We’re so excited to tell you—we have not 8, not 10 but lucky 13! milestone success stories to share with you.
We asked each of these talented Teacher-Authors to pick a resource and pair it with a teaching tip. (Pssst: We heard there’s a BIG SALE coming up. Might be the perfect batch of resources to add to your cart.)
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1. Ashlee Magee from Kentucky runs Mrs Magee.
She says, “A big part of first grade is building and increasing fluency. These Roll and Read activities provide engaging and differentiated practice in reading real words, nonsense words, and sentences containing short vowels all with the simple roll of a dice. A spinner is included to help students practice reading with different expressions. Students also tally the number of times they roll each number for a bit of math practice.”
2. From Texas, Crystal is behind Kreative in Kinder.
Just in the nick of time, the Back to School Early Finisher’s Tub for Aug-Sept! “Take the guess work out of what to do when kids finish their work early. Keep students engaged and learning while maintaining peace in the classroom. Everyone wins!”
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3. Cyndie Dunn is from “good ol’ Sin City!” Nevada and runs Chalk One Up for the Teacher.
She enjoys a cheerful classroom and recommends the Room Themes ULTIMATE – Buggin’ Out! She says, “I feel that creating a warm, fun and welcoming classroom environment is very important. Not only do I love for our classroom to be a place where students love to come to learn, I also spend a large part of my waking hours in there. I like to have something nice to see during the day, too.”
4. Louisiana’s own Erin Cobb of Lovin Lit has some pretty spectacular Interactive Reading Notebooks Informational Text: Nonfiction for Common Core 4-8. She says, “Interactive notebooks promote active learning and provide a record of what your students have learned throughout the year and a resource for them to refer back to!” Check them out.
5. Anna from New York runs Simply Skilled in Second and is understandably enthusiastic about her Guided Reading Flip-Flap Books! She says they’ve “completely transformed my guided reading groups. This resource has allowed me to ensure that I am addressing each one of the CCSS in reading while providing my students with a fun and interactive tool! What I love best about this resource is that it allows for true differentiation within my instruction, yet the students are all given the same flip-flap book to use. I can’t wait to begin using this resource again with my new second graders!”
6. Jennifer Smith-Sloane hails from Texas and runs 4mulaFun.
Of her Interactive Notebook Starter Pack for all SUBJECTS she suggests, “Modeling skills to our students is important and often we don’t realize how much they pick up from us when it comes to organization, study skills, interaction with others, and perseverance.”
7. Presto Plans‘ own Bonnie from New Brusnwick highlights A Year of English Class Starters: Prompts, Literacy Terms, Quotes & Discussion about which she says, “Starting your classes with engaging and relevant bell-ringer activities is an excellent way to set the classroom tone, establish a routine, and monitor student progress.”
8. Halle comes to us from New Jersey and runs Across the Hall in 2nd Grade.
She features Reading Comprehension Passages and says, “My Fall Reading Comprehension passages are a fun & easy way to introduce and reinforce answering open ended questions. Plus, they’re Common Core aligned!” Double win!
“The worksheets are skill specific and aligned to the 2nd grade Common Core Math standards. The front side of the worksheet is specific to the weekly target skill and the backside is a continuous review of previously taught skills. The sheet works best when used as a formative assessment. Students work on the sheet independently and then the teacher checks the sheet daily when the students finish. The teacher will adjust instruction accordingly throughout the week based on the progress students show while completing the sheets. By the end of the week, the students successfully complete the skill assessment test (included).”
10. Amanda & Catherine of Lightbulb Minds come to us from South Carolina and offer a delightful Reading Strategies Unit #4 – Compare/Contrast, Draw Conclusions & More. They say, “Our reading strategies units have everything teachers need to help intermediate readers build strong reading strategies — instructional slideshows, practice activities, assessments, and more! The best part is they can be integrated into any reading program!”
11. Melissa Case from the Idaho runs The Enlightened Elephant.
In “case” (sorry Melissa, you probably get that all the time) you need some Editable Bright Polka Dot Labels, Melissa says, “These fun polka dot labels are great for supplies, table signs, binder covers and much more!”
12. Little Red’s Schoolhouse’s Kristin and Katie from Ontario, Canada think their Informational Reading Passages with Comprehension Questions Bundle (all 160) is worth a try! They say, “These passages can be used to assess your students’ comprehension skills. With 160 topics to choose from (all with questions), how they are used is quite flexible, e.g. as morning work, homework, at reading stations, or as test prep! They are aligned to Common Core standards as well.”
13. And lucky 13 goes to Laura Martin from Mississippi!
Laura says, “I created these coupons from a need for positive and inexpensive incentives for my grade level. I introduce a few coupons each week. This builds excitement and keeps interest up during the year. First Grade is like going to the circus everyday, and I love it!!” Check out Laura’s Classroom Coupons – 50+ Coupons to Reward and Inspire.
A HUGE round of applause for our most recent milestone success stories! What a bunch of talented and creative teachers! We encourage you to make use of their favorite resources with your students.