8 reading comprehension activity ideas to use with any book in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

8 Reading Comprehension Activities You Can Use with Any Book

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom teachers read a LOT of books and texts together, and assessing student comprehension is an important part of that.  But completing the same comprehension activities can be boring, predictable, and un-rigorous. Below, find 8 reading comprehension activities that can be used with any book, fiction or nonfiction.  And most of them are no prep …

7 End of Year Countdown Ideas - balloon pop and more for 3rd, 4th, and 4th grade students

End of School Year Countdown Ideas – Balloon Pop and More

End of school year countdowns can be a fun way for both teachers and students to celebrate the school year.  (Although, if you’re anything like me, you probably started counting down the days until summer as soon as Spring Break was over!) Some 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers want to go all out, while others have had such a …

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 …

ideas, games, and activities for state test review in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade

7 Activities and Review Games for State Testing Review

Ahhhh….standardized tasting.  An upper elementary teacher’s unavoidable nemesis.  And while teachers don’t have the power to stop standardized testing, we can make sure we provide engaging activities and games to make reviewing fun for our 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students. I surveyed over 800 teachers, asking each of them how they prepared for state testing. The ideas …

low prep end of school year activity ideas for 3rd, 4th, ad

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 …