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Spring Butterfly Writing Activity

This Spring Butterfly Craft Activity is a creative end of the school year, spring activity, or novel study for elementary students. I look forward to sharing this craft project with my students every year, and every year I’m AMAZED at my students’ creative ideas.   We all know students love

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Teaching Money Skills – Part 2

  ((If you’d like to read Teaching Money Skills Part 1, click here!))  Part 1 takes us from the very beginning stages of teaching students to work with coins up through basic identification.   If you’re reading these Teaching Money Skills Blog Posts in order, you’ll remember that we’ve gotten

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Easy Hack for Teaching Map Directions

If you’re in Ohio and you’re driving to Texas, what direction are you traveling? Build map skills with easy to make overlays from transparency film! Sounds easy enough, right? Right? Hello? Map skills and map directions never really go away; the skills just keep building year after year. Students need

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FREE Worksheet – Addition and Subtraction Word Problems Strategy

Free word problem comprehension strategy teaches students to apply reading comprehension strategies using CUBES or CUBED method – FREE!   This easy-to-use CUBES word problem strategy provides your students with the tools to solve addition and subtraction word problems. This strategy works because students are given a solid, concrete method

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Contact Paper Hack for Old Filing Cabinets

This is a quick blog post about the amazing transformation of an ugly duckling (in this case an old beat up filing cabinet) into a beautiful swan! Ok, well, beautiful might be a stretch – but it’s at least an attractive swan! Here is the before picture: I couldn’t look

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Improve Student Reading with DIY Reading Guides

Here’s a DIY hack to improve students’ reading by using a simple, easy-to-make reading guide to assist students with their tracking! You can easily make a simple “tool” to improve students’ visual tracking during reading. And best of all – it’s so easy! My students use these nearly every single

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