Back to School Writing Ideas and Activities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Classrooms

Back to School Writing Ideas and Activities

Looking for some engaging upper elementary writing ideas for those first few days and weeks of school? These back to school writing activities and prompts are great for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.1. Back to School Opinion Writing PromptsYour upper elementary students will need plenty of practice with opinion writing this year, so why not start practicing the first …

Back to School opinion writing prompts / essay topics for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

Back to School Opinion Writing Prompts

Back to school season offers opportunities for some engaging opinion writing and is a great way to collect a writing sample from your new 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Use the back to school opinion writing prompts below as inspiration. If you find that your upper elementary students are lacking some opinion writing skills, these opinion writing tips and …

Back to School Get to Know You Activities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

7 Get to Know You Ideas for Back to School

The get to know you activities below are great for that first week of school when you want to get to know your new 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and you also want your students to get to know each other. Use one or more of these back to school ideas to help start the year off right in …

Descriptive writing prompt idea for all year - fun and engaging for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

A No Prep Descriptive Writing Activity Idea

Get your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students eager and excited to write with this fun, no prep descriptive writing activity idea that can be used any time of year! Not only will your students be motivated to complete their own writing, but they will also enjoy hearing their peers share their writing!A Fun Descriptive Writing Prompt for 3rd, 4th, …

More than 50 writing prompts / essay topics for compare and contrast writing in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

Compare and Contrast Writing Prompts and Essay Topics

The compare and contrast writing prompt ideas below will help keep your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students engaged with essay writing. Topic ideas for comparing and contrasting are endless, but some prompts appeal to upper elementary students more than others. Below, you’ll find general writing prompt ideas that can be used at any time and do not require much …

Activity ideas for teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students the difference between fiction and nonfiction books / texts

Fiction Vs. Nonfiction Activity Ideas for Upper Elementary

If you are teaching the difference between fiction and nonfiction to your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students soon, then check out the activity ideas below! The ideas below will help you engage your upper elementary students and help them think more critically about fiction vs nonfiction. Looking to minimize your prep time while keeping your students engaged? These No …

These examples will help you make your fact and opinion lesson plans for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.

Distinguishing Fact and Opinion – Examples for Lesson Plans

One of the best ways to introduce 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to fact and opinion is by providing them with plenty of examples.  Use the examples below to help you make upper elementary lesson plans. Then, give students extra practice with one of these fact and opinion activity ideas.  An often overlooked aspect of fact and opinion is …

Questions and activity ideas for teaching the read aloud The Great Kapok Tree to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

The Great Kapok Tree Read Aloud – Questions and Activity Ideas

The Great Kapok Tree is a compelling story that teaches about the importance of protecting the environment, particularly the rainforest. It makes a great 3rd, 4th, or 5th read aloud for Earth Day – or any time of year. Below, find questions and activity ideas to use in your upper elementary lesson plans when reading Lynne Cherry’s The Great Kapok …

examples of figurative language in poetry for your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade lesson plans

7 Examples of Figurative Language in Poetry

Poems are full of figurative language examples, but both figurative language and poetry can be intimidating topics for 3rd, 4th, and 5th students. Ease them into figurative language in poetry with the kid-friendly examples below. After sharing these examples, use one of these figurative language activity ideas to complete your lesson. Or, spend less time on your poetry lesson plans …

Questions and Activity Ideas for teaching the read aloud A Letter From Your Teacher on the Last Day of School

A Letter From Your Teacher on the Last Day of School Read Aloud Activities

A Letter From Your Teacher on the Last Day of School is a sweet story that helps 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classrooms reflect on and celebrate the school year. This rhyming book from the teacher’s perspective reminds students of what all they accomplished during the school year, lets them know they will be missed, and offers encouragement for the …