Reading Group Games and Activities

So you've got your guided reading books and you read the book with your group. Now WHAT?  Do you need some games and activities to target certain reading skills? I've got you covered for grades K-3.  Each pack comes with over 50 games, activities, graphic organizers, and teaching tools. There are games and activities for comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and phonics.

Here are a few items included (remember there are OVER 50). 

I am a first grade teacher, but I use everything in the 2nd grade pack as well because I had some really high readers this year! Some of the items overlap with K/1, so please be aware of that. 

I had one of my favorite teacher-friends Brittany help me create a pack that is perfect for 3rd graders. I use this pack with my highest readers and it's helped me teach skills to them that I would not have even thought to teach (#firstgradeteacherforlife). The games that help reinforce the skills are fun, effective and the students love them! 

Get ready for an upcoming post on ALL THINGS ORGANIZATION with Guided Reading!

Back to School Amazon Guide!

I don't know how June passed so quickly, or how it's possible that we're already halfway through July, but I am sad to say that the summer is flying by faster than we all would like! Before we know it, our new students will be walking in the doors and it will be time to start a brand new year! 

So without further ado, here is our unofficial official:

(Please note: This post contains affiliate links.)

You can never have too many glue sticks! This pack of 30 would be great to start the year off. 

Pro tip: Save extra caps in a bucket so when a student loses their cap (and you know they will!) there will be extras to use!

I love a good set of colored scissors! This rainbow set it fun and you can use a different color for each table group so you always know where they belong. 

I highly recommend investing in a good quality pencil sharpener! This one is my favorite! But this X-acto School Pro  (below) is great too! 

Every teacher needs a good set of markers for making anchor charts. Mr. Sketch are, in my opinion, the best! And bonus - they smell amazing!

Veteran teachers will tell you - Ticonderoga pencils are the best pencils! They write dark and don't chip off when sharpened. Trust me, you don't want to pay cheaper prices for cheaper pencils. 

Pro tip: Grab the pre-sharpened pencils to make your life even easier! 

I'm not quite sure why I get so excited about colored Expo markers, but I seriously LOVE them! I love to have all the colors ready and available to use during my lessons. This Vibrant Color Mix is perfect!

Rachelle's advice: Grab the black low odor expo markers for students to use! They erase the best and last the longest!

I didn't invest in a personal laminator until my 6th year of teaching and I'm kicking myself for not buying one sooner! In fact, I recommend you buy one for your classroom AND home if possible! 

P.S. Only need new pouches? Click here!

How cool are these Dry Erase Pockets? They are great for centers, math practice, spelling activities and more! 

I love having caddies for each table group to use for shared supplies. It makes passing out and collecting classroom supplies a breeze. 

Teacher Tip: Have a "table captain" for each group assigned to organize and pass out supplies. It makes a great classroom job!

This 12 pack of washable, Elmer's glue is Amazon's best seller and is ON SALE for a killer deal! Or grab these cute mini bottles
If you plan on making slime anytime this year, or just want to have a supply on hand for refills, grab this gallon bottle!

Teacher Hack: Read this post about how to prevent clogged glue! It might change your life! 

Hands down, flair pens are my favorite pens for grading and writing in my Erin Condren teacher planner! They write smooth and dark, but don't bleed through the page! These are a MUST HAVE for me! (Try these tropical colors too!)

Thanks for checking out our Back to School Amazon Teacher Guide! Which supplies do you think are must-haves for the new school year, please share with us in the comments! 

End of Year Emoji Writing and Bulletin Board

I decided after having my bulletin board the same for the past 4 months, I'd change it up.  I love incorporating writing with my bulletin board and this one was so much fun! As the school year is winding down, my students keep saying how much they are going to miss me OR they can't wait for 2nd grade.  I decided to have them write about how they felt leaving 1st grade and we of course had to use EMOJIS!

I printed the emojis on yellow paper and glued them each to a white poster. I had the students walk around and write different emotions that each of the emojis were showing. 

Here's an example:

Then we gathered the posters and talked about each emotion and how they relate to how we are feeling about leaving this grade-level and entering a new one. 
They then picked the emoji that most strongly represented how they felt. I went through each poster and they raised their hand to tell me if they wanted that one. If so, I put a tally of how many copies to make of that emoji on the back of its poster.

They then began to write using the circled writing paper. When they were finished, they brought up their writing paper and picked up their emoji cover. I stapled the two at the top of the circle and they cut both out at the same time. This way, it remained stapled.

The Teacher Planner YOU MUST HAVE!

This is a review in partnership with Erin Condren and contains affiliate links. These opinions are my own. I would never review a product that I did not LOVE and this my friends, is love.

It's no secret that I love my Erin Condren Teacher Planner. I have been using them for 7 years! Each time they get better and better and this year.... IT IS THE BEST ONE YET! Sorry for yelling. But, I have to be real with you. They have made the most simple changes this year, yet they make the most impact. And guess what?!?! The new planners come out MAY 29TH!

My Top 10 Favorite Features:

1. The pre-dated, monthly and weekly spreads are everything! (YES- The dates are already put in the planner for you! No writing them in yourself!)
2. Lots of checklist pages, notes pages, and a new notes section on the lesson planning pages keeps you organized and allows you to keep your do-to list all in one place.
3. 208 pages- 12 months included (so great to use over the summer to plan and organize as well) and I really like how the month view calendar is now directly in front of your lesson planning pages for that month.
4. A sheet protector is included (you can add more if you want) and is perfect to put your recess schedule in.
5. The coil is sturdier and bigger (33 mm) and comes in gold, rose, platinum or black. SO MANY OPTIONS!
6. The interchangeable covers make my heart happy.  The new designs are so dang do we even choose? Oh you don't have to! You can buy multiple covers because they are interchangeable.
7. The pages are thick and sturdy!
8. ALL the accessories this year are soooo good. The Snap-in Dashboard To-do List doubles as a bookmark/page keeper and to-do list (see above picture)! I also recommend the Planny Pack to carry all of your accessories.
9. The folder in the back is perfect for any loose papers you need to keep handy.
10. The quality of the planner is worth every penny.

I love my Erin Condren Teacher Planner. If I use something for 7 consecutive years, it shows that not only is it cute, but it is functional and effective. If you want to see more, head over to our Instagram and click on our Favorites IG Highlight circle to see video of the planner!

Head over to Erin Condren on May 29th and get your own!

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