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Teaching with Nicole and Eliceo

These blend sliders are super easy to make and your students will love using them to practice blending sounds together to form words. This activity gets kids to focus on each letter in the word, and works great for practicing Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) words. What I love most about them is that you can use them with any word list that has phonetic words. When I say phonetic words I mean words that are read as they sound. You can use them during phonics lessons, guided reading groups, reading interventions or as an independent activity. They also can be sent home...

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Your students will love making two, three or four digit numbers with these number twisters. They're super easy to make and don't require a lot of materials. What I like most about them is that they can be used in so many ways to practice place value and number sense skills. They're great for math instruction, number building practice, math centers or can be used for independent practice. They can also be sent home with students to use for extra practice with their parents. Understanding Place ValueAfter learning single digits, students will begin to put digits together to form two and three digit...

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Looking for an easy DIY play dough recipe that kids will love? Then you’ll love this recipe! Not only is it cheap and easy to make, but it smells just as good as Mr. Sketch markers! As a hands-on teacher on a budget, I’ve learned a lot of great recipes over the years. Today I’m going to share my favorite multisensory play dough recipe. The reason I like it so much is because it awakens multiple senses when my students use it. The bright rainbow colors are visually appealing, the texture is great for little hands and the scents are...

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Hopscotch is a great way to get kids up and moving while learning to count. It combines kinesthetic movement with visual perception and memory recall. It makes a great simple game for the first weeks of school. With a few twists, it also makes a great review game in the spring or towards the end of the year when kids start getting anxious to get outside. Here are a few ways I like to tweak the game to help kids practice counting, number sense and basic operations.Mix the Numbers: Once my students learn to recognize the numbers 1-10, I like...

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This DIY pasta bead recipe is so easy to make. Not only does it save you money but you can customize the colors and they turn out great! I love making these beads because they are so versatile in the classroom. Using Pasta Beads in the ClassroomNot only are pasta beads they fun for arts and crafts, but they also work well as a math manipulative and for fine-motor skill activities. Here are just a few examples of how you can use them in the classroom. Arts and Crafts: Let's start with the obvious. You can use pasta beads to...

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