Use fraction cards for a variety of low prep math games in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

8 Fraction Centers Students Can Play Using Fraction Cards

I don’t know any 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student that wouldn’t benefit from fraction centers that provide more practice and review with fractions.  It’s a difficult skill that requires a solid base of understanding. Drills, worksheets, and other district mandated curriculum can get boring fast, so finding ways to make fractions more engaging is essential if students are going …

Character Trait Games and Centers for 3rd and 4th grade students

Character Trait Games and Centers for Upper Elementary

Finding character trait games and centers that are actually engaging and at the same time challenging for your 3rd or 4th grade students can be hard.  Most games or centers involve filling out a graphic organizer or completing a too-easy matching game. Once students reach upper elementary, they usually understand the basics of identifying character traits.  What they really need …

Games and Centers for Teaching Theme

Teaching theme is hard.  Finding theme games and centers that actually help struggling students practice how to determine the theme of a story is even harder. Most theme practice involves simply reading a passage and answering a multiple choice question about what the theme is.  Not only can this be boring and monotonous for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, …

easy to learn strategy games that are great for Fun Fridays, indoor recess, game days in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

Strategy Games for the Upper Elementary Classroom

Strategy board games are great for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers to have on hand for things like “Fun Friday,” indoor recess, class parties, or board game days. My 5th grade teacher taught every student in our classroom how to play chess. Whenever we had any extra time, we got a chance to play this strategy game with a …

Make teaching main idea more exciting with these main idea games/centers for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Main Idea Centers for Upper Elementary

I don’t know very many teachers who actually LIKE teaching main idea. It’s such a difficult, abstract, and BORING concept to teach. It seems like either kids get it or they don’t – and more often than not they don’t. Because students are usually confused when finding the main idea and supporting details of a passage, it can be difficult …