Back to School Advice for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers -from veterans!

Back to School Teacher Tips From Over 50 Teachers

Every school year is a fresh start, and teachers are always trying to improve and learn.  Who better to learn from than other teachers?  Only teachers can really understand the complexity of teaching 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade students.  Fellow teachers understand our joys and our struggles.  Only teachers are truly qualified to offer back to school teacher …

An easy classroom job system for upper elementary students

An Easy to Implement Classroom Job System – for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

I resisted giving my students classroom jobs for several years. Having to come up with a cute organizational system and procedures for my students to use the classroom job system seemed like a lot more trouble then it was worth. Rotating jobs daily or even weekly wasn’t appealing to me.  I knew that every time my students changed jobs, I …

32 meaningful classroom job ideas - a list for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

32 Meaningful Classroom Job Ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students

Classroom jobs are a great way to help get 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students excited about helping out in the classroom. And as a HUGE added bonus, having an organized classroom job system can really help save you time. The classroom jobs list below contains 32 possible jobs you could have in your upper elementary classroom. Not …

Use this All About Me Bag Activity with a free printable as a fun way to get to know students the first days of school

All About Me Bag Activity Ideas and Instructions

One of the main priorities for those first days of schools is to get to know your students, and for your students to get to know each other.  Letting your upper elementary students create and share an “All About Me Bag” is a cheap, low prep way to do this.What is an “All About Me Bag?”An “All About Me Bag” …

ideas and tips for creating pencil sharpening procedures in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom

Classroom Pencil Management: Setting up Pencil Sharpening Procedures

Classroom pencil management for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students is much harder than the general public thinks. Non-teachers do not and cannot understand how difficult it is for upper elementary students to keep up with and take care of pencils. Or how disruptive pencil sharpening can be to instruction. Often teachers have to provide classroom supplies for …