**DISCLAIMER: Before you read, please know that I am in NO way associated or being paid by any of these sites. I am just a classroom teacher writing from experience.
Happy belated 4th of July! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I am moving to 2nd grade next school year. I have been teaching 1st grade for a number of years now, and even though I love everything about it, there is something about new beginnings.
This move to second grade has me really thinking and reflecting about all the possibilities. Someone I respect deeply told me the other day that 2nd grade is the perfect grade to teach. Her words mean the world. Excitement is an understatement.
Moving to a new grade level means a lot of changes. New standards, new team, new classroom… BUT one thing that I am sure will not be changing is how I use my favorite websites.
I had written before about providing intentional screen time to our students. Screen time can be purposeful: an extension of learning, individualized learning, reteaching a concept, etc. Screen time can also be “cute.” I have a problem with the word “cute” in education.
Let me just begin by saying that in one way or another, there are payments involved with these websites. They are all worth it though.
This is a website that I use every. Single. Day. The membership will get you access to leveled books, lesson plans, and activities. Decodables, fluency activities, close reading, you name it. Any school can build their guided reading program based on this website.The correlation to Common Core and state standards are on point. Be prepared to assemble (or have parent volunteers help you!) the books. But once you make them, you will have them for years to come. Don’t even get me started about how you can be able to hit your content area while conducting your guided reading.
Brain Pop Jr.
This is another favorite! I use this website to project and introduce new concepts. Brain Pop Jr is organized by subjects. Within each subject, you can find relevant short clips. Let me say it again: in every single area. Reading, grammar, writing, science, social studies, math. Every year I take the time to teach my students know how to use it to extend their learning independently as well. Worth every penny.
- When the kids are a mess and you are looking for something fun and intentional? The mailbox has you covered.
- When it is Sunday night and you are looking for a fun science activity for Monday? The Mailbox has you covered.
- When you are looking for a treat idea for Valentine’s day? The Mailbox has you covered.
- Do you want to differentiate your homework? The Mailbox has you covered.
- Want alternatives for morning work? The Mailbox has you covered.
Teachers Pay Teachers
I would love to hear about your favorite websites. I am always on the lookout for good knock-me-off-my-chair technology!
Until next time!