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Halloween Class Party Ideas (Kindergarten though 2nd Grade)

 October around here means trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treat, AND Halloween parties at school!  Whew!  At the elementary school where my children attend, they have parent-planned parties for Fall (Halloween) and for Valentine's Day.  I have been in charge of at least one of my boys' class parties for each of these holidays for the last seven years, so I have done plenty of Google searches for Halloween Class Party ...

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Roll and Retell Reading Comprehension Activity

It's the final day of our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series!!!  Since today is a Monday, we are focusing on reading comprehension.  This Roll and Retell Reading Comprehension Activity helps engage young readers in recalling details about a book. There are several important ways to help a child comprehend what he/she has read.  The first (and strongest, in my opinion) way is to help him/her make connections.  This ...

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Printable Rhyming Words Memory Game

  It's Day 29 of our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series!  Today we played this Printable Rhyming Words Memory game over and over and over.  My 5-year old daughter couldn't get enough of this game (and she beat me several times)! Identifying rhyming words is an important phonemic awareness skill for beginning readers.  This activity uses verbal/picture rhyming only...there are no words ...

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Environmental Print BINGO

  True Story:  The first word my oldest son ever "read" was "Sonic".  And by "read", I mean associated the logo with the word (the very beginning of reading).  I was super surprised, even as a teacher knowing the importance that environmental print plays in a child's language development.  I convinced myself that this phenomenon was due to the fact that he was obviously brilliant, meanwhile nonchalantly downplaying the role that ...

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Identifying Beginning, Middle, and Ending Sounds in Words

  Today is Tuesday of our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series and on Tuesdays we explore phonemic awareness concepts.  Identifying and isolating individual sounds in words can sometimes be difficult for beginning readers.  This activity aims to make what would normally be an auditory process into something more concrete and tangible without using letters (in keeping with true phonemic awareness). I ...

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Simple Story Map Printable for Kindergartners

 We are slowly but surely making our way through our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series (we are on Day 23 to be exact).  I already did a printable for reading comprehension, but wanted to add this Simple Story Map Printable for Kindergartners as well. This simple story map is perfect for kindergartners as it relies solely on pictures for identifying what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the ...

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