Teaching Character Traits using the Kevin Henkes mouse books

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The past few weeks we have been immersed in my favorite books of the whole year: all of the Kevin Henkes mouse books! My students always love these books every year. I’m certain it is because the characters are quite relatable and SO much like my first graders! While I read these books they were all so interested and captivated! I heard so many connections while I was reading as well. My kiddos love the mouse characters!

After reading, I created some matching cards that had the book covers and a summary without any of the mouse names. They worked with a partner and read the cards and matched them with the correct book cover. After matching, they got my phone and took a picture of their matches- they LOVED that part! It was also so easy for me to check their work. I’ll definitely use that as a way to check work again- possibly during stations.

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Animal Research Project in the Lower Grades

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Each year in the spring, the teachers on my team do an animal research project. It’s how we kick off our animal unit and the kids just go crazy for it! When we walk into the computer lab and I tell them that they get to get on Pebble Go and explore- they lose their minds!  Read more

Book Clubs in 1st Grade

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I am here today to tell you all about how I help my advanced readers to dig deeper into books independently!
I have a small group of about 4 kiddos who have consistently been reading above grade level all year. They cam to me already proficient at decoding and reading for meaning. In January, I decided it would be a great time to get them started in a little book club. (This is just what I call it because it’s easy for my kids to understand the terminology. And they were super excited about it being a ‘club’. You can call it anything you want to! Book club, literacy circle, literacy club, book talk, etc.)

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Happy New Year: A Math & Literacy Unit

Hello friends! I am here today to show you my Happy New Year: A Math & Literacy Unit for 1st Grade! :) I created this last year, but I added a ton of updates to it recently. Check out the pages below OR head over to my TPT store and download the preview that shows you EVERY page! In my TPT store you will also find a FREEBIE of this product so that you can try a few pages out before you buy!

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