questions and activity ideas for the upper elementary read aloud Brave Irene

Questions and Activity Ideas for the Winter Read Aloud Brave Irene

Brave Irene is an interesting story of a young girl that braves a blizzard in order to make sure the duchess has her dress in time for the ball. The vocabulary and figurative language that the author William Steig uses is vivid and captivating.  It lends itself to a variety of different reading activities to do along with reading the …

Questions and Activity Ideas for teaching the book Snowmen at Night to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Snowmen At Night: Questions and Activity Ideas for this Winter Read Aloud

Snowmen at Night is a fun winter read aloud that draws out the imaginative side of kids. The text in this snowman book is not complicated, so it is often used for younger grade levels.  However, the whimsy in this story appeals to readers of all ages, and the activity ideas below are geared towards 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade …

Low Prep Activity Ideas for the Week Before Thanksgiving in 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Fun, Low Prep Activity Ideas for the Week Before Thanksgiving

Need some Thanksgiving ideas for reading, writing, science, or simply something fun to do before the break with your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade elementary classroom?  Check out the Thanksgiving activity ideas below!Reading Activities for the Week Before Thanksgiving Break1. Compare Canadian Thanksgiving with Thanksgiving in the United StatesInstead of having your students focus solely on American Thanksgiving and its …

questions and activity ideas for teaching the folk tale Stone Soup to your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Questions and Activity Ideas for the Folk Tale Stone Soup

Jon M Muth’s version of Stone Soup is a fun folk tale that describes how monks tricked a village into making stone soup and finding happiness.  The villagers have a feast together at the end, making it a great book to read aloud around Thanksgiving, especially if you are looking for read alouds and activities for a school or classroom …

Reading and writing ideas for a monster themed classroom in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

9 Reading & Writing Ideas for a Monster Classroom in 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Whether you have a monster themed classroom, are looking for fun ways to celebrate Halloween, or just want to spice up your reading and writing lessons, the ideas below will help inspire you.  Find 9 easy literacy activity ideas for your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade monster themed lesson plans. Some of the links are affiliate links, so if you …

Haiku poetry writing contest 2022 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

2022 Haiku Poetry Contest for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students

The contest is now closed.  Winners are in the process of being chosen, and will be announced by December 1st.  Teaching Made Practical is having its first ever poetry writing contest! It’s easy…have your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students write their own original haiku, and submit it for it a chance for them to win!  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place …

The best haiku books for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom libraries

Best Haiku Poetry Books for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Kids

Haiku poems are short, making this form of a poetry great for introducing 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to poetry.  Sometimes poetry can be overwhelming, but the list of haiku books for kids below are perfect for a non-scary introduction. This form of poetry is about using precise language to describe a brief moment in time or an insightful …

Nonfiction and fiction books about monsters for a monster unit or Halloween read aloud in grade 3, grade 4, or grade 5

Read Aloud Books About Monsters for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Looking for some fun, engaging monster books to read aloud to your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students for Halloweeen?  Or maybe you have a monster themed classroom, or are doing a monster unit with your upper elementary class. Whatever has lead you on a search for monster read alouds, you will find a book that works for your students …

7 classic haiku examples for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade lesson plans

Haiku Examples for Teaching Poetry in Upper Elementary

Haiku’s unique form and structure make it an ideal form of poetry to teach to upper elementary students.  Haiku are short, which will keep students (and teachers!) from getting overwhelmed. The haiku examples below follow the generally agreed upon rules of haiku: 3 lines a 5-7-5 syllable pattern precise language to describe a moment in time about nature Use the …

Fiction reading response activity ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms

11 Fiction Reading Response Ideas for 3rd, 4th, or 5th Grade

Looking for some ideas to engage your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students as they respond to a fiction text they have read?  One of the 11 reading response ideas below is sure to work for your upper elementary classroom. You can get a no prep version of all of these activities (and more!) in this Fiction Reading Response Resource.Reading …