A no prep writing activity for your 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders the day after a sub

A No Prep Writing Lesson for the Day After a Sub

Entering your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom the day after having a substitute is always a nerve wracking experience. Chances are, you’ve had some of these questions run through your head before you open your classroom door. Did the sub leave a terrible note?  Did the sub leave any note? Will my classroom be a mess? Is anything broken? …

A collection of ideas from Pinterest for state testing in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade - to motivate and excite students

My Favorite State Test Prep Ideas from Pinterest

Preparing your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students for state testing can sometimes feel boring, contrived, and frustrating.  Teachers, however, are experts at turning boring things into engaging activities.  Below are some of my favorite ideas from Pinterest to help you prepare and motivate your students for their state test. Or, check out these other activities and ideas to help …

This Valentine's Day Fraction Freebie is a great way for your 3rd and 4th grade students to review fractions in a fun way

A Free Fraction Activity for Valentine’s Day

Keeping students on task and engaged around Valentine’s Day is hard.  The excitement – and the candy – that comes with this holiday can be a distraction for many 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students.  These Valentine’s Day task cards are a great way to help keep students engaged and learning while still celebrating Valentine’s Day. This Valentine’s Day Fraction …

This black history month freebie will help your third, fourth, and fifth grade students learn more about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Free Activity for Black History Month

Teaching students about important African Americans should not be confined to February.  However, Black History Month is a great opportunity to spend some intentional time learning about these heroes of history. This free Black History Month Activity gives students a chance to think more deeply about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.  Students will read the information on some …

Ideas for teaching upper elementary students (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students) how to annotate texts in a fun way

Annotating Text in 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Written by Guest Blogger Jessica Thompson I remember telling my class we were going to annotate the text. Wait. We are going to anno-what? Very simply put, to annotate is to take notes or add comments. For students in third, fourth, and fifth grade, learning to annotate the text they are reading will be an imperative skill as they get …

18 Christmas Writing Prompt ideas for upper elementary (3rd, 4th, 5th grade)

Christmas Writing Prompts for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Christmas time lends itself to some fun and engaging writing prompts and activities. The 18 writing prompt ideas below don’t require any prep, just pencil and paper.  However, many of the prompts below can also be easily used to create fun bulletin boards or activities if you want to spend a little extra time. Many of the writing prompt ideas …