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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
These fall riddles are a fun-filled and engaging way to lay the groundwork for early comprehension skills. Solve a riddle a day every day to give your students daily practice inferring, identifying and answering key questions, drawing conclusions,
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Autumn, Informational Text
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Printables, Games
CCSS:
RL.K.1, RI.K.10, RI.1.1, RI.1.4, RI.2.1, RI.2.4, W.1.2, W.2.2, SL.K.2, SL.K.3, SL.1.2...
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
If your little learners like working at the pocket chart, you're always looking for new activities to use! Spice it up for Thanksgiving with this set of 19 high frequency word cards and 3 punctuation cards for building sentences. What a fun way to
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Thanksgiving
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RF.K.3, RF.1.3
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Here are two free activities to help your students master the words on their personal word walls.Repeated practice and spiral review are the best ways to help your students build the habit of routinely referring to their word wall. Practice in this
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Printables, Games
CCSS:
RF.K.3c, RF.1.3g, RF.2.3f
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
You'll boost your students to the next level of their mathematical understanding with these 3 pirate-themed four-in-a-row games for practice with addition strategies: adding doubles, doubles plus one, and doubles minus one. Just copy on cardstock,
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Winter
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st
Types:
Math Centers, Printables, Games
CCSS:
1.OA.C.6, 2.OA.B.2
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Your students will build number sense, math vocabulary, and listening skills, too, with this free set of kindergarten math riddle cards! This set is a sample from Kindergarten Number Sense Riddles Set 1. If you're excited about using these
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Numbers, Mental Math
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten
Types:
Math Centers, Task Cards
CCSS:
K.CC.A.2, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.4b, K.CC.B.4c, K.CC.B.5
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Keep the fun in February math centers with this game for review of addition doubles facts with sums of 2 to 12. This free game is perfect for Valentines Day, but great for year-round practice, too!All that your students will need to play is a game
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Math Centers, Printables, Games
CCSS:
1.OA.C.6
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Use this set of eight math task cards and printable pages to strengthen skills with operations and place value in your first grade and second grade students. Choosing from a grid of four numbers, your students will solve numerical expressions with
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Basic Operations
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Math Centers, Task Cards
CCSS:
1.NBT.B.2, 1.NBT.B.3, 1.NBT.C.4, 1.NBT.C.5, 1.NBT.C.6, 1.OA.C.6
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Everyone loves 120 chart games! Practice adding one, two, and ten by counting on with this set of easy prep Christmas themed games! Differentiate easily through kindergarten and first grade by choosing either... * a game for adding
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Math Centers, Printables, Games
CCSS:
1.NBT.A.1, 1.NBT.C.5, K.OA.A.1
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Are you looking for easy prep math games that will bring review topics into your math centers all winter? Try this set of four winter math games for addition, subtraction, place value, and missing addends! You'll find the variety you need for
Subjects:
Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Math Centers, Games
CCSS:
1.NBT.B.2, 1.NBT.C.5, 1.OA.B.3, 1.OA.B.4, 1.OA.C.6, 1.OA.D.8
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
This Money Bingo game will provide your students with practice counting groups of US pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Use this game with small groups and then put it in a math center for your students to play independently. For your
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Math Centers, Printables, Games
FREE
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Try these free place value riddle task cards for numbers in the hundreds and thousands to keep your third, fourth, and fifth grade students totally engaged in using math vocabulary and skills as well as critical thinking and logic!These riddles are
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Mental Math, Place Value
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Math Centers, Task Cards, GATE
CCSS:
2.NBT.A.1, 3.NBT.A.2, 4.NBT.A.2, 2.OA.B.2
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
"Hey, Mr. Snowman!" is an original read-aloud book with patterned text and controlled vocabulary. Its large font also makes it suitable to assemble and use as a big book for shared reading.It's easy to turn "Hey, Mr. Snowman" into a complete
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Winter, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.1, RL.K.10, RL.1.1
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
This free consonant blends game is a great way to practice skills across the curriculum! Using this set of 81 football-themed cards, your students will read short vowel words that begin with consonant blends AND they'll also count tally marks to a
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Math Centers, Games
CCSS:
1.OA.C.6, RF.K.3, RF.1.3
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Play a fun and active game of Scoot to practice comparing numbers with greater than, less than, and equals signs! It's a great way to review first grade math skills with equalities and inequalities with your students who are scootin' into second
Subjects:
Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Math Centers, Task Cards, Games
CCSS:
1.OA.D.7
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Plants are such an important part of the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade science curriculum in spring. This set of activities will support and enrich your science teaching about plants through cross-curricular math and literacy
Subjects:
Graphing, Biology, Writing
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Math Centers, Science Centers, Activities
CCSS:
1.MD.C.4, 2.MD.D.10, W.1.1, W.2.1
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Practicing addition, subtraction, place value, logic, and reasoning is fun with these free math riddles for St. Patrick's Day! Your students will use their knowledge of math plus critical thinking to solve these puzzles about two-digit
Subjects:
Basic Operations, St. Patrick's Day, Place Value
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Math Centers, Task Cards
CCSS:
1.NBT.B.2, 1.NBT.B.3, 1.NBT.C.4, 1.NBT.C.5, 1.NBT.C.6, 1.OA.C.6
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
This set includes first grade desk name tags, alphabet cards for classroom wall display, and a student alphabet chart that uses the same images as the wall display cards. Study Buddy desk tags are name tags and so much more! From the first day of
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Back to School
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st
Types:
Posters, Printables
FREE
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Your PreK and kindergarten students will love the cute winter monsters on these 20 cards for practice matching numeral, number word, counting objects, and ten frame representations of numbers from one to ten. Try these cards in math tubs, math
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Winter
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten
Types:
Math Centers, Printables
CCSS:
K.CC.A.3, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.5
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Here are 12 math riddle cards for first and second grade math, a fun and engaging way to practice math skills like number sequence, coin values, addition, subtraction, and place value! This set is a sample from 120 Riddles for Grades 1-2, Set 1.
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Mental Math
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Centers, Activities
CCSS:
1.NBT.A.1, 1.NBT.B.2, 1.NBT.B.3, 1.NBT.C.5, 2.NBT.A.2
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By Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson
Here’s a set of 8 task cards that will strengthen your kindergarten and first grade students’ skills in adding with sums through ten. On each card, your students will discover the Secret Number by using math skills to eliminate three out of four
Subjects:
Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Math Centers, Task Cards, Activities
CCSS:
K.OA.A.3, K.OA.A.5, 1.OA.C.6
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I'm proud to have been a teacher for 26 years, with the majority of my experience being in first grade. Additionally, I was a basic skills teacher, working with K-8 students in literacy and math. I taught Reading Recovery for 5 years, and that experience impacted every day of my teaching since then! It has also been my privilege to present workshops at Reading Recovery Conferences at the state and national level. For the last 10 years of my career, I enjoyed teaching a self-contained first grade literacy intervention class, in which literacy instruction was infused throughout the curriculum. I presented several workshops on guided reading at the district level, and continue to present workshops to the parents of preschoolers on the topic of preparing for kindergarten. My goal is to provide teachers with rigorous hands-on resources sprinkled with fun, to keep the joy in both teaching and learning!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I'm a big proponent of hands-on learning! I also believe that children learn and retain their new knowledge best when they make connections. You'll see this reflected in the numerous cross-curricular resources in my store.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Teacher of the Year

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in Elementary Education from Marywood College Graduate courses focusing on literacy including Reading Recovery training at Rutgers University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband and I live near Barnegat Bay in NJ. We are the parents of 2 wonderful daughters, and the proud and happy grandparents of three granddaughters and three grandsons.

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