Teacher Favorites – The Best Nonfiction Book Series

The best nonfiction chapter book series for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students

Most upper elementary teachers I know could easily tell you their favorite fiction books to read aloud to students, but choosing a nonfiction book is harder.  We just don’t read nonfiction or informative texts as much as we read fiction texts because it is harder to find engaging books. We lean on fiction books with positive themes and inspiring stories …

50+ Teachers Share Their Favorite Teacher Tips

50+ Teachers Share Their Favorite Classroom Management Tip, Parent Communication Tips, Time Management Tips, and More for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students.

Teachers are always learning – and who better to learn from than other teachers?  Only teachers can really understand the complexity of teaching 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade students.  Fellow teachers understand our joys and our struggles, so they are the best ones to offer advice. So, I surveyed hundreds of teachers, asking them to share a tip …

Teacher Favorites – The 10 Best Fiction Chapter Book Read Alouds

The best fiction chapter book read alouds for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Some of my favorites as a 3rd grader were James and the Giant Peach, There’s A Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, A Dog Called Kitty, and A Family Apart (Orphan Train Adventures). Some of my favorites as a …

Teachers – Summer Reflections Can Make Next School Year Better

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Summer is an ideal time for teacher reflections.  After catching up on all the things you don’t have time to do during the school year (like sleep), summer is a great time to reflect on how the past …

Back to School Activities and Ice Breakers for Upper Elementary

There were so many great ideas that I can’t share them all. So, I organized all of the answers, looking for the most popular, the most unique, and the most practical back to school activities. Some of the teachers were willing to share ideas but asked to remain anonymous, so I respected that request. The most popular activities and some …

Classroom Supplies Teachers Can’t Do Without

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Since 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers (as well as every other type of teachers) have to buy most of their own classroom supplies, it’s important to know what supplies are the most important.  What can we absolutely …

Word Wall Ideas for Upper Elementary

By the time students enter 3rd grade, they have most likely had four years of alphabetized word walls designed to help them learn their sight words.  While this is useful for primary students, upper elementary students don’t benefit as much from these types of word walls. Ideally, by upper elementary – and especially 4th and 5th grade – word walls …

Day 5 – 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge

Welcome to Day 5 of the 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge! Every day this week I’ve been asking you to reflect on something specific from last school year that annoyed/bothered you and help you take action to change it for this upcoming school year. Classroom behaviors and routines don’t change without being intentional about it – being …

Day 4 – 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Welcome to Day 4 of the 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge! Every day this week I’m asking you to reflect on something specific from last school year that annoyed/bothered you and help you take action …

Day 3 – 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Welcome to Day 3 of the 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge! Every day this week I’m asking you to reflect on something specific from last school year that annoyed/bothered you and help you take action …