Strategies to try with your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to help them learn to love reading

Getting 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students to Love Reading – 8 Motivation Strategies

Written by guest blogger Cindy Koopmans On last week’s exit ticket, I asked my students what they enjoy most in class. The majority of them said, “Reading my Choice book.”   That makes this reading teacher want to jump for joy.  Now in my twenty-fourth year of teaching, I’ve finally arrived at what I believe to be a winning formula for …

These books about kids that are changing the world and making a difference will inspire your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Books About Inspirational Kids Who Are Changing the World

Written by guest blogger Cindy Koopmans Hope.  Right now, we need it more than ever.  2020 was hard.   We are all, to some degree, the walking wounded here.  We are all a bit weary of pep talks, we are all feeling the strain of social distancing and wearing these (insert expletive here) masks…ready to throw up our hands, crawl into …

Digital or paper student interest surveys can help you guide 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to books they will love to read

Using Reading Interest Surveys in 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

One of the first steps to getting your reluctant readers excited about reading is getting to know what interests them as readers.  A reading interest survey is a great way to do this. Written by guest blogger Cindy KoopmansReading Interest Surveys – Through Conversation, Paper, or DigitalYou can get to know what sorts of books interest your 3rd, 4th, and …

Use these different versions of Cinderella books from around the world in a unit for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students

Cinderella Books from Around the World: 9 Multicultural Stories

Written by guest blogger Cindy Koopmans Let’s start with something familiar:  the story of Cinderella.   Then let’s take a trip around the world and transport this classic tale to many different settings and cultures.   Let’s use the story of Cinderella to teach point of view, theme, compare and contrast, and summarizing. Doesn’t this sound like a fun reading unit?  …

Tips for stocking your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom library with quality literature without breaking the bank

How to Stock Your Classroom Library with Quality Literature – on a Teacher’s Salary

Written by guest blogger Cindy Koopmans It can be a challenge to stock your classroom library with quality literature, especially if you are living on a teacher’s salary – with no additional side hustle or supportive spouse and no one is offering to give you money to buy books.   I’ve been in your shoes and here is how you solve …

Encourage reluctant readers with engaging nonfiction books about animals for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students.

Nonfiction Books for Students That Love Animals

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you.If you have 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade students that don’t like to read (and what teacher doesn’t?), then finding engaging texts is a must. Books about animals are universally appealing – and very few students can …

Fiction Books that Help Teach Point of View - fairy tales, books that tell the same story from multiple points of view

Fiction Books That Help Teach Point of View

I love teaching students to think about different points of view! This is such an essential skill – not only academically, but also behaviorally. When students are able to look at things from different points of view, they become more empathetic and kind. Books that offer multiple perspectives are a great way to expose 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th …