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5 Ways to Organize Worksheets for Common Core Math Standards

August 23, 2021 1 Comment

Would you like an easy way to know the Common Core Standards for math and ELA? How can you be sure you are teaching all the common core reading standards for your grade? Do you wonder if your stash of worksheets addressed a certain standard? As teachers, we are notorious for collecting ideas. It doesn’t take long for our files to be filled with potential learning activities. The problem is after all these years, it is…

12 Back to School Books for Elementary Students

August 6, 2021 No Comments

One way I start building a classroom community is through reading stories aloud each day. My elementary students LOVE when I read to them. It is a great way to model fluency, reading with expression, and best of all it’s FUN! Going back to school can be exciting and scary at the same time. These stories help break the tension and help students understand they aren’t alone. Looking for book extension ideas, keep reading! Here are…

Tips for Keeping Virtual Students Engaged

January 3, 2021 No Comments

Engaging elementary students during online instruction is challenging. Here are some ideas to keep students actively participating as well as assessing their level of understanding. TIP # 1 THUMBS-UP THUMBS-DOWN Signs Thumbs-Up sign. I LOVE these large thumbs up cards. They are MUCH easier for me to see than the thumbs on their hand. I’ll ask a question to the class, and then ask them, “If you agree, thumbs-up. If you disagree, thumbs down.” You can…

Martin Luther King, Jr Dream Quilt

January 3, 2021 No Comments

“I Have a Dream” craft and bulletin board project for elementary students. Based upon the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, this craft allows students to share their own visions for the world. Writing squares can be combined with graphic squares to create individual or class quilts. Making the world a better place for everyone is just as important today as it was 50 years ago. Sadly our world is full of strive and conflict….

Solution to No Name Papers

December 9, 2019 1 Comment

If you had a dime for every minute you spent trying to figure out whose “No Name” paper belonged to, you’d be rich! For years I have been frustrated by this chronic problem too; especially when there is more than one child forgetting. Well, I am going to share my All-Time BEST teacher management tip: I stumbled across this simple, yet amazing idea from Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff Labeled Clothespins!! Here’s what I did: I…

Great Read Alouds for Elementary Children

December 8, 2019 No Comments

Use these books to get children hooked on reading! The Kid in the Red Jacket by Barbara Park Any child who has had to adjust to moving to a new school will immediately identify with Howard Jetter.  This humorous tale written by Barbara Park deals with the awkwardness of making new friendships.  Plus you can’t help but fall in love with six year old Molly Vera Thompson.  Despite the differences in age and interests, Howard realizes…

Spelling Practice for Any Word List

October 20, 2019 No Comments

FREE printable spelling worksheets that you can use with any spelling list. They are perfect for homework or in-class practice.  Do you have differentiated lists? No problem! The children use their own spelling lists. Also, there is flexibility in the number of words; 10, 15, or 20. So let’s take a look at your FREE Spelling Worksheets: Spelling Ships Worksheet First, let’s set sail with one of my favorite ways to practice correct letter order with…

Classroom Organization Ideas

August 11, 2019 1 Comment

If you are getting the itch to clean, purge, and reorganize your work spaces, here are some of my favorite tips. CLASSROOM LIBRARY BENCH This clever idea come from Kristin at A Teeny Tiny Teacher. She used IKEA bookshelves (sold here)  and turned them sideways. She made bench pads using foam and outdoor fabric for extra durability. To fill in the gap in the corner she placed a table with a lamp. I think this is…

Reading and Math Review for the Summer

July 7, 2019 3 Comments

  How can you keep your child’s reading and math skills sharp during the summer? Well, I am excited to share that I have a solution! My latest product is called Summer Review Going Into Grade 2. It is designed for children who have finished First Grade and are preparing for 2nd grade. Each page has math and language arts practice. The fun summer themed graphics to make the pages more appealing to the children. Who…

Welcome! I'm Alison Monk, a primary teacher with a passion for creating educational materials that engage kids and teachers love! I hope this blog encourages and inspires you. I'm so glad you are here! Read More

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My name is Alison Monk and I love helping teachers like you be successful. My passion is to support you with effective tips and engaging resources. I love children's literature, Golden Retrievers, and coffee!

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