Language Arts Archives - Elementary Education

11 Free Games for Learning the Letter Sounds (That Kids Will Actually Love)

Are you looking for some fun games to help your class learn the letter sounds? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 5 of the best games for teaching letter sounds, as voted on by kids and teachers alike. 1. Learning the Letter Sounds With Fun: Knockout…

The 9 Best Halloween Books to Read In Your Classroom

I know schools tend to be all over the map when it comes to celebrating Halloween in the classroom. Some schools opt for Book Character Dress-Up Day, while others go full-fledged bobbing for apples-parties from the 90s. What you do is none of my business–but what is my business is…

3 Spookley the Square Pumpkin Activities That Are Simple and Adorable

If you aren’t reading Spookley the Square Pumpkin to your students in October, is it even Halloween?! For real, though: Spookley has quite a hold on my own preschooler all year (it’s one of her most-requested bedtime books). My first grade students also loved the tale of this square gourd…

3 Halloween Writing Prompts That Are Scary Good

Confession: I’m a giant scaredy-cat–which is why it’s surprising that I love Halloween writing prompts so. darn. much. There is nothing I hate more than the feeling of being scared. But at the same time, I love scary movies (during the day) and I’ve always had a soft spot for…

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…