Language Arts Archives - Elementary Education

40 Free and Fun “Would You Rather” Questions for Kids

Would you rather have 100 friends or 100 dollars? That’s the $100 question. For me, it’s 100 dollars because 100 friends is a lot of maintenance. I’m all about quality over quantity. But I’m asking because this is the type of question posed to my students every Wednesday for our…

Fun Phonics Activities To Elevate Student Engagement

What is it about a certain word that just makes you feel some type of way? For example, phonics just screams boring. Honestly? I blame Hooked on Phonics. It’s probably why the very term gives me a total outdated 80s vibe. Ironically, phonics are one of my favorite things to…

The Ultimate List of How-to Writing Prompts for Students

My writing nerd days started all the way back in 7th grade when I was cast as an alternate in the Power of the Pen team and in a strange twist of fate ended up advancing to the state competition. Not-so-humble brag aside, it lit the writing fire in me…

20 Free Word Work Activities You Can Do With Any List

I spent way more time than I’d like to admit making word work activities from scratch for every single unit. Every time I introduced new word lists or phonics skills to my students, I’d create or buy new worksheets and games. It just wasn’t sustainable. Thankfully, by now I’ve long…

3 Quick How-To Writing Ideas for Young Writers

“But, Mrs. Waters…YOU’RE the teacher! I’m just a little old 6-year-old!” This is my all-time favorite reaction from a student when I told her it was her turn to teach the class. We were at the very beginning of our how-to writing unit, and I had totally bombed the first…

The Sight Word Hub I Made For My Classroom (And Why It’s Never Leaving)

It all started when I unearthed the plastic set of drawers from our basement. A quick clearing of cobwebs, a brief dusting, and dishwasher run for the drawers, and my sight word station was as good as new. Hello, old friend! A quick back story first, though.  This year, I…

2 Foolproof 100th Day of School Activities for Virtual Learning

100th Day of School Activities, But Make It 2021 There’s something about the 100th Day of School that makes me giddy. It might be the fun 100th day activities or the milestone it marks as we are at the halfway point of the year, or it might be the excuse…