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Category: 2nd grade

Beginning Fluency: Leveled Passages

When it comes to fluency practice, students need something to read.  But what?  Really, any text that students can read independently works for practice: rereading familiar books Reader’s Theater scripts student newspapers (Scholastic News, Weekly Reader, etc.) joke books short poems But if you’re looking for more targeted practice, leveled

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Beginning Fluency: Segmenting & Blending (SBF)

I remember when they handed me my list of kids who hadn’t passed their DIBELS Nonsense Word Fluency.  It seemed like it must be a cruel joke!  Nonsense words?  Really????? Over time I’ve come to love and hate Nonsense Word Fluency.  I love it because that first year with DIBELS

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Beginning Fluency: Letter Sound Fluency (LSF)

Once students know letter names, they’re poised to master letter sounds.  Yay!  We have a set of homework pages to help your little learners take this next step. Like our Letter Name Fluency (LNF), the first place to start with Letter Sound Fluency (LSF) is assessment.  For this test, the

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Brain Breaks Bundle

Our year of Brain Breaks is finished! Wondering if you should try Brain Breaks with your students? Read why your students really need Brain Breaks! The bundle is by far the best price for all of these Brain Breaks (540!!). Included in the bundle: Halloween Brain Breaks Thanksgiving Brain Breaks

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Why I Read Magic Treehouse to My Students

When I was in 2nd grade, Mrs. Green read aloud to us every day.  It was one of my favorite parts of the day.  I fell in love with books because of that time. My first favorite was a book she read us (this post contains affiliate links): A Little

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Beginning Fluency: Letter Name Fluency (LNF)

When we were looking at extending the levels of fluency practice that we offer, we played around with a few things and finally realized that to make this meaningful we needed to start at the beginning.  So, here is a look at the very beginning. (The framework of our fluency

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Brain Breaks

I do this all the time.  I’ve got that thing I should be focusing on (like writing this blog post!), but I’ve been concentrating so long it feels like my brain has gone to mush.  So what do I do?  I click over to Facebook for a bit or scroll

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St. Patrick’s Day Brain Breaks

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but we are having the mildest winter where we live. It feels like spring already! But if you’re stuck inside with cold weather and snow, maybe these will help ease the pain. It’s so important for kids to get

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Valentine’s Day Brain Breaks (Freebie!)

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate in the classroom. There’s just something so sweet about the students writing little notes to each other. We loved making these Valentine’s Day themed brain breaks, and we hear your students are loving them too! These NO PREP brain breaks

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Brain Breaks for Winter (Freebie!)

Is there anything worse than indoor recess? Sometimes that announcement feels like a prison sentence. We all need a break! The kids need to run around! But with cold temps and snowy weather, it’s bound to happen a lot over the next few months for those of us in winter

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Top 5 Nutcracker Themed Reads

I have loved the story of the Nutcracker ever since I was a little girl and Grammy gave me a copy of the book when she came to visit. So let’s start our list there with the story of the Nutcracker. #1 The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet by Deborah Hautzig

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Top 5 Christmas Folktale Reads

#1 The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie DePaola  WWW I cry every time I read this.  Seriously.  This book has a special spirit and the kids feel it too.  When I read the last few pages, all the wiggles are stilled and everyone is paying attention.  This is a

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