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Black History Month Activities for the Primary Classroom

February is a short month with lots of fun activities to focus on! I love spending the month of February teaching my students all about important historical figures in celebration of Black History Month. If you’re looking for some fresh ideas to add to your lessons, you’re in luck! Today I’m sharing all of my favorite books, activities, and ideas for Black History Month! Black History Month Books Every new…

Halloween Activities for the Primary Classroom

Halloween is such a fun holiday to celebrate in the primary classroom. Students LOVE all the spooky things, which means you can use this to your advantage in your lessons! Planning fun, Halloween-themed lessons will engage your students and make learning extra fun. Check out a few of my favorite fun and simple Halloween activities for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade! Halloween Books & Writing Activities If you teach littles,…

Chick Life Cycle Activities

Many early elementary teachers cover the plant life cycle and the butterfly life cycle, but have you have studied the life cycle of chicks? This is SUCH and fun and engaging science unit to use in your classroom, especially during early spring! Today, I am bringing you a roundup of all my favorite activities to use with my littles to learn all about the chick life cycle! INTRODUCE THE CHICKEN…

Butterfly Life Cycle Activities

Spring is filled with so many fun and engaging topics of study! Every year, I look forward to diving into exciting new science units with my students. One of my students’ favorites is always the life cycle of the butterfly. Every year it seems this topic is truly captivating to kiddos, making student engagement a breeze! Today I am sharing my absolute favorite books, lessons, and activities to teach your…

Plant Life Cycle Activities

Spring is such a great time to start exploring some new science topics. One of my favorite topics to dive into is the plant life cycle. Kids LOVE learning about plants because it is so relatable to their world. As a teacher, I love any topic that requires minimal coaxing for student engagement and the plant life cycle certainly fits the bill! Today I am bringing you my all-time favorite…

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day in your classroom? Adding some holiday flair to your lessons is a great way to excite your students about their work and add some variety to your day! St. Patrick’s Day is already such a silly and mischievous holiday, it doesn’t take much to excite younger students for this one. Check out my favorite ways to sprinkle a little magic into your lessons…

President’s Day Activities

I love teaching young children about U.S. History. History is our window to the past and can be truly captivating when taught with engaging activities. However, conveying the importance of holidays like President’s Day to young learners can sometimes be a little tricky! Today I am bringing you my favorite President’s Day activities to engage your students! Check out these no-prep ideas to bring exciting history lessons to your classroom!…

100th Day of School Activities

Finally reaching the 100th Day of School is SO exciting! I love the planning and build-up that happens all year in preparation as the children practice counting up to 100! Once the day has finally arrived, I like to make sure I do some extra special activities with my classroom to celebrate. Today, I’m sharing my favorite 100th Day of School activities to help you celebrate with your littles! What…

Parent-teacher conference tips

Whether your parent-teacher conferences fall within the first few weeks of a brand new school year or halfway through (or both! 🙈), they can cause an insurmountable amount of stress. But they don’t have to! Today I have three quick and easy parent-teacher conference tips to share with you! AND because I love to make your teacher life easier, be sure to grab my FREE forms for parent-teacher conferences at…

Morning tubs for kindergarten and first grade

Do you struggle to tame the chaos of your mornings? There are SO many things you need to attend to during this time. You are greeting students, unpacking, lunch count, attendance, announcements and SOOO much more. So how can we ensure that our mornings go smoothly?? Drumroll pleeeease…..🥁🥁🥁 Morning tubs!! Just imagine a classroom environment filled with students who enter the classroom each morning eager to get to work. 🤩…

Growth mindset in the primary grades

Getting your students to face a challenge with excitement and optimism can be difficult for any teacher. Doing things that are hard or new is generally something people of all ages avoid. But with our primary students, we are in a unique situation to train them and their thinking so they can thrive when faced with challenges and learning new things. Help your students go from “I can’t…” to “I…

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