Easy Classroom Greenhouse

Easy Classroom Greenhouse

Investigating plants and seeds is a perfect spring activity. Buying special equipment to start and grow seeds kept me from doing such projects for a long time. With a few simple materials (most of which you probably already have) your class can create their very own...

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Recycling and Word Family Craft

Recycling and Word Family Craft

This is a fun and simple recycling project that can be used to celebrate Earth Day while practicing a word family. The bright colored flowers make a lovely spring decoration and can be used to create a "recycled garden" in the classroom by making this Recycling and...

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Sight Word Snowball Fight

Sight Word Snowball Fight

By late winter in Ohio, the cold temperatures keep us inside more than we'd like. That's why I'm always looking for ways to get the kids up and moving indoors in the winter. This sight word snowball fight is a fun way to move around inside while staying warm and...

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Ice Fishing For Sight Words

Ice Fishing For Sight Words

Winter themed activities make the long, cold months pass in a flash. We reserve a special time in January to study cold weather animals and sports. One fun way I've found to incorporate sight word practice is with the Ice Fishing for Sight Words activity. Luckily you...

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Red Hat -at Word Family Craft

Red Hat -at Word Family Craft

The fun picture book, Red Hat, inspired me to do a winter themed word family project. We have fallen in love with Lita Judge's book Red Hat. Its a simple book filled with beautiful illustrations. We were lucky enough to meet Lita Judge this fall at Defiance College's...

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Ornament Sight Words

Ornament Sight Words

Using holiday ornaments, students can practice their sight words and make their own sight word Chrismas tree! In this easy to organize activity, students will get “hands-on” with their sight word practice. They’ll love choosing a sight word ornament from the tree and...

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Pumpkin Seed Addition

Pumpkin Seed Addition

Practicing addition number sentences becomes a fun, fall, hands-on activity with pumpkin seeds and a free printable. This is a simple activity that can be easily added to any pumpkin or fall project the class is working on. With a small cup of pumpkin seeds per...

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Pumpkin Seed Sight Words

Pumpkin Seed Sight Words

Pumpkin seed sight words is a great activity to add to any pumpkin project. It will easily tie in sight word practice. With the free printable and a few pumpkin seeds, your kiddos will be happily working on sight words this fall. Pumpkin projects are some of our...

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Apple Print Sight Words and Printable Book Project

Apple Print Sight Words and Printable Book Project

This fun fall project lets students make apple prints while practicing sight words and cutting and pasting. When the project is finished, the students will have a book made from their apple prints that use six different sight words.  This apple print sight words and...

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Hands-On Number Sentences

Hands-On Number Sentences

Hands-on number sentences can be a ton of fun, especially when you let the kiddos add up some of their favorite things. We've been learning about number sentences and using dinosaurs, spiders, and snakes to do it. The kids can't get enough of number sentences when...

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Marble Roller Coaster Stem Project

Marble Roller Coaster Stem Project

Students of all ages love to ride rides. In this science activity, kindergarteners get to explore hands-on design as they build roller coasters for marbles. They'll quickly become engrossed in trying to make loops and hills in their mini roller coasters. Through trial...

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Beach Ball CVC Printable and Paper Plate Craft

Beach Ball CVC Printable and Paper Plate Craft

As the weather gets warmer it's hard to keep from dreaming about summer vacation. I love beach themes near the end of the school year. Water play days are especially fun in kindergarten. Keep the spirit of summer alive in the classroom as the kiddos continue to work...

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Recycled Paper Flowers

Recycled Paper Flowers

The kiddos will love collecting different types of paper for this recycling project. With a few scraps of unwanted paper they can create beautiful bouquets of flowers. I had the kids collect paper for a few days before we started the project. Newspaper, magazines,...

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Rain-Art Umbrellas

Rain-Art Umbrellas

With this fun spring activity your students can learn about spring weather and actually use the rain to change their designs. They'll have a blast creating rain-art umbrellas and watching the colors blend together in the rain. Don't worry, if you don't want to get wet...

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Pine Cone Penguin Bird Feeders

Pine Cone Penguin Bird Feeders

  In the winter, we love to study cold weather animals. This activity allows us to start by studying penguins and end by studying our own native birds that stay through the winter. Near the end of each fall, we collect pine cones to use for different projects...

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Snowflake Sorting Activity

Snowflake Sorting Activity

Studying snowflakes is one of my favorite winter science lessons. With this snowflake sorting activity you can practice sorting and classifying snowflake properties even if you don't get snow in your area. If you do get some (or a ton) of snow, I love to kick off this...

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Acorn Addition

Acorn Addition

Acorn Addition Fall provides so many hands on activities! This fall we used acorns to practice addition and learn about sharing and teamwork (a perfect segue into the Thanksgiving story!). First we collected acorns along with the many squirrels at our local park. We...

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Fall Leaves Word Family Activity + Free Printable

Fall Leaves Word Family Activity + Free Printable

Fall has so many great activities to incorporate into the classroom. One of my favorites is using fall leaves to practice word families. In the past, I've used real leaves we've collected from outside. But sometimes that gets a little messy so this year I'm trying...

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Bobbing For Words: Apple Activity and Free Printable

Bobbing For Words: Apple Activity and Free Printable

  Who doesn’t love bobbing for apples? It's a fun way to add a fall festive activity to the classroom. My kids love dipping their hands into a bowl filled with apples and cold water and trying to create words with what they grabbed. I put the activity out on a...

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10 Ways To Build A Classroom Library On A Budget

10 Ways To Build A Classroom Library On A Budget

10 Ways To Build A Classroom Library On A Budget Watching your students find a book they love and just can’t put down is incredible. It melts every teacher’s heart. But finding those incredible books for your classroom isn’t always easy…or cheap.  Stocking a classroom...

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6 Tips for Pumping Breast Milk at School

By Lindsay Whitman Drewes, Mom of 2 and Former Teacher At 8 weeks old, I left my first son to return to school. Luckily there was only one week until summer break began. Then at 18 weeks old, I left my son again to start a new school year. I planned on breastfeeding...

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