Christmas literacy / reading activities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

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 and Ideas to help you integrate writing while teaching character traits to your third, fourth, and fifth grade students

No Prep Character Traits Writing Integration

When teaching upper elementary students about character traits, we often focus on the reading aspect – how to identify character traits, how to find evidence from the text, filling out character trait graphic organizers, how to build character trait vocabulary, how characters are described within a text, etc. However, integrating writing into your lessons on character traits can be a …

Review nonfiction text features with lessons that integrate writing for your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Nonfiction Text Features – Review Through Writing

When reviewing nonfiction text features, we often overemphasize being able to name and identify different text features within text. While this is a great place to start (consider using this free slideshow or these free text feature charts to introduce your students), we don’t want to stop there!   Having 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students create their own text features …