Back to School Activities and Ice Breakers for Upper Elementary

There were so many great ideas that I can’t share them all. So, I organized all of the answers, looking for the most popular, the most unique, and the most practical back to school activities. Some of the teachers were willing to share ideas but asked to remain anonymous, so I respected that request. The most popular activities and some …

Classroom Supplies Teachers Can’t Do Without

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Since 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers (as well as every other type of teachers) have to buy most of their own classroom supplies, it’s important to know what supplies are the most important.  What can we absolutely …

Word Wall Ideas for Upper Elementary

By the time students enter 3rd grade, they have most likely had four years of alphabetized word walls designed to help them learn their sight words.  While this is useful for primary students, upper elementary students don’t benefit as much from these types of word walls. Ideally, by upper elementary – and especially 4th and 5th grade – word walls …

Day 5 – 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge

Welcome to Day 5 of the 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge! Every day this week I’ve been asking you to reflect on something specific from last school year that annoyed/bothered you and help you take action to change it for this upcoming school year. Classroom behaviors and routines don’t change without being intentional about it – being …

Day 4 – 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Welcome to Day 4 of the 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge! Every day this week I’m asking you to reflect on something specific from last school year that annoyed/bothered you and help you take action …

Day 3 – 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Welcome to Day 3 of the 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge! Every day this week I’m asking you to reflect on something specific from last school year that annoyed/bothered you and help you take action …

Day 2 – 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Welcome to Day 2 of the 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge! Every day this week I’m asking you to reflect on something specific from last school year that annoyed/bothered you and help you take action …

Day 1 – 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Welcome to Day 1 of the 5 Days to a Better School Year Challenge! Every day this week I’m asking you to reflect on something specific from last school year that annoyed/bothered you, and then I’ll help you …

Activities To Keep Students Learning After Testing Is Over

Activities to keep students (3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade) engaged, motivated, and learning after state testing is over.

After state testing is over, it can be difficult to keep 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students engaged.  As the weather starts getting nicer, students begin to get spring fever. They know the end of the school year is in approaching, and student motivation can dwindle. The time after testing, however, is a great time to try some …

A Better Way to Use Venn Diagrams When Comparing and Contrasting

Venn Diagrams are a tool commonly used in 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade classrooms to teach students how to compare and contrast.  And while Venn Diagrams can be useful, they can also be used in a way that promotes lower level thinking instead of higher level thinking.   Usually, teachers give students completely blank Venn Diagrams.  At first glance, …