pocket, one of our past Tuesday Teaching Tips, you’ll want to check out how she uses these poems as an awesome part of her reading instruction. Here are some good beginning of the year poems/songs: Found an Apple (to the tune...

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10 Easy, Hands-On Dollar Store English Language Arts Activities

10 Easy, Hands-On Dollar Store English Language Arts Activities

Budget taken a beating?  Don’t have time for endless prep work?  Looking for low-cost hands-on ideas that will get your kids engaged and learning for less?  Look no further!  Here are ten easy hands-on English language arts activities – all using items you can find at your local dollar store!   1) Pipe cleaner letters.  Have your children bend pipe cleaners to make the target...

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Stamp Out Boredom in Your Writing Center – A Quick and Easy Kindergarten Writing Activity

Stamp Out Boredom in Your Writing Center – A Quick and Easy Kindergarten Writing Activity

Writing Center getting a little dull?  Looking for a new way to spice things up?  Try “stamp stories”.  Simply provide your students with some stamps (these could easily go along with your theme or the season) and let them build their picture and story around the stamp.  New theme/season?  New stamps and new stories!  Endlessly exciting and almost nothing to prep – just...

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Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President

Did you know you can write the president?  Even better – you’ll get a response!  You can choose to send a traditional letter or email the President. This is a great way to add a present day touch to your President’s Day studies and incorporate writing into your social studies lessons.  If you’re looking for a math lesson, these patriotic patterns will add some...

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