This free snowman activity integrates art and math. Students must draw a picture of a snowman using their knowledge of fractions! Great for 3rd or 4th grade students as a fun winter review.

Free Snowman Fraction Activity

Teaching fractions to 3rd and 4th grade students can be stressful and sometimes boring.  Engage your students with this hands on activity that requires students to practice their fraction skills. In this free activity, students must use their knowledge of fractions to draw a snowman.  The activity is easy to differentiate by either requiring your 3rd or 4th grade students …

Tips for using SeeSaw as a way to integrate technology and improve parent communication in the upper elementary (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade) classroom. Activity ideas to engage students!

SeeSaw in the Upper Elementary Classroom (Grades 3, 4, and 5)

Written by Guest Blogger Taylor Zonin Seesaw is both an app and computer based resource that serves as a student driven online portfolio that also incorporates simple, positive, parent communication. Seesaw is a wonderful platform for all subject areas and promotes student engagement with curriculum while integrating technology. Although Seesaw can be used across all grade levels, 3rd, 4th, and …

A free cut and paste activity for 2nd and 3rd grade students to practice making inferences - makes a great small group, center or independent lesson.

Free Cut and Paste Resource for Making Inferences

Teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students how to make inferences is hard.  We can create anchor charts that remind students that they need to look for clues from the author, think about what they already know, and read between the lines, but that doesn’t make this skill any easier. What students really need is practice – and a lot …

Introducing poetry to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and making it fun and engaging

Introducing Poetry to 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Hello, my name is Patsy Johnson, a guest writer for Teaching Made Practical. I have taught grades 2-8 throughout my teaching career, and one of the most daunting subjects to teach can be poetry. With that said, poetry is crucial to learn because it promotes literacy, builds community, and fosters emotional resilience. However, it can be a difficult subject to …

This October freebie is great for morning meetings, team building or ice breaker activities, writing prompts, or oral and listening practice in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Students answer fun, October themed questions.

Free October Themed Team Builder

Teachers tend to spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year on teambuilding and ice breaker activities, knowing that having a positive classroom environment is essential for learning.  Once the attention turns to academics, however, fostering a safe environment in your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom can sometimes be pushed aside. Focusing on team building and …

8 activities for making writing fun in the upper elementary classroom

8 Activities for Making Writing Fun in Upper Elementary

Written by Guest Blogger Jessica Thompson, 4th Grade Teacher Writing. The minute the word is mentioned there is an audible, in-sync sigh from the students. Of course, there are a few super excited students who cannot get their ideas down quick enough. For every handful of excited writers, there is a large portion of the class that “has nothing to …

Easy, free activities and ideas to help make teaching inferencing and making inferences lesson plans even easier for upper elementary

Making Teaching Inferencing Easier

Written by Guest Blogger Kerry Heino At heart, I must say that I consider myself more of a math teacher, stronger in the ways and means of teaching math concepts, but I do enjoy teaching inferencing strategies to my class. Over the years, too many to actually count, I have strived to make this unit more meaningful, but also fun, …