Introducing poetry to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and making it fun and engaging

Introducing Poetry to 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Hello, my name is Patsy Johnson, a guest writer for Teaching Made Practical. I have taught grades 2-8 throughout my teaching career, and one of the most daunting subjects to teach can be poetry. With that said, poetry is crucial to learn because it promotes literacy, builds community, and fosters emotional resilience. However, it can be a difficult subject to …

This October freebie is great for morning meetings, team building or ice breaker activities, writing prompts, or oral and listening practice in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Students answer fun, October themed questions.

Free October Themed Team Builder

Teachers tend to spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year on teambuilding and ice breaker activities, knowing that having a positive classroom environment is essential for learning.  Once the attention turns to academics, however, fostering a safe environment in your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom can sometimes be pushed aside. Focusing on team building and …

8 activities for making writing fun in the upper elementary classroom

8 Activities for Making Writing Fun in Upper Elementary

Written by Guest Blogger Jessica Thompson, 4th Grade Teacher Writing. The minute the word is mentioned there is an audible, in-sync sigh from the students. Of course, there are a few super excited students who cannot get their ideas down quick enough. For every handful of excited writers, there is a large portion of the class that “has nothing to …

Easy, free activities and ideas to help make teaching inferencing and making inferences lesson plans even easier for upper elementary

Making Teaching Inferencing Easier

Written by Guest Blogger Kerry Heino At heart, I must say that I consider myself more of a math teacher, stronger in the ways and means of teaching math concepts, but I do enjoy teaching inferencing strategies to my class. Over the years, too many to actually count, I have strived to make this unit more meaningful, but also fun, …

Help your students have successful, kind, and balanced small group discussions with this tower of talk activity. Great for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

Facilitating Small Group Discussion in the Classroom

Tower of Talk Discussions Written by Guest Blogger McCormick in Middle Do you want a classroom of engaged students during group discussions? Would you love to be able to circulate your classroom and listen in on thoughtful conversations about books without having to intervene to resolve conflicts? Is one of your goals for your readers for them to share the …

Tips for helping your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students clean up their own classroom successfully and quickly! A great way to make dismissal go much more smoothly and have a clean classroom to come to in the morning!

Classroom Clean Up: Tips for Helping Students Be Successful

Written by Guest Blogger Tamara Leavitt of Tamara’s Teacher Toolbox It’s been a busy day! Not only are the students’ brains full and bodies antsy… gravity has done its job well in the classroom. The floor is covered with pieces of paper, writing utensils, bits of trash, and sometimes-unidentifiable classroom paraphernalia! Chairs and books have been well-used to support education, …

Use this freebie to help you teach point of view and author's perspective to your 3rd and 4th grade students. Includes a cut and paste activity a short, clearly biased reading passage with questions.

A Free Point of View Activity

A lot of point of view resources focus on helping students distinguish between 1st and 3rd person, but point of view is so much more than this! When teaching point of view, we need to help students think about author bias and how their own point of view might differ from the author or character’s point of view. As texts …

Brain breaks ideas to help motivate students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

Brain Break Ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Written by Guest Blogger S.M. So, we’ve all been there…you’ve been pouring your heart and soul into the lesson and in front of you are a classroom full of uninterested kids.  I mean, you could be dancing on the desks and they wouldn’t notice you. After so many struggles with what to do I’ve finally figured it all out…they need …