Activity Share: Short E Elephant Words

I use the Fundations® Program with my first-grade Basic Skills students. We follow an organized lesson plan with specific daily activities. However, there are days when I want to do a fun creative activity to tie into our lesson. That’s why after we finished … Read More

Phonics Fun: White Owl Puppets

This summer while tutoring a first grader in Fundations, I decided to make white owl puppets. I knew the lesson would not be the same without a mama owl and a baby owl. It took me one day to design the owls and to make … Read More

Point of View Writing Using The Talking Eggs

Two of my favorite topics to teach during traditional reading instruction and Readers Workshop were character traits and character point of view. In fact, long before our district adopted Readers Workshop as one of our Balanced Literacy instructional techniques, I would spend extra time on both topics with stories from … Read More

Is Your Vocabulary Instruction Common Core Ready?

As I think about the Super Bowl game between the Patriots and the Seahawks, my thoughts turn to the many obstacles teachers tackle on a daily basis. We have students who come into our lives with learning difficulties and in some cases family issues at … Read More

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