5 Senses Sorting Mats

5 Senses Sorting Mats

The 5 senses are one of my favorite subjects to teach because it sparks so many fun discussions. As children learn about sight, sound, taste, smell and touch, they become much more aware of the world around.  These playful 5 senses sorting mats are great to use for...

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Apple Vowel Sort

Apple Vowel Sort

It's hard to think of fall and not have Johnny Appleseed come to mind. This playful, apple-themed short and long vowel sort is a must-try! Scroll below to snag your freebie and then hop over and grab our Vowel Team Centers as well! Getting Ready The prep for this...

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Free Vowel Sound Sort

Free Vowel Sound Sort

Looking for a fun way to practice vowel sounds with kids?! We've got you covered. This free vowel sound sort is a great literacy center, guided reading activity or homeschool project. Just print, prep and play. Then, for more fun vowel work, check out or Vowel Team...

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Free CVC Words Picture Sort

Free CVC Words Picture Sort

Picture sorting is a simple and engaging way for children to learn about short vowel sounds in consonant-vowel-consonant words like cat, bed, top and cut.  When they say the name of pictures out loud, children can stretch the sounds out S-L-O-W-L-Y, isolating the...

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Free Short Vowel and Long Vowel Sort

Free Short Vowel and Long Vowel Sort

Looking for a fun way to practice those tricky vowel sounds with kids? This complement to our popular CVC word sort helps students sort, match and compare short vowel and long vowel words. The hands-on freebie is great to use as literacy centers, guided reading...

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ABC Sort: Curvy or Straight?

ABC Sort: Curvy or Straight?

Playing an ABC game is one of the best ways to introduce the alphabet to your little ones. Our brains learn best when we use several senses at once, so this ABC sort helps pre-readers use a variety of senses to help their brains remember the differences between...

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Digraph Sort and Find Activities

Digraph Sort and Find Activities

Once kids learn stand alone letter sounds, they're ready to tackle digraphs - two letter combinations that make just one sound like the pairs CH, SH and TH. Just like our digraph cards, this simple sort and find digraph activity is a motivating, hands-on way to make...

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Cookie Jar Beginning Digraph Sort

Cookie Jar Beginning Digraph Sort

Mastering letter sounds can be a tricky thing, and learning digraphs can be even more challenging. After all, now kids need to remember not only what letters say on their own, but what certain combinations say when put together! Since we are all about making learning...

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3D Shape Sorting Mats

3D Shape Sorting Mats

Help students identify real world objects shaped like cones, cubes, cylinders, pyramids, rectangular prisms, spheres and triangular prisms with these playful, hands-on 3D shape sorting mats. When you're done sorting all of the shapes, head on over to grab our 3D...

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Seashell Vowel Team Sort

Seashell Vowel Team Sort

This seashell vowel team sort is a motivating way for students to practice their long vowel sounds this summer! Scroll below to grab the freebie and then jump over and snag our Vowel Team Centers in our shop! Getting Ready The prep for this vowel team sort was very...

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Beach Bucket Digraph Sort

Beach Bucket Digraph Sort

It is buckets of fun to review and practice digraph sounds!  This colorful, hands-on digraph sort is a great way to add some fun to your reading practice this summer. Scroll below to grab your freebie and then hop over and snag our Inflectional Ending Centers in our...

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Beginning Blends Picture Sort

Beginning Blends Picture Sort

If you're after a simple way to teach beginning blends like FR-, CL-, DR- and SK-, you'll love these 10 free picture sorts. Simply print, color, cut, sort and paste! Grab your set below and then hop over and grab a copy of our blend clip cards, too.  For more fun...

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Tropical Beginning Blends Sort

Tropical Beginning Blends Sort

Are your readers working on beginning blends? This colorful sort is the perfect way to practice 8 common beginning consonant blends. Scroll below to grab your festive freebie and then make sure to hop over and snag our Inflectional Ending Centers in our shop for more...

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Icy Magic E Sort

Icy Magic E Sort

Are you looking for a fun way to practice magic E words this winter?  This icy magic E sort is a must-play! You can stay warm and cozy inside while you practice six long vowel word families. Snag your set below and then hop over to grab our Vowel Team Centers in...

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Pot of Gold Word Family Sort

Pot of Gold Word Family Sort

With St. Patrick's Day quickly approaching, this fun leprechaun-inspired word family sort is a must-try. Kids will love playing with gold (who can blame them?!) and YOU'LL love that they're practicing important reading skills. To make it easier for you to get EVERY...

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Valentine Sight Word Sort

Valentine Sight Word Sort

This Valentine sight word sort is the perfect addition to your February literacy centers and word work time! Grab your set below and then hop over to snag our popular EDITABLE sight word game, too! Getting Ready To prep this activity, I printed each page on cardstock....

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Penguin Word Family Sort

Penguin Word Family Sort

This playful penguin word family sort is sure to be a hit with kids and you'll love that they’re practicing important reading skills. To make it easier for you to get EVERY student bigger results, the freebie comes in TWO versions so you can quickly adjust the...

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Christmas Vowel Sort

Christmas Vowel Sort

This playful Christmas vowel sort is a playful way to review long and short vowels! Helping students HEAR the difference between long and short vowels will help them SPELL the difference later. Snag your activity and then hop over and grab our awesome Vowel Team...

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Fall Short Vowel Sort

Fall Short Vowel Sort

Are your little readers working on reading short vowel words this fall? This sort is the perfect way to practice reading simple words while identifying the medial short vowel sound with a fun seasonal twist. Scroll below to grab your freebie, then make sure to hop...

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Syllable Cookie Jar Sort

Syllable Cookie Jar Sort

When kids learn how to break words into syllables, they take a big step toward reading.  Your kids are sure to love learning syllables with these cookie jar syllable sorts! Snag your set below and then request an invite to our 4 week course, The Reading Roadmap, so...

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Seasonal Centers

Seasonal Centers

The changing from season to season is a great way to teach students about the passage of time. These activities can provide kids in preschool, kindergarten and first grade helpful ways to explore the whole year. Whether you’re looking for apples, leaves and pumpkin...

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The Better Way to Teach Sight Words

The Better Way to Teach Sight Words

If you're ready for a better way to teach sight words, these decodable lists are for you. Why?  When you take your sight word list and organize it by phonics skill, students learn the words faster… You see, old school lists like Dolch and Fry were sorted by...

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Sight Words Lists by Phonics Skill

Sight Words Lists by Phonics Skill

These decodable sight word lists are a HUGE game changer! Why? When you take your sight word list and organize it by phonics skill students learn the words faster…

Old school lists like Dolch and Fry were sorted by the frequency words appear in text. For instance, THE is written most often so it’s the first words students practice. The philosophy isn’t terrible – if a child is going to read THE more than any other word, it makes sense that learning it first would come in handy.

The problem is that THE is often taught right alongside other words that follow completely different rules: OF, AND, A… And that means kids have to wrap their brain around:

– the short A sound in AND,
– the long A sound in A,
– the F that makes a V sound in OF,
– and (as if that wasn’t enough!) the two letters T & H that make just one sound in THE.

It’s no wonder that so many students struggle with sight word lists!

But there is a *much* easier way! Instead of sorting sight words by frequency, we can sort them by phonics skill. Then students can master one spelling rule at a time!

These print-and-go sheets make it so easy for you to do just that!

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Rhyme Slime Games

Rhyme Slime Games

If you're looking for some fun, new rhyming activities to try with your kids, these quirky rhyme games are sure to do the trick.  And, our best-selling Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack is a must-have if you're looking for similar activities! Getting Ready Before...

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Astrobrights Brag Tags

Astrobrights Brag Tags

Brag tags are a simple tool for recognizing superstar student behavior, motivating reluctant learners and improving classroom management.  Kids will love the kudos and you'll love the easy prep! Grab the printable below and then hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack...

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Popcorn Word Families

Popcorn Word Families

Are you looking for a fun way to make CVC words POP... literally?! These playful popcorn sorts work on 10 different short vowel word families and they're so motivating, kids will actually ASK to repeat them. Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our mega...

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Earth Day Puzzles

As a former kindergarten teacher turned hands-on mom, I get a little bit giddy about creating fun ways for my kids to learn. These free Earth Day puzzles are a simple way to learn some ways to help the environment AND practice ABC and 123 order at the same time. Grab...

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Word Family Centers

Word Family Centers

If your students have learned their beginning sounds, practiced their end sounds, chances are they are ready to dive into those tricky vowels sounds. Giving kids a strong foundation for this important skill is a must which is why I LOVE our new word family centers...

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Short E Centers

Short E Centers

Teaching kids to read takes a lot of repetition to make sure that kids are grasping important skills like recognizing common vowels sounds and turning them into CVC words. I love to choose just one vowel (either A, E, I , O U) to focus on, giving students a solid...

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Short O Centers

Short O Centers

For most students, working on short vowel sounds like A, E, I, U takes lots of practice. So let's make all of their hard work super motivating and fun with a laser focus on just one vowel- O. This engaging pack has 12 fun activities for kids to choose from! And...

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Short A Centers

Short A Centers

Teaching kids to read and recognize common vowel sounds is an important step in their reading journey. Often focusing on just one vowel at a time is a major help for helping students really master the concept. And what better place to start then with short A centers?...

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Short I Centers

Short I Centers

Teaching new readers to read confidently is like putting together a puzzle. There are so many pieces that fit together. Having a strong foundation of the basics is SO important. And learning vowels gives students a big boost toward reading independently. Which is why...

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Beginning Digraph Activities

Beginning Digraph Activities

Just when kids have finally mastered letter sounds, along come tricky digraphs like CH-, TH- and SH- to trip them up again.  Thankfully, these ten digraph activities make it fun to master all of the most common digraphs in words: CH, CK, KN, NG, PH, QU, SH, TH, and...

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Apple Sight Word Match

Apple Sight Word Match

Most students need plenty of practice learning sight words before they stick, but thankfully we can make all of that hard work fun for kids this fall with a playful apple sight word match! It's a motivating, hands-on sight word game for kindergarten and first grade...

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Free Ice Cream Blend Puzzles

Free Ice Cream Blend Puzzles

If you're looking for a motivating, visual way to teach kids how to read and write blends like BL-, FR- and SM-, you'll love these free ice cream puzzles. They're great to use as literacy centers, guided reading activities or homeschool practice. You'll love the...

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Transportation Word Puzzles

Transportation Word Puzzles

Kids love things that move! Some of the first terms that children learn are the different vehicles that they see on the streets and in the air. It's no wonder, really. Wheels turning, loud noises and the magic of things soaring through the air easily capture the...

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Pumpkin CVC Puzzles

Pumpkin CVC Puzzles

With fall in the air, it will soon be a great time to visit a pumpkin patch and enjoy some super fun pumpkin learning activities. These pumpkin CVC puzzles are the perfect hands-on game for beginning readers and will make a fun addition to literacy...

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Crayon Ten Frames

Crayon Ten Frames

toMaking 10 is an important concept for early learners because it builds a foundation they'll use for place value later.  This crayon themed ten frames activity is a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn and practice all the ways to make 10 while using a ten frame....

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Blend Puzzles

Blend Puzzles

Activities that can easily be implemented anytime of the year are the best! These blend puzzles are the perfect addition to your literacy centers, no matter what season it is. Grab your free blend puzzles below and then hop over and snag our kid-approved Blend...

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Free Pumpkin Puzzles Numbers 1-40

Free Pumpkin Puzzles Numbers 1-40

These free pumpkin number puzzles are perfect for fall! They're a fun way to practice counting, number recognition, matching and fine motor skills. Grab your free printable pumpkin puzzles below. Ready for more math fun!? Head over to our shop and grab our Number...

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Back to School Rhyming Puzzles

Back to School Rhyming Puzzles

Rhyming is an important skill for new readers to master and these playful back to school rhyming puzzles make it so fun to practice. Grab the printable below and then hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all of the tools, strategies and support...

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American Themed Bracelets

American Themed Bracelets

My recently turned four year-old loves to get glammed up by making her own jewelry.  With the 4th of July approaching, we thought making some patriotic patterned bracelets, which is such a great fine motor activity, would be appropriate for the upcoming...

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School and Bus Alphabet Match

School and Bus Alphabet Match

Alphabet recognition is an important skill for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.  This School and Bus Alphabet Match is a fun way to work with uppercase and lowercase letters when heading back to school this fall. Grab your copy below and then hop over and...

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Ice Cream Writing Craftivity

Ice Cream Writing Craftivity

This sweet ice cream writing craftivity is a perfect way to work on writing skills this summer! Scroll down to grab your freebie then hop over and grab our Writing Center Starter Kit for more writing fun! Getting Ready I printed the writing craftivity prep sheets out...

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Sight Word Game: Showdown!!

Sight Word Game: Showdown!!

This fun and surprisingly simple sight word game was one of my kindergarteners' hands-down favorite ways to practice reading common words. I hope Showdown becomes a well loved sight word game for your kids, too.  For more sight word fun, check out our best-selling...

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Learn Letter Sounds with ACTION!!

Learn Letter Sounds with ACTION!!

Guest post by Kindergarten and Preschool for Parents and Teachers. Young children learn with hands-on exploration using their five senses and movement. Of course you want them to learn to read, but do their eyes glaze over when you try to interest them in flashcards? ...

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Ice Cream Playdough Recipe

Ice Cream Playdough Recipe

This simple, two-ingredient ice cream playdough recipe looks and smells good enough to eat. Well, guess what?  You can! My kiddos have never been more excited to get their hands on the dough as they were this homemade playdough recipe and I can see why.  For more...

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Pirate Themed Playdough Kit

Pirate Themed Playdough Kit

Playdough kits: I'm addicted to making them and the kids are addicted to playing with them.  For an upcoming family trip to the beach, I decided to surprise the kiddos with an ocean-themed playdough and a bounty of pirate-themed items to play with during the visit....

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Leaf Chromatography Activity

Leaf Chromatography Activity

Have you ever wondered how green leaves can turn brilliant orange, yellow and red?! With this simple chromatography activity, you can see just what gives leaves their amazing fall colors. It's a perfect kids' science experiment for fall. Follow the simple step-by-step...

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Beach-Themed Learning Activities

Beach-Themed Learning Activities

Summer is almost here which means that it's the perfect time to add some beach-themed literacy and math activities to your centers! If you're looking for some more serious fun this summer, grab our Editable Sight Word Games in our shop! And the best part about these...

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Fine Motor Water Activity for Toddlers

Fine Motor Water Activity for Toddlers

With the summer heat coming on in full force, it's time to cool off with a fun fine motor water activity designed specifically for toddlers! It's a simple, easy prep, engaging fine motor project toddlers will love.  And speaking of more things kids will love, check...

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Beach Time Subtraction Puzzles

Beach Time Subtraction Puzzles

These ocean subtraction puzzles are the next best thing to spending the day at the beach! Students will love the challenge of matching up the problems and solutions and you'll love the quick and easy prep. For more math fun, check out our Place Value Cover Up in our...

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Pool and Beach Ball Alphabet Match

Pool and Beach Ball Alphabet Match

Looking for a motivating alphabet activity as we head into summer?! This Pool and Beach Ball Alphabet Match is a super fun way to work with uppercase and lowercase letters during the summer so pre-k and kindergarten students are ready to hit the ground running in the...

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Blend Clip Cards

Blend Clip Cards

If you're teaching kids how to read blends including FL-, BR- and SM-, these free blend clip cards are a must. Use them as a literacy center, word work station, word work activity or homeschool game. The sky's the limit!  When you're done, hop on over and...

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All About Me Free Printable

All About Me Free Printable

Looking for a no-prep all about me printable to start the new school year? You've come to the right spot. Just print this free all about me newspaper and help students learn more about their new classmates.  Then, hop over to our shop to set up your writing center...

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Rhyme Clip Cards

Rhyme Clip Cards

If you're teaching kids how to rhyme, these free rhyme clip cards are a helpful addition to any literacy center or word work station. They're easy to prep and fun to play!  These fun cards are the perfect compliment to our Emergent Readers Bundle! Getting Ready To...

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Inflectional Ending Centers

Inflectional Ending Centers

Grab 12 inflectional ending centers in one easy download! The playful activity pack makes it fun to practice adding -ED, -ES, -ING and -S to words and includes tons of motivating options that are perfect for one-on-one instruction, small groups, literacy centers OR whole class lessons…

There’s even an irregular verb activity so you can introduce “rule breakers” too!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 4 Foldable Mini-Books (one each for -ED, -ES, -ING and -S)

–> 4 Verb Cover Ups (present tense -ING, present tense -S and -ES, past tense -ED and past tense irregular verbs)

–> Hide and Seek

–> Past Tense Puzzles

–> Word Family Puzzles

–> Smarty Pants

–> Roll, Read & Write

–> Rill and Write

–> Pig Pen

–> Outer Space Sort

–> Spin a Word Ending

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11 Plant Life Cycle Activities

11 Plant Life Cycle Activities

Looking for fun ways to teach kids about the plant life cycle?! These 11 science activities and experiments are perfect for preschool, kindergarten and first grade.  Make a sprout house, try your hand at leaf chromatography, turn a flower not one but TWO...

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Spring Centers

Spring Centers

If your math and literacy centers need a little love this spring, this is for you! These print-and-play spring centers include 18 math and literacy centers practicing word families, sight words, telling time, skip counting, addition, subtraction and so...

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Middle Vowel Activity Sheets

Middle Vowel Activity Sheets

If your kids are learning about middle sounds in words, then you'll love these simple, kid-friendly middle vowel activity sheets! They are great for review or a print-and-go activity on a rainy day. Snag your set and then hop over and request your invite to our VIP...

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Flower Power Diphthong Activity

Flower Power Diphthong Activity

Are you working on ou/ow diphthongs in phonics? This flower power sort is a fun diphthong activity that practices reading and focuses on those tricky spelling patterns. It's perfect for use as a small group center or as a whole group read and write the room. Make sure...

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Greater Than, Less Than Game

Greater Than, Less Than Game

This greater than, less than game is perfect for bug fans! Kids will love comparing creepy-crawly sets of two-digit insects in this fun, free greater than, less than game. For more math fun, check out our Place Value Cover Up activity in our shop! This post contains...

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Zoo Animal Race to the Top Counting Game

Zoo Animal Race to the Top Counting Game

I've never met a child who wasn't interested in animals! Whether you're looking for a fun follow up to a zoo field trip or you need a motivating way to reinforce counting and graphing, kids will love this playful zoo animal race to the top counting game! Snag your set...

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Weather Count and Clip Cards

Weather Count and Clip Cards

These weather count and clip cards are the perfect addition to your math centers or small group tables this spring. Simply count the pictures and clip the corresponding number. You're all set! Snag your set below and then hop over and grab our best selling Number...

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St. Patrick’s Day Rhyming Cards

St. Patrick’s Day Rhyming Cards

Rhyming is an important skill to practice in preschool and kindergarten. Bring a festive twist to literacy centers this March with these playful St. Patrick's Day Rhyming Cards. They're the perfect complement to our Rhyming Activity Pack!  When you're done, practice...

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20 Flower Activities

20 Flower Activities

I don't know about you, but after a long and gray winter, I'm always excited to see flowers start to grow. You too? From working on phonics and letter sounds to science experiments and ten frames, these flower activities are perfect for kindergarten and first grade....

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Acorn Alphabet Match

Acorn Alphabet Match

Learning to identify letters of the alphabet takes a lot of time and practice. Since we always want that learning to be a fun experience for kids, we LOVE adding new games into the mix!  This acorn alphabet match was the perfect game! Grab the printable below and then...

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Fall Leaf Alphabet Match

Fall Leaf Alphabet Match

As the air turns cooler and the leaves change colors, it can be fun to bring a little bit of autumn into the classroom. Kids will LOVE this playful fall alphabet match! Click the blue “download” below and then hop over to grab our awesome Ultimate Preschool Activity...

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Must-Try Weather Activities for Kids

Must-Try Weather Activities for Kids

These must-try weather activities for kids are fun, hands-on ways to teach about temperatures, clouds, rain... even tornadoes!! Whether you're in need of a quick kids' science project or are looking for something more crafty, we've got you covered. These ideas are the...

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Dinosaur Number Puzzles

Dinosaur Number Puzzles

Dinosaur fans will fall instantly smitten with our newest free printable number puzzles! As they slide together one roaring dinosaur at a time, they'll be practicing counting from 1 to 120, reading numbers, adding on and more. Grab your copy below and then hop over...

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Shape Puzzles

Shape Puzzles

These twelve colorful shape puzzles are a fun way to practice the names of shapes while kids begin spelling out words. Sliding together one puzzle piece at a time, young mathematicians magically make each shape appear. The shape game is guaranteed fun! For more shapes...

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Life Skills Checklist

Life Skills Checklist

If you're like me, you want your kids to become responsible, capable and thoughtful grown ups. But it can be hard to know what life skills children are ready to tackle along the way. This free life skills checklist shares age-appropriate chores and responsibilities...

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Telling Time Activity Pack

Telling Time Activity Pack

Teaching kids how to tell time takes plenty of step-by-step practice. There's so much to learn: the difference between the minute and hour hand, what hand to read first, how to count by fives to read the number of minutes - the lessons go on and on.  That's why I was...

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Easter Egg Consonant Blends

Easter Egg Consonant Blends

Blends are always a little tricky for my little learners, so anytime I can make practicing them engaging and fun, I'm all over it!  These Easter Egg Consonant Blend Puzzles are the perfect way to bring some playful learning to your spring centers. Grab the fun freebie...

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Math My Name Activity

Math My Name Activity

I love using a skill that kids have already mastered to help teach them a completely new skill. These math activity sheets do exactly that! In Math My Name, your child can practice handwriting, number recognition, addition and subtraction, ten frames, tally marks and...

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St. Patrick’s Day Beginning Sound Match

St. Patrick’s Day Beginning Sound Match

Being able to identify beginning sounds in words is an important skill, especially for learning to read and write. This St. Patrick's Day beginning sound match is a great game for early readers! Kids will love connecting initial sounds to their written letters in...

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Valentine’s Pattern Block Mats

Valentine’s Pattern Block Mats

Pattern blocks mats are a great way to teach kids about shapes, counting, sorting, reasoning, symmetry... even fractions! These simple Valentine's pattern block mats are an awesome math challenge for kids. Just print them out and start building. Grab the freebie below...

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Candy Heart Sight Words Activity

Candy Heart Sight Words Activity

When I saw classic Valentine's Day candy hearts with letters instead of words, I knew I could use them for multi-age learning with a sweet sight word activity.  My 2.5 year-old is obsessed with his name and my 5 year-old, A,  loves working on sight words.  These candy...

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30 Awesome Heart Activities for Kids

30 Awesome Heart Activities for Kids

'Tis the season for all things warm and fuzzy! To get into the Valentine's Day spirit, I was excited to round up 30 of my favorite heart activities for kids. The mega list includes fun math games, science experiments, crafts projects and recipes children will love....

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Monster Counting Cards

Monster Counting Cards

These monster counting cards are sure to kick up the cool math factor. Little monsters will love practicing number recognition and counting as they add eyes to each monster card. The freebie's an uber fun way to practice the numbers 1 to 20. For more number fun, check...

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15 Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers

15 Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers

Do you love Easter but loathe the post-egg hunt sugar crash too?! Every year at about this time, I start brainstorming non-candy Easter basket stuffers. I'm all for festive-colored sweet treats (Cadbury Cream eggs are my absolute fave!) but I also like the fun to...

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Conversation Heart Patterns

Conversation Heart Patterns

Making patterns is an important math concept for kids to know - and what better way to learn them than through conversation heart patterns!? When I told my 5 year-old, A, that she would be making patterns using classic Valentine's conversation hearts, she couldn't...

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First Grade Centers

First Grade Centers

If you’re looking for first grade centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite first grade...

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Kindergarten Centers

Kindergarten Centers

If you’re looking for kindergarten centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite kindergarten...

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Pre-Kindergarten Centers

Pre-Kindergarten Centers

If you’re looking for pre-kindergarten centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite...

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St. Patrick’s Day Puzzles

St. Patrick’s Day Puzzles

Whether you need a low-prep preschool math game or screen-free busy bag, these free St. Patrick's Day puzzles are a fun, hands-on way to practice ABC and 123 order. When you're done, snag our Number Formation Pack in our shop! Getting Ready I printed a copy of the St....

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25 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

25 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

Looking for some fun St. Patrick's Day activities with a math, science and literacy focus? You've come to the right spot. We've pulled together 25 of our favorite St. Patrick's Day activities for kids in one spot. We hope your little leprechauns love them too! For...

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Snowball Digraph Puzzles

Snowball Digraph Puzzles

Our snowball digraph puzzles are a fun, hands-on winter literacy center or word work activity. Just match the digraph to a word that starts with it. No snowsuit required! Snag your activity and then hop over and snag our Vowel Team Centers for more practice with...

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February Centers

February Centers

Take your February math and literacy centers to the next level with these 23 print-and-play stations.  Practice sight words, CVC words, 2D and 3D shapes, math facts, units of time and so much more.  They are perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS:

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Board Game

–> EDITABLE Flip & Write Sight Word Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Hide & Seek Pocket Chart Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word I Have, Who Has Game

–> EDITABLE Write the Room Sight Word Game

–> Rhyming Puzzles

–> CVC Puzzles

–> 10 CVC Roll It, Read It, Write It Sheets

–> 2 Digraph Roll It, Read It, Write It Sheets

–> 2 Blends Roll It, Read It, Write It Sheets

–> Compound Word Puzzles

–> 3 Story Starters + Word Cards

MATH CENTERS:

–> Mystery Number Challenges

–> Place Value Build & Compare Game

–> Place Value War

–> Subtraction from 10 Game

–> 2 Sets of Subtraction Mats (Subtraction from 6 & Subtraction from 12)

–> Math Fact Board Game

–> 2 Versions of Roll & Cover Pattern Block Mats (Numbers 1-6 and Adding 2-12)

–> I Have, Who Has 2D Shapes

–> I Have, Who Has 3D Shapes

–> Units of Time Clip Cards

–> Daytime or Nighttime Sort

 

THAT’S 23 MATH AND LITERACY FEBRUARY CENTERS IN ALL!

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Ending Digraph Centers

Ending Digraph Centers

These 11 motivating digraph centers and posters focus on ENDING digraphs – an important next step for students after they have learned to recognize and spell BEGINNING digraphs.

The centers make it fun to practice -CH, -CK, -NG, -SH, and -TH.

Play I Spy, solve puzzles, race around game boards, sort digraph gumballs, and so much more.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 5 posters (one for each ending digraph)
–> Hide & seek pocket chart game
–> Snowball tic-tac-toe
–> Roll & write game
–> Roll it, read it, write it game
–> Gumball sort
–> Digraph puzzles
–> Digraph concentration game
–> Di-Graph practice sheets
–> Phonics 4 in a row game

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Candy Cane Patterns

Candy Cane Patterns

My 5 year old loves anything related to Christmas so these low-prep candy cane patterns had her giggling all the way to the tree.  Not only was she practicing early math skills like color sorting and patterns, but she was also strengthening her fine motor skills!...

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Christmas Place Value Puzzles

Christmas Place Value Puzzles

These Christmas Place Value Puzzles will be the perfect addition to your December math centers. Snag your copy below and then hop over to grab our super fun Place Value Cover Up activity! Getting Ready To prep, I printed the Christmas Place Value Puzzles (below) on...

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Gingerbread Cookie Digraphs

Gingerbread Cookie Digraphs

These delicious-looking gingerbread cookies will make identifying and sorting digraphs fun for little learners! They are a perfect addition to holiday centers or morning tubs. When you're done, hop on over and grab our awesome Vowel Team Centers for more word work!...

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30 Must-Have Kids’ Craft Supplies

30 Must-Have Kids’ Craft Supplies

Need a ready-for-anything kids' craft supplies box? Throw these 30 must-have supplies in a large plastic tub and you'll have everything you need in one spot. And, for a little project inspiration, check out some of my favorite kids' craft finds from across the...

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R-Controlled Vowel Centers

R-Controlled Vowel Centers

These 10 playful R-controlled vowel centers make it fun to practice 5 different spelling patterns in words: AR, ER, IR, OR and UR.

Play a round of Ropin’ Rodeo, match up R-controlled vowel puzzles, sort popcorn word families…. kids will love playing all 10 centers!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Smarty Pants flip and write game

–> Ropin’ Rodeo game board

–> Treasure Hide and Seek pocket chart game

–> Space I Spy write around the room

–> Superhero Sprint dice game

–> Puzzle Pairs match up

–> Popcorn Words read and sort activity

–> Word Family Puzzles

–> Clip Cards

–> And What’s Right read and color sheets

 

That’s 10 engaging R-controlled vowel centers in all!

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21 Brilliant Classroom Organization Hacks

21 Brilliant Classroom Organization Hacks

These 21 brilliant classroom organization hacks will keep you well prepared all year long. Sort supplies, keep track of student work, find a label for almost everything under the sun! Get inspired and then hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all...

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Fall Centers

Fall Centers

Get ready for some seriously fun learning! These 14 fall centers are perfect for kindergarten or first grade and include print-and-play math AND literacy stations. Grab the printable below and then hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all of the...

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Pumpkin Spice Salt Tray

Pumpkin Spice Salt Tray

Salt tray writing is a super simple, multi-sensory way to encourage kids to practice letter formation and sight words. And with a little orange food color and a dash of pumpkin pie spice, you can quickly turn an ordinary salt tray into a PUMPKIN SPICE one. It's such a...

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21 Super Fun Pumpkin Activities for Kids

21 Super Fun Pumpkin Activities for Kids

Tis' the season for all things orange! There are SO MANY super fun pumpkin activities and we're excited to pass along our favorites from across the web. This fall-themed roundup includes pumpkin-themed math, literacy and science projects your kids will LOVE. If you're...

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45 Motivating Magic E Centers

45 Motivating Magic E Centers

Ready to tackle those tricky CVCe words?! These magic E centers are so much fun that kids will actually ASK to repeat them. And to make it easy for you to differentiate, the bundle includes centers focusing on just one long vowel at a time (long A words, for instance)...

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May Centers

May Centers

These 18 math and literacy centers will save you planning time and keep you inspired all month long! The mega pack includes motivating ways to practice sight words, phonics, writing, shapes, telling time… even graphing!

It’s perfect for kindergarten and first grade. Just hit print!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

–> 2 versions of Pineapple Match Up: CVC words and vowel team words

–> 2 versions of Surf Sort: CVC words and CVCe words

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Board Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word I Have, Who Has

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Pocket Chart Game

–> EDITABLE Write the Room

–> EDITABLE Color by Sight Word Sheets

–> 3 Story Starters + Word Cards

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including place value, telling time, 2D and 3D Shapes, graphing, tallying and number bonds.

–> 2 versions of the Spin & Graph Game: 2D and 3D shapes

–> 4 versions of Summer Time Game: time to the nearest hour, half hour, quarter hour and 5-minute interval

–> 3 versions of Odd and Even Sort: 1-20, 1-50 and 1-120

–> 2 versions of Addition Puzzles: adding to 12 and adding to 20

–> 2 version of Subtraction Write and Wipe Cards: Subtracting from 10 and 20

 

THAT’S 18 MAY MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

 

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Diphthong Centers

Diphthong Centers

Get ready for some serious fun! These 18 engaging print-and-play centers motivate kids to practice reading and writing the 8 most common diphthongs: -AU, -AW, -EW, -OI, -OO, -OU, -OW, -OY If you're looking for more just like this, become a VIP Plato Pack...

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Diphthong Centers

Diphthong Centers

Get ready for some serious fun! These 20 engaging print-and-play centers motivate kids to practice reading and writing the 8 most common diphthongs:

-AU, -AW, -EW, -OI, -OO, -OU, -OW, -OY

 
 
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND
 
–> 8 playful game boards
 
–> 4 hands-on word sorts
 
–> 2 flip and write games
 
–> 36 clip cards
 
–> 54 puzzles
 
–> 3 print-and-play dice games
 
That’s 20 print-and-play diphthong centers in all!
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Short I Centers

Short I Centers

Help students learn to read and write short I words with these 14 motivating centers!

The mega pack of short I centers includes 14 print-and-play activities focusing on the 8 most common word families:

-IB, -ID, -IG, -IM, -IN, -ING -IP, -IT

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND

–> 6 flip and color games

–> 8 engaging board games

–> 8 no prep roll and write sheets

–> 8 hands-on playdough mats

–> Hide and seek pocket chart game

–> Ice cream sort

That’s 14 addictively fun short I literacy centers in all!

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Short E Centers

Short E Centers

Get ready for some serious fun! These 12 playful print-and-play centers motivate kids to practice reading and writing the 6 most common short E word families:

-EB, -ED, -EG, -EM, -EN, -ET

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND…

–> 4 motivating game boards

–> 4 sound it out playdough mats

–> 4 I spy games

–> 4 roll and graph centers

–> 24 clip cards

–> 2 no prep cut and sort sheets

 

That’s 12 short E print-and-play centers in all!

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Phonics Games That Make Learning to Read Fun

Phonics Games That Make Learning to Read Fun

Teaching kids to read is one of the most important tasks a kindergarten and first grade teacher has. Some students learn quickly, while others need a bit more help.  Enter: phonics games! For those reluctant kids, nothing makes phonics more fun than games. These...

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January Centers

January Centers

January math and literacy centers just got a whole lot easier to plan! Just hit print.

These 20 print-and-play stations practice sight words, shapes, math facts, telling time and so much more.

They are perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

Check out the full list of what’s included below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

–> Rhyming Sort

–> Beginning Sound Cards

–> Ending Sound Cards

–> CVC Word Sort

–> Word Family Clip Strips

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Board Game

–> EDITABLE Flip & Write Sight Word Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Graph

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Spin & Write Game

–> EDITABLE Spin & Cover Sight Word Game

–> 3 Story Starters + Word Cards

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, telling time, addition and subtraction.

–> 2 Sets of Mystery Number Challenges (Counting by 1s AND Skip Counting by 2, 5 and 10)

–> 2 Sets of Math Fact Puzzles (Adding within 12, EDITABLE Puzzles)

–> EDITABLE Spin a Math Fact Sheet

–> EDITABLE Color by Math Fact

–> Number Bond Write & Wipe Cards

–> 3 Sets of Telling Time Puzzles (Telling time to the nearest hour, half hour and quarter hour)

–> 2D Shape Match Up Game

–> 2 Versions of Spin & Cover Game (2D and 3D Shapes)

–> 2 Versions of Roll & Cover Sheets (Numbers 1-6 and Adding 2-12)

 

THAT’S 20 JANUARY MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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December Centers

December Centers

Planning your December math and literacy centers? Just hit print!

These 20 print-and-play stations practice sight words, shapes, math facts, telling time and so much more.

They are perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

–> Rhyming Sort

–> Beginning Sound Cards

–> Ending Sound Cards

–> CVC Word Sort

–> Word Family Clip Strips

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Board Game

–> EDITABLE Flip & Write Sight Word Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Graph

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Spin & Write Game

–> EDITABLE Spin & Cover Sight Word Game

–> 3 Story Starters + Word Cards

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, telling time, addition and subtraction.

–> 2 Sets of Mystery Number Challenges (Counting by 1s AND Skip Counting by 2, 5 and 10)

–> 2 Sets of Math Fact Puzzles (Adding within 12, EDITABLE Puzzles)

–> EDITABLE Spin a Math Fact Sheet

–> EDITABLE Color by Math Fact

–> Number Bond Write & Wipe Cards

–> 3 Sets of Telling Time Puzzles (Telling time to the nearest hour, half hour and quarter hour)

–> 2D Shape Match Up Game

–> 2 Versions of Spin & Cover Game (2D and 3D Shapes)

–> 2 Versions of Roll & Cover Sheets (Numbers 1-6 and Adding 2-12)

 

THAT’S 20 DECEMBER MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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Bat Animal Study

Bat Animal Study

Learning about bats?  This bat animal study is a must!

The easy-to-follow directions and printable record sheets make the activities and posters perfect to use as science centers or whole class lessons in kindergarten or 1st grade.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND

–> Bat Facts Teacher Guide

–> 5 Colorful Posters (bat body parts, bat skeleton, things bats eat, where megabats live, where microbats live)

–> K-W-L Bat Chart

–> Bats Eat-Have-Need-Can Sheet

–> All About Fact Sheet

–> Bat Flap Book

–> Nocturnal or Diurnal Animal Sort

–> Nocturnal or Diurnal Animal Record Sheet

–> Types of Bats Memory Game

–> Whole Class Bat Graph

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September Centers

September Centers

Get ready for some serious inspiration! This mega pack of September math and literacy centers practices letter sounds, word families, sight words, shapes, graphing and so much more.

All 15 centers are perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

Check out the product description below to see what’s included.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

–> Rhyming Puzzles

–> Rhyming Sort

–> Uppercase ABC Game

–> Uppercase-Lowercase ABC Game

–> Beginning Sound Puzzles

–> CVC Word Family Puzzles

–> CVC Word Family Sort

–> EDITABLE I Spy Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Game Board

–> EDITABLE Hide & Seek Sight Word Pocket Chart Game

–> EDITABLE Flip & Write Sight Word Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Graph

–> 3 Story Starters + Word Cards for Your Writing Center

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, graphing, addition and subtraction.

–> Ten Frame Clip Cards

–> 1-120 Base Ten Block Clip Cards

–> Tractor Hide & Seek Number Game

–> One More – One Less Game

–> Addition to 10 Write and Wipe Cards

–> Roll & Subtract Subtraction Game

–> Shape Graph Game

–> EDITABLE Word Graph

 

THAT’S 15 SEPTEMBER MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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Classroom Library Labels and Stickers

Classroom Library Labels and Stickers

I'm in love! This brand new pack of classroom library labels and stickers makes it so easy for students to return books to their just right spot without any help from you.  A day of sorting and labeling will save you time and sanity for YEARS to come. It's the...

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Ladybug Blog Hop

Ladybug Blog Hop

Looking for fun ladybug activities? The blogs listed below give you everything you could need! After you're done exploring, then hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all of the tools, strategies and support you need to reach ALL of your learners....

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Spring Centers

Spring Centers

If your math and literacy centers need a little love this spring, this pack is for you!

The print and play pack includes 18 math and literacy centers practicing word families, sight words, telling time, skip counting, addition, subtraction and so much more.

The spring centers are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

The mega pack makes it so easy to differentiate. Stretch activities for your strong readers and break down the activities for your struggling kiddos.

–> CVC Word Family Sort. Pick a card from the pile and sort it into the right CVC word family.

–> Vowel Team Sort. If students are ready for a challenge, sort magic E CVCe words instead.

–> CVC Word Puzzles. Match each picture with the matching CVC word! Then write your pairs on your record sheet for extra reinforcement.

–> Magic E Word Puzzles. For children who need more of a push, pull out the magic E version of the game.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Game. Race to the finish line as you read and write sight words along the way!

–> EDITABLE Roll and Write. Roll a die and write the matching word. Because the game is editable, you can practice any words under the sun!

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Puzzles. Match each sight word with its twin! When you’ve finished, write your pairs on your record sheet to practice spelling.

–> 3 Story Starters. Get kids writing with creative story prompts and spring word cards.

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, telling time, addition and subtraction.

–> Mystery Numbers. Easily differentiate by having kids focus on the numbers 1-20, 1-50 or 1-120.

–> Skip Counting. For students who are ready to be stretched, practice skip counting by 2, 5 or 10 instead.

–> Shape Graph. Work on 2D or 3D shapes AND build graphing skills at the same time. Just spin a shape and add it to the graph!

–> Subtraction Mats. Spin two numbers, write the subtraction problem and solve it!

–> Telling Time Puzzles. Read the analog clock and then find the digital time that matches! There are three versions included so that you can easily differentiate for a variety of learners: telling time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour.

–> Making 10. How many more flower seeds do you need to make 10? Use the task cards to find your answer and then keep track of your results on your record sheet.

–> Subtracting from 10. Roll a die and subtract that many flower seeds from your ten frame. How many are left?

–> Add and Color. Solve each addition problem, color the box according to the key, and make the mystery picture magically appear.

 

THERE ARE 18 SPRING MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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EDITABLE Math Center Labels

EDITABLE Math Center Labels

Whether you use Daily Three, math groups or something else entirely, these editable math center labels make it so easy to customize a station rotation that’s a perfect fit for your classroom.

First up?! Get to work customizing your center cards.

The set includes 48 EDITABLE center cards! (You can check out the complete list in the product description below.)

PLUS, you’ll receive 20 editable color group labels (12 shape groups + 8 color groups).

Or, if you prefer, type your own names onto the set of customizable group labels.

Because the set is completely customizable, the options are limitless!

AND, as a fun bonus, you’ll also get customizable student labels so you can personalize a pocket chart of their math groups too.

The editable math center labels will take your rotations to a whole new level of organization.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Addition

–> Base ten blocks

–> Board Games

–> Calendar

–> Card Games

–> Comparing

–> Computers

–> Counting

–> Counting bears

–> Dice

–> Dominoes

–> Estimation

–> Fact Families

–> Fractions

–> Geometry

–> Graphing

–> iPad

–> LEGOS

–> Magnetic Numbers

–> Math Facts

–> Math journal

–> Math links

–> Measurement

–> Meet with the teacher (6 versions)

–> Money

–> Number line

–> Pattern blocks

–> Playdough

–> Popsicle Sticks

–> Puzzles

–> Reading math books

–> Shapes

–> Smart Board

–> Sorting

–> Spinner Games

–> Subtraction

–> Surprise

–> Tallying

–> Temperature

–> Ten frames

–> Time

–> Unifix cubes

–> Weight

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Earth Day STEM

Earth Day STEM

Make this students’ favorite Earth Day yet with these four motivating STEM challenges!

–> Students will learn about the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) by making a crafty flip book, 

–> ​​They’ll discover the importance of recycling and composting by completing a hands-on sort, 

–> Kids will ​​build critical math skills by solving a batch of geoboard challenges,

–> And they’ll use a simple plastic bag to work on problem solving and ​​team work.

There’s so much learning ahead!

The STEM challenges are perfect for STEM centers, early finisher activities, science and math centers or just because.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Reduce, reuse, recycle flip book

–> Compost, recycle and trash sort

–> 10 EASY geoboard task cards + record sheet

–> 10 HARD geoboard task cards + record sheet

–> Plastic bag challenge + record sheet

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Penguin Activities

Penguin Activities

Looking for penguin centers your students will beg to repeat over and over again?!

This print and play pack includes 17 math and literacy centers practicing word families, sight words, number concept, addition, subtraction and so much more.

The penguin activities are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

The mega pack makes it so easy to differentiate. Stretch activities for your strong readers and break down the activities for your struggling kiddos.

–> Fact Sheets. Learn about penguins and then complete either a KWL chart or fill out a fact sheet.

–> Penguin Alphabet. Such a motivating way to work on letter recognition and upper and lowercase pairing.

–> Alphabet Spin. Spin a letter and color a word that starts with it!

–> Word Family Sort. Sort and then sound out CVC words.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Game. Race to the iceberg as you read and write sight words along the way.

–> EDITABLE I Spy. Find the sight words hidden around the room. Then write the words in the right spot on your sheet!

–> EDITABLE Hide and Seek. Play a super fun pocket chart game with the whole class!

–> 3 Story Starters. Get kids writing with creative story prompts.

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, patterns addition and subtraction.

–> Comparing Penguins. Use clothespins to clip the biggest number! You can either work on 1-10 or stretch kids who are ready by practicing 1-100.

–> This or That. Color the biggest number in each pair.

–> Odd or Even. Sort numbers into the right pile: either odd or even.

–> Fish Patterns. Create AB, ABB, ABCD, AABB, AAB and ABC patterns. Then invite students who are ready for a challenge to create patterns of their own.

–> Write and Wipe Making 10 Cards. Write and solve penguin-themed making ten addition problems.

–> Write and Wipe Subtraction Cards. Then invite students to write and solve subtraction within 10!

 

THERE ARE 17 PENGUIN ACTIVITIES IN ALL!

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Fall Activities

Fall Activities

Looking for fall activities your students will beg to play over and over again?!

This print and play pack includes 14 math and literacy centers practicing letter sounds, word families, sight words, number concept, 2D shapes and so much more.

The fall activities are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS:

The mega pack also includes literacy centers that make it so easy to differentiate. Stretch activities for your strong readers and break down the activities for your struggling kiddos.

–> Alphabet Acorns. Such a motivating way to work on letter recognition and upper and lowercase pairing.

–> Letter Sound Puzzles. Find the letter that starts each word. The set even includes digraphs!

–> Rhyming Sort. Find the words that sound the same.

–> Word Family Sort. Sound out 24 CVC words.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Game. Race to the tree as you read and write sight words along the way.

–> EDITABLE I Spy. Find the sight words hidden around the room. Then write the words in the right spot on your sheet!

–> EDITABLE Color by Sight Word. A fun literacy craftivity!

–> 3 Story Starters. Get kids writing with fun story prompts.\

MATH CENTERS:

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including counting, number writing, patterns and 2D shapes.

–> 1-12 Number Sort. Build number sense as you sort four different ways to write the numbers 1 to 12.

–> Base Ten Puzzles. Count the base ten blocks and find the matching number. It’s a fun way to work on 1 to 120!

–> Roll and Cover. Practice quickly recognizing 1 to 6 OR, for kids who are ready for a stretch, work on adding up to 12.

–> Leaf Patterns. Create AB, ABB, ABCD, AABB, AAB and ABC patterns. Then invite students who are ready for a challenge to create patterns of their own.

–> Write and Wipe Making 10 Cards. Write and solve fall-themed making ten addition problems.

–> Write and Wipe Subtraction Cards. Then invite students to write and solve subtraction within 10!

 

THERE ARE 14 FALL ACTIVITIES IN ALL!

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Writing Center Starter Kit

Writing Center Starter Kit

This starter kit gives you everything you need for your kindergarten or first grade writing center! Whether you’re setting up a station as a separate space in your classroom or making go-to writing folders each student can keep in her desk and pull out during writing time, this starter kit has you covered.
 
It even has EDITABLE sheets including word lists you can customize with classmates’ names or holiday words AND writing rubrics you can use to assess students’ progress.
 
 
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
 
–> Colorful writing center bunting to hang in a station
–> 31 alphabet posters to hang on the wall (including long and short vowel sounds)
–> Alphabet charts for students’ writing folders
–> Blends and digraphs chart
–> Writing rules checklist
–> 17 themed word lists with helpful pictures (includes UK version)
–> Sight word lists sorted by phonics skill
–> Writing journal covers
–> Primary lined paper
–> Primary lined paper with EDITABLE rubric
–> Lined paper
–> Lined paper with EDITABLE rubric
–> 3 posters (alphabet chart, how to sound out words and writing rules checklist)
 
You’ll have everything you need in one easy download!
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25 Pre-K Math Centers

25 Pre-K Math Centers

Looking for motivating math centers for your Pre-K classroom? These 25 hands-on, ready to print activities teach shapes, counting to 20, writing numbers, patterns and graphing. The activities make it so easy to set up math stations! Just print, prep and play. Grab...

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23 Alphabet Centers

23 Alphabet Centers

Get ready to add a huge dose of fun to your alphabet centers! These 23 fun, motivating alphabet games teach kids critical skills including letter names, letter sounds, ABC sequencing, letter formation and uppercase-lowercase pairing. Use them as literacy centers,...

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Gorgeous Classroom Libraries

Gorgeous Classroom Libraries

Get ready for some serious inspiration! These gorgeous classroom libraries are packed with cheerful color schemes, genius organization tips and cozy designs. Add just a few of these ideas to your space and your students will be motivated to read all year long! Get...

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300+ Word Work Activities… And Growing!

300+ Word Work Activities… And Growing!

Do you spend countless hours hunting down "good fit" word work activities and literacy centers for each of your reading groups? Word work is an amazing way to take students' reading to the next level because it gives kids a chance to play with words - breaking them...

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3D Shape Centers

3D Shape Centers

Learning 3D shapes just got WAY cooler! These engaging, hands-on 3D shape activities teach kids about cones, cubes, cylinders, hemispheres, hexagonal prisms, pyramids, rectangular prisms, spheres and triangular prisms.

They’re great to use as math centers or math lessons in kindergarten, first grade or second grade.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> “Parts of a 3D Shape” Poster

–> 27 Shape Clip Cards

–> 3 Interactive Flap Books

–> Clip and Sort Activity

–> 3D Shape Bingo // class set of 30 boards

–> Shape Hunt

–> 6 Build and Read Shapes

–> Spinning Shapes Game

 

The pack is a perfect compliment to our 2D Shape Activity Pack and Toothpick STEM Structures!

NOTE: All of our products are instant downloads.

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Syllable Segmenting Centers

Syllable Segmenting Centers

Help kids build strong pre-reading skills with a batch of motivating syllable segmenting games. The activities are great to use during guided reading, literacy centers or small group work in preschool or kindergarten.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 27 clip cards practicing 1, 2 and 3 syllable words

–> A kinesthetic (active) syllable sort with 52 word cards

–> A black and white syllable sort with 14 words

 

The pack is a perfect compliment to our Rhyming Pack and Phonemic Awareness Elkonin Boxes!

NOTE: All of our products are instant downloads.

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Magic E Centers

Magic E Centers

These playful magic E centers make it fun for kids to learn the bossy E rule. They’ll love playing the games so much that they won’t even realize they’re learning!

And to make it easy for you to differentiate, the bundle includes centers focusing on just one long vowel at a time (long A words, for instance) PLUS activities combining multiple vowels at once so you can stretch students who are ready for more challenge.

Check out all of the fun included in this Magic E pack below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND

This mega bundle includes 45 Magic E centers:

–> 11 long A centers including clip cards, board games, pocket chart hide and seek and puzzles

–> 11 long I centers including color by word family sheets, roll and graph games and board games

–> 8 long O centers including say and spell cards, puzzles, a flip and write game and board games

–> 9 long U centers including I spy, pocket chart hide and seek and board games

–> Motivating games and sorts combining multiple vowels at once

–> And colorful posters highlighting common words with each vowel

 

The centers are great to use as literacy centers, guided reading activities or word work stations!

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Beginning Digraph Centers

Beginning Digraph Centers

These 11 motivating digraph centers and posters make it fun to practice the most popular beginning digraphs in words: CH, KN, NG, PH, QU, SH, TH, WH, and WR.

Make flap books, solve puzzles, race around game boards, color by digraph and so much more.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 8 posters (one for each digraph)

–> Hide & seek pocket chart game

–> Flip & write center

–> Roll & write game

–> Outer space sort

–> 36 clip cards

–> 3 flap books

–> Digraph Bingo (class set!)

–> Puzzle pairs

–> Color by Digraph practice sheets

–> Di-Graph practice sheets

–> What’s Right? practice sheets

 

(You can grab ENDING digraph centers HERE.)

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Must-Play Beginning Sound Games

Must-Play Beginning Sound Games

As children learn how to read, the part of words they are able to isolate and spell first are beginning sounds. It is as though their brain works so hard to pull apart that first sound that the rest of the letters just melt away. These eleven beginning sound games are...

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Beginning Sound Activity Pack

Beginning Sound Activity Pack

As children learn how to read, the part of words they are able to isolate and spell first are beginning sounds. It is as though their brain works so hard to pull apart that first sound that the rest of the letters just melt away.

These eleven beginning sound games are the perfect combination of fun and effective for kids! Children will be ready to move on to ending sounds in no time.

Check out all of the motivating details below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Clip cards

–> Alphabet match up puzzles

–> 5 game boards

–> Color by sound no prep sheets

–> Sound sort

–> Mystery beginning sound no prep sheets

–> Beginning sound cover up mats (in color and black and white)

 

NOTE: All of our activities are instant downloads.

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EDITABLE Name Games

EDITABLE Name Games

The first words many children learn to read and write are their names. These 10 playful name games make learning them fun for kids and easy prep for grown ups.

Because all of the pages are editable, the activities work with any name under the sun. Type it once and the name automatically loads into every page. It’s a huge time saver!

The editable name games include ten motivating activities.  Check out all of the fun details below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Dot the letters in your name sheets

–> Name puzzles

–> Colorful letter art collages and class book

–> In my name/not in my name sorting mat

–> Magnetic letter spelling mat

–> Play dough spelling mat

–> Name writing practice sheets

–> Name book

–> Glue tracing page

–> Symmetrical name craftivity

 

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2D Shape Activities

2D Shape Activities

The 2D Shape Activity Pack is bursting with motivating ways to learn about circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, ovals, rhombuses, trapezoids, hexagons, stars and hearts!!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Interactive Flap Books

–> Shape Hunts

–> Clip and Sort Activity

–> Shape Bingo (Class Set)

–> Shape Puzzles

–> Playdough Mats

–> Shape Sandwich Clip Cards

–> Shape Graphs

–> Roll and Cover Sheets

–> Color by Shape Pages

–> Shape Alphabet Activity Sheets

 

That’s 63 pages of hands-on fun in all!

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States of Matter Activities

States of Matter Activities

Teaching kids about states of matter? You're in the right spot! These motivating, playful states of matter activities will keep young scientists learning and smiling for days. Grab your States of Matter Activity Pack in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers! States of...

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States of Matter Activity Pack

States of Matter Activity Pack

Make learning about states of matter fun for kids with this motivating, easy prep activity pack!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Colorful states of matter posters

–> Easy prep science journal for recording results

–> Interactive flap book

–> Clip and sort activity

–> States of matter clip cards

–> 8 hands-on science experiments

–> Rainbow Jar

–> Water Cycle in a Bag

–> Yeast Balloons

–> Ice Excavation

–> Mystery Balloons

–> Butter in a Jar

–> Balloon Balance

–> Ice Cream in a Bag

 

The ready-to-teach activity pack gives you everything you need to make states of matter engaging and memorable for kids!

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Rhyming Picture Mats

Rhyming Picture Mats

Rhyming is an important step toward reading because it teaches kids to recognize patterns in words - a skill they'll use when they learn spelling patterns later. Just like the activities included in our rhyming pack, these rhyming picture mats are a fun, hands-on way...

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Our Instagram Reel

Our Instagram Reel

Welcome Instagram friends! This is the place to find all of our latest posts in one spot. Simply scroll down and click on the activity you're searching for - our newest posts are on top. Spring STEM Challenges in our shop // on Teachers Pay Teachers 3D Shape Puzzles...

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Fraction Activity Super Pack

Fraction Activity Super Pack

Make learning fractions fun for kids and easy prep for grown ups! The Fraction Activity Pack is filled with motivating and effective activities that teach key vocabulary like numerator and denominator, parts versus whole, thirds, fourths... Once kids are ready, they...

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Telling Time Activity Pack

Telling Time Activity Pack

The Telling Time Activity Pack is perfect for first and second graders!

The 90+ pages teach kids the foundations of telling time on a digital and analog clock:

–> Recognizing the hour and minute hands

–> Telling time to the nearest hour, half hour, quarter and 5-minute intervals

–> Identifying A.M. and P.M.

There’s so much included in this set! Check out all the fun details below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> A.M. and P.M. Sort

–> A.M. and P.M. Review Sheet

–> Match Up Games for Time to the Hour, Half Hour, Quarter and 5 Minutes

–> Clip Cards for Time to the Hour, Half Hour, Quarter and 5 Minutes

–> Time to the Hour BINGO (CLASS SET)

–> Race Around the Clock Roll and Color Game

–> Time to the Half Hour Dominoes

–> Time to the Quarter I Have, Who Has (CLASS SET)

–> Clock Craftivity

–> Review Sheets for Time to the Hour, Half Hour, Quarter and 5 Minutes

–> 4 Anchor Charts

 

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Winter Activities

Winter Activities

These 20 motivating winter activities are perfect for pre-K and kindergarten! Use them as math and literacy centers, early finisher activities, morning tubs… the sky’s the limit.

Whether you’re putting together a winter unit, or just want to step up math and literacy learning, this Winter Activity Pack is a must.

Check out all the fun details below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY

–> Alphabet Snowballs (Upper and Lowercase Match Up)

–> Alphabet Letter Sound Puzzles

–> Winter Alphabet Spin

–> Winter Beginning Sound Clip Cards

–> Arctic Sight Word Race – EDITABLE

–> Arctic Sight Word Snow Writing – EDITABLE

–> How to Build a Snowman Flap Book

–> 2 Silly Story Starters

MATH

–> Snowman Counting Mats 1-10

–> Snowman Ten Frames from 1-20

–> Color by Ten Frame

–> Roll to 50

–> Roll to 100

–> Missing Numbers

–> This or That (3 versions for easy differentiating)

–> Greater Than and Less Than Mittens-

–> Odd and Even Snowball Sort

–> Penguin Goldfish Patterns

–> Snowman Roll and Cover Pattern Block Mats

–> Making 10 Penguin Activity

–> Subtracting from 10 Snowflake Activity

 

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Word Family Activity Pack

Word Family Activity Pack

Teaching kids how to read and write word families increases their reading fluency by showing them spelling patterns in words. These hands-on, motivating games and no prep activities make memorizing the most common word families uber fun for kids. The activity pack is...

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21 Cool Bug Activities for Kids

21 Cool Bug Activities for Kids

Looking for some cool bug activities to try with your kids? These 21 creepy crawly math, literacy and craft projects are sure to be a hit. Whether you're looking for new ideas for an insect unit or you just want to step up the fun factor, we hope you love these 21...

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25 Awesome Name Games

25 Awesome Name Games

These 25 awesome name games are sure to keep kids entertained for days. They'll love crystallizing, tracing and painting the most important word they'll ever learn. And for more fun, be sure to grab our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop! Whether you're in...

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Vowel Team Centers

Vowel Team Centers

Practicing vowel teams? This mega pack includes 14 centers and 9 posters focusing on nine of the most common vowel teams: -AI, -AY, -EA, -EE, -IE, -OA, -OE, -UE, and -UI.

Play a vowel team board game, solve a batch of clip cards, roll and graph vowel team words… There are so many fun options in one easy download!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 9 “When 2 Vowels Go Walking” Posters

–> Vowel Team Bingo (Class Set)

–> Say It, Spell It

–> Dab the Real Word

–> Word Sort

–> Clip Cards

–> Color by Word Family

–> Real or Nonsense

–> Bowling Bash Board Game

–> Firehouse Dash Board Game

–> Police Zip Board Game

–> Hide and Seek Pocket Chart Game

–> Roll and Graph

–> Popcorn Sort

–> Vowel Team Puzzles

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100+ Classroom Supplies at the Dollar Tree

100+ Classroom Supplies at the Dollar Tree

I admit it: I used to be a Dollar Tree skeptic. I couldn't imagine that a store filled with things costing just one buck could possibly have anything worthwhile. Boy was I wrong. The Dollar Tree is packed with awesome classroom supplies - scissors, flashcards,...

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15 Genius Teacher Tips

15 Genius Teacher Tips

These 15 genius teacher tips are sure to save you valuable time, money and sanity. Gotta' love that, right?! Find a few favorites to add to your must-try list and then hop over and grab our free lesson planner and organizer so you can keep organized all year long....

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25 Pre-K Math Centers

25 Pre-K Math Centers

Looking for motivating math centers for your Pre-K classroom? These 25 hands-on, ready to print activities teach shapes, counting to 20, writing numbers, patterns and graphing.

The activities make it so easy to set up math stations! Just print, prep and play.  The easy-to-follow instructions make them perfect for parent volunteers or classroom helpers.

The 25 printable centers give students practice with:

–> 2D Shapes
–> Patterns
–> Sorting
–> Number recognition to 20
–> Number formation
–> Counting to 20
–> Ten frames
–> Graphing
–> Introductory measuring

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Number Rainbows

–> Counting Clip Cards (2 sets)

–> Roll and Color Number Game

–> Number Dominoes

–> Ten Frame Dab

–> Roll and Write 1-9

–> Number 1-20 Puzzles

–> Kids Color Up 1-12 Game

–> Pizza Shop 1-20 Counting Cards

–> Number Bingo for 1-20

–> How Many Long? Linear Measurement Activity

–> Shape Graph

–> Shape Sort

–> I Have, Who Has Shape Game

–> Shape Puzzles

–> Roll and Color Shape Sheet

–> Color Sort

–> Graphing Colors

–> Counting Bear Pattern Cards

–> Farm Pattern Cut and Glue Sheet

–> Popsicle Stick Pattern Cards

 

Bundle with my alphabet and fine motor centers and save!

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Short Vowel Word Family Centers

Short Vowel Word Family Centers

These 18 literacy centers make it fun for kids to practice reading and writing 40 of the most common short vowel word families:

-AB, -AD, -AG, -AM, -AN, -AP, -AT, -AX, -EB, -ED, -EG, -EM, -EN, -ET, -IB, -ID, -IG, -IM, -IN, -ING, -IP, -IT, -IX, -OB, -OD, -OG, -OM, -OP, -OT, -OX, -UB, -UD, -UG, -UM, -UN, -UP, -US, -UT, -UX and -UT.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 5 Word Family Posters

–> Word Family Puzzles

–> No Prep Color by Word Family Sheets

–> Word Family Mats

–> CVC Clip Strips

–> Say and Spell Task Cards

–> 5 Pocket Chart Games

–> 2 Word Family Sorts

–> 9 Word Family Board Games

 

That’s 18 motivating short vowel word family centers in all!

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Rhyming Games

Rhyming Games

Make learning to rhyme fun for kids with eight motivating games! The activities are great to use as literacy centers, morning work or guided reading games.

Just print, prep and play year after year.

There’s so much included in this set! Check out all the fun details below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 18 Rhyming Puzzles

–> Spin a Rhyme

–> Rhyming Bingo (Class Set)

–> Color the Rhyme

–> I Have, Who Has (Class Set)

–> Rhyming Sort

–> 18 Clip Cards

–> Rhyme Time Game

 

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23 Alphabet Centers

23 Alphabet Centers

Get ready for some serious fun! These 23 alphabet centers teach kids critical skills including letter names, letter sounds, ABC sequencing, letter formation and uppercase-lowercase pairing.
 
Use them as literacy centers, morning work or small group activities. Just print and play!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LETTER RECOGNITION

–> Hidden Letter Sheets

–> Alphabet Stamping

–> Letter in My Name Sort

–> Curvy, Straight Letter Shape Sort

–> Alphabet Clip Cards

–> Alphabet Memory

–> Little Mouse Alphabet House Game

LETTER FORMATION

–> Handwriting Activity Sheets (in standard AND D’nealian fonts)

–> Alphabet Tic Tac Toe

–> ABC Hide and Seek

–> Race to the Top

–> Matchbox Car Tracing

LETTER SOUND

–> Alphabet Chant

–> Alphabet Charts (in color AND black and white)

–> Alphabet Match Up

–> Phonics Clip Cards

–> Phonics Match Up

–> Alphabet Wheels

ABC SEQUENCING

–> Paperclip Letters

–> Missing Letters Game

–> Missing Letters Clip Cards

Bundle with our fine motor and preschool math pack and save here!

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Cut and Paste Shape Game for Kids

Cut and Paste Shape Game for Kids

Are you looking for a fun way to help kids learn about shapes? After doing a contact paper shape sort and shape hunt a few weeks ago, the kids and I were excited to try this new hands-on shape game for kids. It's easy to prep and can quickly be tweaked to work with...

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Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids

'Tis the season for all things outdoors.  To keep my 4 year-old daughter, A, engaged during long hikes and jaunts on the beach, I've loaded our activity bin with several easy outdoor scavenger hunts.  {There is something about the thrill of the hunt that never fails...

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Bug Number Bonds

Bug Number Bonds

We've been busy planting in the garden almost everyday and with a 2 and 4 year-old our yard, work inevitably turns into bug hunting.  So I took my 4 year old's fascination with insects and used it to practice number bonds with this simple, quick prep activity. And if...

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Preschool Math Mega Pack

The Math Mega Pack includes 10 hands-on, printable games that teach shapes, patterns, number recognition and writing, counting to 20, graphing, measuring, beginning addition and subtraction.   Inside you'll find: Making 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. A number concept...

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21 Preschool Math Games

21 Preschool Math Games

Help kids build a strong foundation of skills with these 21 awesome preschool math games. The list includes fun ways to learn shapes, counting, number writing, measuring and more. They're the perfect complement to our Number Formation Pack! First up on our to do list...

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Beats on the Body Game

Beats on the Body Game

Looking for a fun, hands-on way to teach kids how to break words into syllables?! In this activity, children tap their hand, then elbow and shoulder as they break a word into parts - an important skill that helps them get ready for reading later. The game is...

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Spider Word Families

Spider Word Families

We are almost halfway through October and that means Halloween is just around the corner! It's the perfect time to overcome my arachnophobia and share a free printable spider game with all of you. This playful sort is a fun-filled way to help children learn word...

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