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 …

Get one week of 3rd grade morning work free - covers 5 different math domains and provides scaffolded daily math practice

Free 3rd Grade Math Morning Work – 5 Days

Finding daily math practice that 3rd graders can complete independently is a struggle.  Different curriculums practice different skills at a different times.  Often, daily math practice or morning work will expect students to have prior knowledge that they don’t have.  This is frustrating to both students and teachers! This daily math practice/morning work for 3rd grade is scaffolded to help …

Character Trait Games and Centers for 3rd and 4th grade students

Character Trait Games and Centers for Upper Elementary

Finding character trait games and centers that are actually engaging and at the same time challenging for your 3rd or 4th grade students can be hard.  Most games or centers involve filling out a graphic organizer or completing a too – easy matching game. Once students reach upper elementary, they usually under the basics of identifying character traits.  They really …

Teacher Reflection and Goal Setting

Welcome to the last day of the Reflect and Goal Set Your Way to a Better Year Challenge. If you have my Teacher Reflection and Goal Setting Resource, we are going to be completing the “Taking Action” section today.  If you don’t have it, no worries! You can complete everything with just pencil and paper. You will need the goals …

Free Multi Step Word Problem Resource for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students - extra word problem practice

A Free Resource for Teaching Multi Step Word Problems

If you are anything like I was, then you can never have enough resources to help your students practice word problems – and especially two step and multi step word problems.  No matter how much practice my 3rd grade students got, they still needed more! This multi step word problem freebie is a fun way to have your upper elementary …

Questions to ask about unwritten rules when you move to a new school - or for first year teachers that are at a school for the first time (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers)

Questions to Ask When You’re at a New School

There are some things that are universal, no matter what school you are teaching at.  Practice procedures over and over.  Differentiate.  Build relationships with students and parents. Have clear expectations.  Provide timely feedback.  Et cetera. However, each school has a different culture, a different way of doing things, and different personalities in charge.  Each school has its own unwritten rules …