reading picture books - activity ideas and questions while reading with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Before, During, and After Reading Questions and Activity Ideas

In the course of a school year, you will (hopefully) read countless books to and with your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  Check out these questions and activity ideas that you can use before, during, and after reading a text with your class.Before Reading / Pre Reading Questions and ActivitiesThere are several no prep strategies you can use before …

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Fun Christmas ELA Activities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Christmas in the upper elementary classroom often means making Christmas ornaments, watching Polar Express, or throwing a holiday party. However, there are many ways to celebrate Christmas that also allow for student learning. The low prep Christmas ELA activities listed below are ways ways to integrate literacy while at the same time celebrating Christmas.1. Sing Christmas Songs TogetherSinging Christmas songs …

Tips for surviving the last week of school from a real teacher - language, math, and other fun activity ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

Surviving the Last Week of School – A Teacher’s Perspective

Written by Guest Blogger Kerry Heino As teachers we often long for the beginning of summer vacation, the start of a well-deserved holiday and a break in our all-consuming career. How easily we forget though, how hard that final week of school can actually be; weather that is unbearably hot, with often no air conditioning, curriculum that is done being …

Pinterest is a treasure trove of end of the year ideas, but who has time to find them all? No need to overwhelm yourself - I've plumbed the depths and come up with 17 of my favorite ways to end the year with upper elementary students. Enjoy!

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!”Places We Can Read This Summer” Anchor ChartWhat a great way to …

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9 Low Prep End of Year Activities

The end of the school year always brings forth a huge range of emotions in teachers. Eagerness about the upcoming summer break. Sadness about students moving on to the next grade level. Anxiousness about all of the end of year administrative tasks. Disgusted by how dirty the classroom has become. But mostly, teachers feel completely exhausted at the end of …