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

Congratulations!  You’ve made it to the final day!  Today you are going to think about the steps needed to accomplish the goals you created yesterday. 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 do all of these …

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 …

Games and centers to help you teach theme to your upper elementary students

Games and Centers for Teaching Theme

Teaching theme is hard.  Finding games and centers that help students practice how to determine the theme of a story is even harder. Most theme practice involves simply reading a passage and answering a multiple choice question about what the theme is.  Not only can this be boring and monotonous for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, but it is …

Low prep end of the year party ideas for upper elementary students (3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade)

End of Year Party Ideas for Upper Elementary

You’ve seen the memes.  “There’s no tired like end of year teacher tired!”  The end of the year is exhausting.  Part of the exhaustion comes from coming up with ideas and planning an end of year party.  Check out the mostly low prep ideas below to help you plan a fun end of year party for your 3rd grade, 4th …

The best Ideas on Pinterest for celebrating the end of year with your third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade students

My Favorite End of the Year Ideas From Pinterest

I love Pinterest, but sometimes it can get overwhelming searching for ideas that actually pertain to you.  Below, I’ve collected some of my favorite ideas for celebrating the end of the year with 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students.  Hopefully some of them will help you out! What a great way to encourage your students to read during …