Ideas to change up your upper elementary reading lessons (third, fourth, and fifth grade) - alternatives to round robin reading

9 Easy Ideas to Change Up Your Reading Lesson

Looking for some alternatives to round robin reading in your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom?  Then check out these 9 different ways you can do whole class reading. All of these methods allow for a safe classroom environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks without embarrassment.  Using a variety of the methods below will help keep your students …

A 5th Grade Teacher's Innovation Journey - a reflection on innovation in the classroom

A 5th Grade Teacher’s Innovation Journey

How It All Began Written by guest blogger and 5th grade teacher Kelly Honn The phrase I heard often in my undergraduate classes at Northwest Missouri State University was that we should all aspire to be “lifelong learners.” I took that to heart and let it guide me through each of my twenty-five years, most of them in 5th grade, …

This no prep activity is a fun way to build fluency for your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

A Fun, No Prep Activity to Build Fluency

One of the best ways to help students become more fluent readers is to have them do repeated readings. This type of practice can get old very quickly, especially to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Liven up your repeated readings using “silly voices” – a no prep activity that makes repeated readings more fun. Instead of asking students to …

Why you should be partner reading with your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, and tips for setting up partner reading procedures

Partner Reading / Paired Reading in Upper Elementary

Partner reading (also known as paired reading) is a reading strategy where two students are paired together and read a given text aloud to each other.  Often, students are paired strategically.  For example, teachers could pair readers that are on the same level, or pair a more fluent reader with a less fluent reader. There are many advantages to using …

A no prep writing activity for your 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders the day after a sub

A No Prep Writing Lesson for the Day After a Sub

Entering your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom the day after having a substitute is always a nerve wracking experience. Chances are, you’ve had some of these questions run through your head before you open your classroom door. Did the sub leave a terrible note?  Did the sub leave any note? Will my classroom be a mess? Is anything broken? …

A collection of ideas from Pinterest for state testing in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade - to motivate and excite students

My Favorite State Test Prep Ideas from Pinterest

Preparing your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students for state testing can sometimes feel boring, contrived, and frustrating.  Teachers, however, are experts at turning boring things into engaging activities.  Below are some of my favorite ideas from Pinterest to help you prepare and motivate your students for their state test. Or, check out these other activities and ideas to help …