Language Arts Archives - Elementary Education

8 Excellent Back to School Books for Relatable Classroom Read-Alouds

Are you looking for back to school books to help your first grader prepare for the new school year? Look no further! In this blog post, we will share our picks for the best back-to-school books for first graders. From picture books to chapter books, we have something for everyone.…

Morning Work for First Graders: 3 Simple Alternatives to Worksheets

It can be tough to come up with morning work for first graders that is both fun and educational. Worksheets often feel like a chore, and they can be tedious and boring. There are, however, three great alternatives to worksheets that you can use in the morning! In this blog…

Test Prep Games That Won’t *Actually* Feel Like Test Prep

While test prep games are secretly one of my favorite things, I ultimately hope test prep is an obsolete term soon. But until then, let’s make lemonade. Out of lemons, that is. In this case, testing is the lemons. Leaving a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. Which brings us to…

Poetry Templates for Elementary Students

While April may technically be National Poetry Month, poems in the classroom should be year-round—in my humble opinion. Having poetry templates for elementary students on hand can make it a lot easier. Poetry gets a bad reputation–it’s not all flowers, butterflies, and rhymes. In fact, some of the best types…

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 It’s probably why the very term gives me a total outdated 80s vibe.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…