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More Halloween Books We Love

Try as we may, we just can’t get enough of seasonal books. Do you have the same seasonal-book-buying affliction? One of the ways I love using seasonal books is in a daily countdown to the holiday. Here’s how we count down to Halloween with a spooky read every day! We

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The First Week of School in 2nd Grade

I sat down to type up what I did the first week of 2nd grade, but a few thousand words later, I’d only covered the first day! So it seemed like we probably needed 2 posts on that topic. If you want to know how I organized the first DAY

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Differentiated Word Study Made Easy

When Heidi and I were both teaching 2nd grade, we had a dream. We had a dream of THE IDEAL WORD STUDY PROGRAM. We both feel like we had some really solid practices in place for teaching phonics and spelling. But we had complaints about our cobbled together word study

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The First Day of School in 2nd Grade

Back-to-school is the worst of times. It’s so stressful and exhausting (seriously it’s so, so tiring!). But it’s also the best of times! The feeling of a new beginning is absolutely exhilarating. I love that fresh start, where everything is possible and I haven’t screwed up…yet! I may be in

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Unlocking the Power of Fluency Webinar

Hi teacher friends! We wanted to alert you of some upcoming free professional development opportunities that we’re hosting in the coming weeks. You’re invited to join us to learn about Unlocking the Power of Fluency for your students. This is a free, live training we will be offering on a

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Dollar Store Word Work Activities

Do you do Daily 5? It was a total game changer for my daily schedule! You can read more about how I manage Daily 5 here. My students have a few tasks to do every day for the Word Work station of Daily 5.  First, they do their word sort. 

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Teacher Summer Book Club 2017

What’s better than relaxing with a great book in the summer? How about THREE great books?! Join us for our Summer Book Club! We’ll doing a little light reading, some thoughtful thinking, and a lot of fun discussion. After some suggestions, we’ve selected three great reads that we can’t wait to dive

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The End of Year Tradition It’s Time to Abandon

“Mom wants answers after child with ADHD receives ‘Least Likely to Pay Attention’ award.” That was in my newsfeed the other day. It’s easy to look at a story like that and think the teacher is incredibly cruel. And though it seems so obvious that this was a terrible, terrible idea,

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Top 5 Twelve Days of Christmas Reads

Around here at Second Story Window, there’s not much we love more than Christmas picture books!   Today we’re sharing some of our favorite versions of the 12 days of Christmas. Our other Christmas books posts have narrowed our recommendations down to our top 5, but there are just too

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