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Here's a thought: Why not take a tech platform that kids are already nuts about and put it to use? That was the thought at Cumberland Elementary School, in West Lafayette, Indiana, where first-grade teacher David Brantley used a parent donation to buy three Wii consoles. Brantley integrated some of the Wii's games and online channels into lessons on weather and geography. The result: "A great virtual map and globe activity," he says.

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How do you plan what you teach? Learn to plan for the whole year, then for specific topics, and then down to the daily lessons. Great advice on planning out your school year.

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Great article about the environment and Reggio.

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LEGO Word Family Sorting ~ Don't just sort words on paper! Sort them with DUPLO LEGO bricks. They are hands-on and very colorful! | This Reading Mama

Gumball Machine and Egg Flip teach children to recognize 24 high frequency words - free printable!

Students read a picture book in pairs. After reading they roll a dice and the corresponding number instructs them to apply a certain comprehension strategy - make a text to self connection, retell, determine importance, use questioning, visualizing, infer The set includes one game card for teachers to photocopy for each game. Please see my other free products to download this game for grades 3-6.

Learn a new way to help a child learn to read and improve his/her spelling and writing. topnotchteaching....

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Reciprocal Teaching Freebie from Teacher Inspired teacherinspired.b... Adapted from the work of Lori Oczkus author of Reciprocal Teaching at Work. ( IRA, 2010)

Looking for some books for kids? Check out this awesome list of read alouds for first graders - picture books, chapter books, and poetry!

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Yoga……aaaaah……relaxation. School assignments……uuuummmm……a little stressful? Could one possibly help with success in the other? I think so! Here’s an idea: use these posters at stations around your room. Place a math problem, a reading passage, or a challenge in any subject that you choose at each station with the yoga posters. Assignments? Easy-peasy now!

A step by step guide to the curriculum mapping process with an in depth video on using Excel to manage your map.

Excellent tips on how to use google chrome at school!