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After reflecting, I knew that I needed to change my morning work routine. My students did the same paper pencil based assignment each week. It was boring. Many of them seemed to be going through the motions just to be done. After finishing they could work on an early finisher activity. Some activities were logic games, building challenges, etc. I loved that they had a little time each morning to collaborate and practice social skills before diving into our day. "How can I get them…

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Games to Strengthen Math Skills

Use this Connect Four game to have students practice their Spanish numbers. They…

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STEM Bins: Hands-on Solutions for Early Finishers

STEM Bins: Hands-on Solutions for Early Finishers, Centers, Morning Work, and Behavior Incentives! Instead of giving our students MORE work, let's give them more MEANINGFUL work. Perfect for Pre K, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Students More

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What's Your Name? Fitness Activity Printable for Kids

What's your name? Fitness activity for kids. Your kids will get a workout without realizing it when you make fitness into a fun game.

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The Apple Tree Room: Classroom Overhaul -- Step 4: Make Milk Crate Seats

6 Fun Math Games Using Cards

Are you after some more fun math games that you can use with your students? Maybe you’re teaching your kids about problem solving or you would like to develop their number work. I find math card games are a fantastic way for kids to practice and consolidate math skills, but in a non-threatening and highly motivational way. If you’re looking for some easy card games to provide consolidation of a concept you have already taught, I’m sharing my top 6 fun math games using cards.

Last week, we celebrated being 100 days smarter! It was the 100th day of school, which is so hard to believe that the year is more than ha...

Creative Activities for Celebrating the 100th Day of School

100 REASONS WE LOVE OUR SCHOOL AND FIRST GRADE (Classroom bulletin-board, Catholic Schools Week, Valentine's Day, 100th Day of School)

"Discussion Tables" - Pick a passage from a book you are reading and glue it to the center of bulletin board paper and have the students write their thoughts about the passage.

Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten: Planning for a Sub {Bright Idea}