Inspiring Kindness

This is an awesome tool for inspiring Kindness in your classroom. Cute printables, poems and certificates! inspiring kindness


Long A Vowel Team Ideas

Are you looking for some fun ideas to teach the long a vowel teams? Try writing a variety of long a_e words on post its.  Have your students collect 4 they can read and stick them on a plate( which is also a_e word). Have them read their plates to a friend and then get 4 new words.  Our kids loved this!



cover picturelong vowel fluencyThis bundle  will help your students practice the long a vowel teams of a_e, ai and ay. There are word cards included to use to play your favorite phonics sorting games. You can also use the word cards at a word work center or partner center. Have students read the words and then complete the exit slip included by writing their favorite 6 words with that vowel team pattern.
Also included is a game called Read Your Long A Vowel Words As Fast As You Can! Use this game to engage your students in explicit reading practice focused on the long vowel teams. There are 6 different color coded boards included for each vowel team to encourage increased engagement. There is a also a create your own board and a take home practice board included for each vowel team. Use the included exit slips and reading and writing assessments to monitor progress and collect data.

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Check out our Long A Vowel Team Bundle that is filled with reproducible books. It is a great companion to this file. cover picture

Use this bundle to help your students practice the long a vowel teams of a_e, ai and ay. There are word bank cards included to use in a pocket chart or to play your favorite phonics games. There are also 8 teacher big books in color to be used during shared language as a modeling tool. Then there are 8 matching student books that can be used for independent practice. Also included are 8 matching writing response sheets. In addition there is a roll and read game for each vowel team too. Each game includes 6 color coded game boards.
Great resource for literacy centers.
Awesome tool for read to self and read to a friend too!


Phonics Fun For Everyone

Do you need some tools to help you teach the letters and sounds. Check out our word bank cards, emergent readers, writing responses and assessments too. Here is how you can focus on engaging young learners in real and writing as they learn those letters and sounds.

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Sing this song with your class for every letter.  Point out sight words and punctuation marks. Have a student be the superstar pointer.  Let your students read and sing it over and over again at center time.  All you need is some word bank cards. You make them easily on your own with some cute clip art and cut them out in cards. Check out our A-Z Phonics Word bank Cards.
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Next after your students are so excited to sing the pocket chart song, why not put it in a book form for them to read. Try creating a teacher book for modeling and a student sized book for independent practice. Check out our A-Z Phonics Fun Books and writing response sheets.

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Kindness Is Cooler

Make kindness cooler in your classroom. No doubt…we could use a little more kindness in this world.  Cultivate kindness in your room by singing this simple song.  Your kiddos will love it and kindness will become contagious. Follow-up the song with the amazing book, Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler.  This read aloud will inspire everyone to remember how important a random act of kindness can be!  You can even fill a bulletin board with 100 acts of kindness and celebrate your caring students!

Check out more great read alouds and extension ideas in our Social Emotional Pack on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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The OK Book


This book is awesome for inspiring kindergartners to try new things and develop self-esteem.  Too often young learners are perfectionists.  Children don’t want to try new things if they think they are not going to be good at them.  This book encourages young learners to try lots of different things.  You don’t have to be good at all of them but you can have so much fun trying. Read it to your class.  Stop and have discussions. Have your students complete a writing response answering what they are OK at. Create a bulletin board or classbook from their responses.  Celebrate the diviersity in their responses. Read this magical mentor text over and over again in order to inspire your students to take the risk to try something new!

Kindergarten Writing Ideas

i-love-schoolTeaching young children to write is one of the most difficult tasks for early childhood educators.  Beginning writers lack the confidence to take the risk to write.  They also often lack the foundational skills to help them put their thoughts on paper.  Start with some great literature to help empower your young writers!


Lost for Words  By: Natalie Russell

Tapir wants to express himself, but he can’t find the words! He and his friends all have nice new notebooks, just waiting to be filled. Giraffe decides to write a poem, Hippo writes a story, and Flamingo composes a beautiful song. But poor Tapir can’t think of anything to write – and the harder he tries the more upset he becomes! But everything starts to change when Tapir stops trying to write, and instead he begins to draw… Use this book to empower young writers to begin to express themselves by drawing their thoughts.


A Squiggly Story  By:  Andrew Larsen and Mike Lowery

A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there’s a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn’t know many words. ?Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,? his sister explains patiently. ?Why don’t you start there, with a letter?? So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story. This picture book from award-winning author Andrew Larsen playfully and imaginatively explores a young child’s process of learning to express himself. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire pre-readers to try writing stories of their own. The lively, fun illustrations by Mike Lowery incorporate story panels with dialogue bubbles, adding visual texture. Also helpful, the boy’s story is shown both as he actually writes it — with just a few letters, some punctuation marks and typographical symbols — and as he imagines it. Celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and imagination, this book would enhance an early language arts lesson on writing, particularly on the parts of a story. It beautifully highlights the exciting worlds that are opened up when children begin to read and write.


Rocket Writes A Story  By: Tadd Hills

Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can’t think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he discovers small details that he has never noticed before, a timid baby owl who becomes his friend, and an idea for a story.

Teach your students the power of the pencil with this cute song from Can You Read It Yes We Can. Sing it every time your write!


Use this bundle to get your students writing routinely.  Great read and write the room print ables. Awesome templates for writing a letter to friend all throughout the year.  Easy to use journal writing printables too.


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