Movement Activities for First Grade

The school day can be tough on young students. There are long stretches of time when they must be still and quiet. It’s important that we give them opportunities to move throughout the day! Being able to stand and move, even for a few seconds, can improve focus, creativity, and stamina. Today, I have three […]

Sight Word Activities for First Grade

Sight word mastery is one of the BIGGEST things first graders are asked to do. However, word work feels a little stale after a while. We ask our students to drill the same words, the same way, all year long. You may be looking for some fresh ways to practice sight words with your students! […]

Fall Writing Fun in First Grade

I love the start of a new season! It gives me the chance to introduce new activities in my classroom. In my opinion, the transition into fall is one of the most exciting. It’s the first chance you have to start celebrating the seasons with your students. All of the pumpkin and apple activities build […]

How to Keep Early Finishers Engaged

Keeping early finisher students engaged is so important, and can be so tricky! So many of us fall into the trap of telling our early finishers to pick up a book. Reading is a great activity for early finishers, but we don’t want it to be the only activity! With all of the things our […]

Teaching Plants & Animals with NGSS

Woohoo – another first-grade NGSS unit is ready to teach in a super simple and engaging way for your students!  As I’ve shared before, teaching Science was never one of my strengths as a teacher! However, once we adopted the important NGSS, I knew I had to work hard to understand the ins and outs […]

Fun Facts in First Grade

Years ago, I began sharing random facts with my students. At first, I did it simply because I love fun facts myself. I’m a little bit of a nerd. Over time, the fun facts became a part of our daily routine. My students looked forward to learning what the new fact of the day would […]