Check out this great list of activities for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade!
Read all about this fun Meet the Teacher activity, along with several back to school anchor charts and class posters that are perfect for the start of the new school year
I LOVE this letter recognition resource for guided reading, one-to-on instruction and intervention! It fits into a binder and is SO versatile! It’s a must have if you teach pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, or ESL students!
Teaching adjectives and verbs with popcorn?! Sign. Me. Up. This activity is teacher and student-approved. I promise, your kiddos will love it and will be talking about it all school year long. Plus, they’ll have a great foundation for these concepts afterward!
If you teach little guys, then the start of the year is all about teaching them foundational skills in everything. Which is why I love math crafts! They’re a fun way to reinforce foundational numeracy skills, such as subitizing and making ten, along with fine motor work and following directions! #winning
And, if you want to get your kiddos pumped up about a school year full of reading, while teaching them to LOVE books, then you have to check out these activities that help celebrate reading! They will share out their thoughts on their favorite books – and work on their reading reading comprehension skills as an added bonus!
Another great must-have for teaching foundational math skills is this math binder that’s great for small group instruction, math stations, and intervention. Teachers will appreciate the simplicity of the format and students benefit from the engaging activities!
Lastly, is this resource that includes FIFTY SETS of flashcards based off of kindergarten and first grade standards. They are extremely versatile and can be added to a number of activities that you already do in your classroom – from centers to small group to guided reading – the possibilities are endless!
This is the *best* science curriculum for the start of the school year! Your students will familiarize themselves with introductory science vocabulary, concepts, and skills – including safety!
And, don’t forget, there’s a MEGA SALE going on on Teachers Pay Teachers right now where you can save 25% right now! Al of the resources mentioned above have a ‘Shop this Resource’ link underneath the image. Or, you can hop over to shop all of my resources at Babbling Abby on TpT.
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Grab a FREE set of Manuscript and D’Nealian letter practice worksheets that can be used in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms for students who are learning the alphabet. Each page includes a corresponding picture and lined spaces for practicing letter formation.
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One of my goals for the month of June was to have my August Anchor Charts and Class Posters finished by the end of the month, so that teachers can begin prepping for Back to School as soon as they’re ready. I’ve been working away and am thisclose to having them finished! Yay!
One of the templates included will be an All About My Teacher set – a great activity for the first day of school when your students are getting to know you. Here’s a little teaser pic…
As a little motivation for me to get this set finished ASAP, I’ve decided to mark the bundle WAY down until I’ve added August to it! So, if you don’t own the bundle, you can grab it for $12 for a limited time! This means you’ll get an ENTIRE year’s worth of templates for less than the cost of three sets. That’s 50+ templates for thematic anchor charts and class posters!!! OMG! Snag it HERE.
I hope you’re having a GREAT summer! And, if you’re still finishing up the end of school year, you’re so close – your GREAT summer is just waiting for you!
As I’m sure many of you know, I absolutely LOVE fun fonts. So much so that I decided to make my own last year to share with the teaching community. But, before I became a digital font designer, I used to LOVE to doodle and play around with handwriting ALL. THE. TIME. In fact, handwriting was one of my favorite subjects in elementary school. The day we started learning cursive might as well have been a holiday in second grade.
Sadly, handwriting is rarely considered a subject these days as penmanship simply cannot compete with content-driven instruction and digital writing pieces. Instead, students must passively pick up handwriting – often with incorrect formation, strokes, and writing utensil grip. Sigh. But there is SUCH good research for the many benefits of handwriting instruction that we shouldn’t just write it off (pun completely intended). If you need more convincing, read HERE or HERE or HERE!
So what can you do? How can you easily incorporate handwriting into your school day when every single stinkin’ second is already spent? My suggestion would be to combine it with something else you’re already teaching or incorporating into you school day. Like, for instance, sight words!
Sight words are often a focus during guided reading, literacy centers, and intervention. This can give the teacher an opportunity to explicitly teach the word, along with proper letter formation and pencil grip.
By teaching sight words and handwriting simultaneously, you’re really getting the most bang for your educational buck! The resource pictured in this post not only includes a set of Dolch sight words for each list, but also includes a handwriting sheet and twenty task cards to use for additional practice within a small group or literacy center.
You can easily incorporate handwriting and sight word practice into the curriculum and schedule you currently use. They also make excellent resources for review, intervention, morning work, or even additional practice for home. The possibilities are endless!
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The BUNDLE is a great deal, especially for use when differentiating instruction!
And, guess what?! I’m offering a FREE sample from each pack so you can check it out and even try it if you want! Just subscribe to The Inspired Apple using the form at the bottom of this post and it will be sent to you instantly!
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I am a BIG believer in celebrating students. I’m sure you agree, the workload they carry these days is pretty hefty, and they work their hearts out to improve academically, socially, and personally throughout the school year. Their efforts are commendable and deserve to be recognized and celebrated!
Whether you’re up for a mid-year celebration or are looking to send your students off at the end of the school year with recognition and appreciation for their excellence, I definitely encourage you to check out The Golden Pencil Awards.
This set of SIXTY student awards recognizes everything from content-specific successes in various subject areas (i.e. math, reading, STEM, physical education, arts and humanities, etc.), to character and virtue achievements (i.e. friendliness, personality, kindness, charity, etc.) to Most Likely to be a Teacher and Honor Roll.
And, if the award you need is missing, you can create your own within the included editable slides!
Each award comes with three printable options: a certificate, a badge, or a necklace. You can pick how you will recognize your kiddos.
Pair each award with a special pencil and you have a personalized, inexpensive way to celebrate each of your kiddos!
You can print the awards on everything from white copy paper, to your favorite colored Astrobrights, or go really fancy with metallic gold paper. The options are endless! You can even fill out and sign each award with gold sharpie to really make the award pop!
Oriental Trading also allows you to customize a set of GOLD pencils with Golden Pencil Award! How fun is that! Or, you can simply buy a fun set of pencils from your favorite dollar spot.
No matter what you do, your kids are sure to feel recognized, appreciated, and celebrated – and that’s what it’s all about!
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Appropriate for Grades: kindergarten, first grade, second grade
Skill: Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones
This math craft is perfect for using with students in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade who are working with base ten. It aligns with Common Core StandardCCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.NBT.B.2 and will fit into your math curriculum activities for teaching students represent numbers using base ten blocks. All the templates pictured are included, making this a fun and easy activity to complete with your kiddos. It’s fun, engaging, and simple to do!
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Are you looking for a fun and easy way to help your students learn about different ways to protect the environment? Well, this is an easy-peasy way for students to put the option to reduce, reuse, and recycle into practice!
Stage the activity by printing these little slips of paper that show items that can be reduced, reused, and/or recycled.
Then, explain to your students that you were going to throw these items in the garbage, BUT you thought maybe they could help you determine if they could actually be saved!
Have a kiddo choose a crumbled piece of paper and open it. Then, he or she will determine whether or not that item can be reduced, reused, and/or recycled. Then, he or she will justify the way they will save the item and color in the response(s). For example, “I can reduce the use of magazines by reading articles online. I can reuse the magazines for craft projects. I can recycle the magazines by putting them in the bin for our recycling team to pick up!”
Lastly, the student will paste the object to the poster. I made mine to look like a recycling bin by cutting mirroring shapes out on either side and adding a little washi tape outline. This poster can then be easily referenced throughout your Earth Day studies, too!
You can grab this activity for your classroom HERE.
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Appropriate for Grades: pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, second grade
Skill: add within twenty
This math craft is perfect for using with students in pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade who are working on adding within twenty. It aligns with Common Core Standard CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.C.5C and will fit into your math curriculum activities for teaching students to add within twenty. There are options for adding within five and within ten, specifically. It’s fun, engaging, and simple to do!
I love to do crafts with my kids. Glue, paint, paper scraps, markers, popsicle sticks, even…dare I say it…GLITTER…I love it all. Assembling a craft may seem frivolous and mismatched in today’s elementary classroom, but I beg to differ. I believe that crafts can be meaningful, engaging, and purposeful for our little learners.
First of all, there is value in the process that goes into following directions, manipulating materials, and seeing a project through to the end. Upon completion, there is a sense of pride in the end result. The glow that radiates from a child’s face as he shows you his artwork is priceless. Plus, learning to follow directions is a lifelong skill – and one that you won’t regret reinforcing through a content-related craft.
I also believe crafts are age-appropriate, particularly when it comes to fine-motor skills. Students must manipulate paper, apply pressure to scissors along specific margins, stream a paint-filled brush across a page, or grasp a variety of small sundries while they turn unrelated materials into works of art.
Another important benefit of completing the occasional classroom craft is the mental stimulation and rest it provides to kiddos who spend lots of brain power each day engaging in rigorous instruction. Pablo Picasso even said, Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life. So true, right?! It’s pretty incredible that we can teach a life-long love of creation and provide them with a valuable coping strategy for dealing with life all with a little cutting and pasting.
Though our kids see craft projects as FUN (and that really should be enough of a justification to incorporate them into our lesson plans), the benefits are far-reaching and long-lasting. Curriculum, content, and creativity can all be uncovered with a craft. So, all of this to say: don’t be scared. Do a craft!
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If you want to read more about the mental health benefits of creating art, check out this article.