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 …

Day 2 – 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 2 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 …

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 …

Day 1 – 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 1 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 then I’ll help you …

Activities To Keep Students Learning After Testing Is Over

Activities to keep students (3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade) engaged, motivated, and learning after state testing is over.

After state testing is over, it can be difficult to keep 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students engaged.  As the weather starts getting nicer, students begin to get spring fever. They know the end of the school year is in approaching, and student motivation can dwindle. The time after testing, however, is a great time to try some …

A Better Way to Use Venn Diagrams When Comparing and Contrasting

Venn Diagrams are a tool commonly used in 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade classrooms to teach students how to compare and contrast.  And while Venn Diagrams can be useful, they can also be used in a way that promotes lower level thinking instead of higher level thinking.   Usually, teachers give students completely blank Venn Diagrams.  At first glance, …

Black History Month Biographies for Upper Elementary

Black history month should not be the only time you expose your students to famous African Americans and their culture and history.  However, it is a great time to celebrate the culture and teach your students about African Americans that have overcome discrimination and other obstacles to help shape our history.   Often, teachers stick with well known African Americans like …

Different Ways to Use Task Cards in the Upper Elementary Classroom

Ways to Use Task Cards with 3rd graders, 4th graders, or 5th graders

If you have taught upper elementary sometime over these past 5 years, chances are you have come across somebody that uses task cards. Or you might use them yourself. You’ve also probably come across somebody that hates task cards. Although some people complain that task cards are glorified worksheets (and they could be right, depending on how you use them), …