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 …

Advice from real teachers on how to prepare 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students for testing

Test Prep and Motivation – Advice from Real Teachers

In this era of high stakes testing, preparing students for state testing has become a necessity.  Gone are the days where preparing students for a test simply meant meant teaching the content well.  Now test prep could include everything from teaching test strategies, making sure kids get enough sleep and eat a healthy breakfast, motivating them to do their best …

State testing activities and games to help your 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students stay engaged as they prepare for testing

Preparing for State Testing – Activities and Review Games

Ahhhh….state tasting.  A teacher’s unavoidable nemesis.  Teachers are constantly looking for ways to make learning fun and engaging, but testing is just plain boring.  And while teachers don’t have the power to change the rules of testing to make it more fun (or to just stop it from happening altogether), we can make sure testing review is fun and engaging …

Teaching rounding with open number lines and place value skills so 3rd grade and 4th grade students actually understand

Teaching Rounding So Students Actually Understand

Teachers use all sorts of tricks to teach students how to round – tricks like rollercoasters, chants, step-by-step anchor chart instructions, underlining digits, and more. Teaching rounding using tricks is a short term solution, though.  If you are having to use tricks in order for students to understand rounding, then your students are showing you that they have some gaps …

Teaching Theme So Students Actually Understand

Teaching theme to 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade students is just plain HARD. Theme is an abstract idea, making it really difficult for teachers to put into words and really hard for students to grasp.  If your students are struggling with understanding theme, rest assured that they are not alone!  Teachers all over the world have this same …

Free Cut and Paste Resource for Teaching Theme

Teaching theme to upper elementary students can be incredibly difficult. It is such an abstract idea, so 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students need a lot of practice in order to truly understand it. Use this free cut and paste resource to help introduce theme to your students.  It has 6 paragraphs, each with one of two themes.  …