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Word Sorts of All Sorts!

phonics cover with bee saying long vowels o and u

We’re moving into the middle of the year! Our students are becoming more independent and excited about learning. Now is the time when I introduce more of my Word Sort activities to my students. I love to use my short vowel Word Sort Journals as a review. We use Fundations in our first-grade, so this is a quick activity they can do independently.  It’s also an easy activity for me to leave with my Basic Skills students. 

So, stop by my Chalkspot Teacher Store to find great activities for  your literacy centers. 

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PSA: Blackface Is NEVER Acceptable

Enough of racism and enough of blackface

As a 25-year Black educator in an affluent district, I feel the need to share this Public Service Announcement (PSA) about wearing Blackface as part of a costume. I have to do it for the Black students and Black teachers who may be in the minority at their school. (I’m one of 4 at 7 elementary schools.) All it takes is one White teacher to show up in Blackface to change the tone of the day. For example…

Every year in the weeks leading up to Halloween, we have the same discussion about wearing Blackface as part of a costume. Yet, there’s always a few who choose to ignore it.

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ReBlog: Teachers with Characters

Author TLanette Pollard as a Power Puff Girl

Teachers with Characters


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The teachers you remember most are the ones who were caring and connected with their students. When I think about teachers with character, I think about my former teachers who cared and connected with me. I only had a few, but a few is all you need to make a difference.

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Halloween Goodies! Chalkspot Teacher Store

Ugly Pumpkin, Chalkspot.com

One of my favorite classroom activities was Spyderley’s Oogly Pumpkin Patch! It was a great way to introduce my 2nd-grade students to persuasive writing and a fun activity for Halloween. Chalkspot Teacher Store also has Halloween Bookmarks and Fall/Holiday Writing paper. Stop by my store today! 

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ReBlog: Strategies for Supporting Counting & Cardinality Skills

Author TLanette Pollard as a Power Puff Girl

Primary students need to have strong counting and number sense skills to continue mastering important math skills as they get older. This is why I encourage parents of new first graders to focus on counting skills during the summer and throughout the school year.

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Chalkspot Teacher Store: September is Here!

Power Point sign with warm yellow back ground, clip art children saying "Welcome Back to School!"

Here are a few items to help you start your school year off right! All teachers want to make a very good impression with students and parents in September. (I know some of my colleagues have been working since August.) We have PowerPoint Presentations and desk tags to suit your needs.