First Grade Smiles: A teaching blog by Melissa Machan. An elementary blog with teaching ideas, resources, freebies, lesson plans, and more.

Bright Ideas for Kinesthetic Learning

I love this idea for Guided Reading! Students read the word and if they get it right, they get to keep the cube. Whoever has the tallest tower at the end wins!

I love this idea for Guided Reading! Students read the word and if they get it right, they get to keep the cube. Whoever has the tallest tower at the end wins!

Fun grammar game introducing contractions! Play a game or two of this Superhero themed Contractions Memory Game!

Fun grammar game introducing contractions! Play a game or two of this Superhero themed Contractions Memory Game!

Fluency activities that will engage your students! Turn fluency into a fun reading game with these phonics based fluency sentences.  Click to find two ways to print and use for reading practice with kindergarten and first grade.  Sentences include CVC words, digraphs, blends, vowel teams, diphthongs, and more!

Phonics Fluency Sentences BUNDLE

Fluency activities that will engage your students! Turn fluency into a fun reading game with these phonics based fluency sentences. Click to find two ways to print and use for reading practice with kindergarten and first grade. Sentences include CVC words, digraphs, blends, vowel teams, diphthongs, and more!

Tons of fun printable phonics games for first grade! These games and activities cover long vowels, digraphs, consonant blends, and more!

Phonics Fun in 1st Grade!

Say hi to our wonderful guest blogger, Alicia Christian, aka The Elementary Professor! Vocabulary practice is something teachers are always trying to increase.  Now with more reading in t…

5 Fun Word Games for Vocabulary Practice

Say hi to our wonderful guest blogger, Alicia Christian, aka The Elementary Professor! Vocabulary practice is something teachers are always trying to increase. Now with more reading in t…

Word Family Spinners - simple, fun activity to help preschool and kindergarten kids sound out word families

Spin a Word Family

Word Family Spinners - simple, fun activity to help preschool and kindergarten kids sound out word families

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