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List as Many as You Can

May 28

List as Many as You Can

The best teacher trick ever? Turn it into a game. Put the word game in front of any activity and your kiddos are suddenly engaged and attentive. It’s freaken’ magic. One of our favorite we-have-a-few-minutes-left-before-we-check-our-schedule games is List as Many as You Can. This activity focuses on vocabulary, speed, cognitive skills, creative thinking,...

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Who, What, Where – Structured Journal Setup

May 27

Who, What, Where – Structured Journal Setup

Those pesky wh- questions. They sneak their way into almost all of my academics. They rear their ugly head in my social skill groups. They even get in the way of functional skills. Dang. Really must mean they are important. One area that we target wh- questions on a daily basis is in my mid-level reading group’s daily journal. This incorporates communication...

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Farm Fun!!!

May 26

Farm Fun!!!

This month I created 3 adapted Farm Books to use for therapy….Farmer, Farmer What Do You Hear?,  Farmer, Farmer Who’s in the Tractor?, and “Farmer, Farmer What Do You See?”.  I also paired the books with some different farm activities to work with the students on various language skills.   One activity was I made a farm identification...

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Staff Training on Crisis Procedures

May 21

Staff Training on Crisis Procedures

If you are in this field, there is no need for me to explain what a crisis is. You’ve been there. Hair pulling, scratching, thrown bookshelves, teacher tears – you get the idea. In my years of dealing with more crisis situations than I’d like to admit – I’ve learned that the key to successfully managing a crisis (is that even possible?)...

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Social Studies File Folders

May 20

Social Studies File Folders

There are some topics that so challenging to adapt to our students’ level. Our brains twist and turn and our faces get all smushed as we wrangle internally. How do we teaching our student about the solar system – when they don’t even know colors yet? It gets frustrating when administrators and school systems except up to individualize and...

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Farmer, Farmer What Do You See?

May 19

Farmer, Farmer What Do You See?

Continuing this month with my Farm Theme I created a 3rd Farm book  for my students…Farmer, Farmer What Do You See?  The other books include Farmer, Farmer What Do You Hear? and Farmer, Farmer Who’s in the Tractor?  The focus for Farmer, Farmer What Do You See? is to learn farm vocabulary terms and the prepositional concept “in”.  All 10...

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Game Review: Simply Fun

May 18

Game Review: Simply Fun

We love a good game in my room. The kids are distracted at the oh-so-exciting notion of a “game” that couldn’t possibly be “work” and this teacher just is excited to sneak some academics in. Simply Fun has some of my favorite games of all time. Their games are innovative, creative, and target loads of skills at once. You know that...

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Interactive Reading Work

May 14

Interactive Reading Work

The Interactive Reading Work Book Series is perfect to easily differentiate reading tasks within a a multi-level classroom! These interactive tasks are perfect for teaching basic reading skills to a variety of types of learners. All of these resources are interactive which will allow your student to be actively engaged while learning! These materials are great for...

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Emerging Writing Skills {Scribe & Copy}

May 13

Emerging Writing Skills {Scribe & Copy}

For students with emerging writing skills, taking that step from writing single sentences to writing a complete paragraph can be a big jump.  A great way to help your students over the hurdle is to utilize a modeling intervention called Scribe & Copy. This will help get your kids in the routine of writing more than one sentence on one topic, using correct...

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Farmer, Farmer – Who’s in the Tractor?

May 12

Farmer, Farmer – Who’s in the Tractor?

Last week I read Farmer, Farmer What Do You Hear? with many of my students and focused on having the students identify different farm animal sounds to the correct animal.  This week I continued with the farm theme and read Farmer, Farmer Who’s in the Tractor?  The focus for this book is learning farm vocabulary terms and sequencing terms. I started the...

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Anchor Chart Organization

May 11

Anchor Chart Organization

When I make photocopies, I think the new teachers in the copy room must be very confused at what grade I teach. With students who are working on skills at the preschool level all the way through a 5th grade level, I feel like I am in a constant of scattered brained mania. At any given moment in my classroom, prepositions and tracing are being simultaneously...

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Xtra Math

May 07

Xtra Math

Put down your coffees people and get ready to be amazed. I cannot believe I haven’t shared this with you yet. I have seriously been hold out on you all. My sincerest apologies. What I want to share today is – Xtra Math. It’s a free (yes… free) website to work on math facts. It gives loads of amazing data, tracks progress, and get this –...

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Farmer, Farmer What Do You Hear?

May 06

Farmer, Farmer What Do You Hear?

Now that it finally feels like Spring with the weather getting warmer I wanted to do something related to outdoors and animals.  I decided to do a Farm Theme for the month of May.  I created some different Farm Theme adapted books to focus on learning farm vocabulary terms along with various language concepts such as answering “wh” questions, sequencing...

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Shopping Time! {TpT Sale today & tomorrow}

May 05

Shopping Time! {TpT Sale today & tomorrow}

              In the fine words of Tom and Donna from Parks and Rec: It’s the end of the year. You’ve worked that little tush off all year. You’ve written IEPs, you’ve chased children manically down the hallways, and you’ve cleaned up puke. You’ve lesson planned, sub planned, curriculum planned,...

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Social Story Adapted Books

May 04

Social Story Adapted Books

I have been over the moon excited about these spankin’ new resources and there are many more on the way. I wanted a way to take social stories to the next level and provide my students with a way to practice and engage with different social and behavioral issues. These social story adapted books are the perfect solution to this and there are many more on the...

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Teacher Appreciation Sale! {May 5 & 6}

May 04

Teacher Appreciation Sale! {May 5 & 6}

This sale has to be one of my favs. Maybe because I am a teacher and I love being appreciated. Heck – we teachers get so little appreciation lately that I will take when I can get it! But maybe I love this sale because a lot of us need that last minute push of resource induced rocket fuel to propel us through to the end of the year. It’s May and the sweet...

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May Resources

May 02

May Resources

May means summer is just around the corner. But we aren’t done yet so I have to make sure my teacher bag o tricks runneth over. I cannot be caught with an unplanned moment this month because that’s behaviors will creep up and you know energy has been spent this year. No time for that, folks. These last few goodies are my saving grace as the year creeps...

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May Freebie Links

May 01

May Freebie Links

May Freebies! My low level learners are low verbal and mostly working on foundational basic skills. My mid level learners are verbal and read at levels B-F and we have a big focus on wh- questions. My high level learners are verbal, read at levels I-O, and we have a big focus on social cognitive skill building. These freebies save my butt. You know at the end of the...

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Group Work Rules {free download}

Apr 30

Group Work Rules {free download}

Working in groups is hard. I mean let’s be real – it’s hard for adults. We all know there are those certain coworkers that you just dread be in a small group with for professional development. You know you have someone in mind right now. Don’t feel bad. So let’s be a little empathetic when our kids struggle with working in groups as...

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Organizing Big Work Tasks

Apr 29

Organizing Big Work Tasks

Organization is almost as important as having work tasks. If you can’t find any of your tasks or activities than making the task was a waste of time anyways. You have got to figure out ways to keep all of these loads of work tasks organized in a way that you can actually find them when you need them. There is nothing worse than not being able to find the task...

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