I love social studies and how it mixes so well with everything that we are doing in ELA!! Right now, we are reading "The Lemonade War"! My kiddos love it and so do I! The best part is that it fits perfectly into our Economics standards! We use this novel study to go through the book and focus on reading skills! We read the book, talk about reading skills, take quizzes and complete projects. After reading the book, we learned all about opportunity cost, scarcity, producers, and ... Read More about Market Day Economics Project
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Valentine's Day is exciting for children. In order to keep students learning all week long, you need highly engaging and rigorous work! The week of Valentine's Day I focus on review in all subjects, while keep students working hard and highly engaged. Reading Centers I love doing reading centers in my classroom! Each day we do one 20 minute center. Students listen and watch Valentine's Day stories being read to them! They read two close reads and compare and contrast ... Read More about Valentine’s Day Activities for Upper Elementary
Holidays are MY JAM! Teaching a holiday is even more my jam! St. Patricks Day in the classroom can be SO.MUCH.FUN. even if you teach upper elementary. You can still challenge your kiddos while having a ridiculous amount of fun. READ FUN BOOKS Like any other holiday, the best way to get into it is with some good BOOKS! Click on the picture books below to head to the affiliate links! Also, check out my favorite read-aloud chapter books! St. Patrick's Day Reading Challenge- Find the ... Read More about St. Patrick’s Day in Upper Elementary
I love celebrating Earth Day in my upper elementary classroom. This always seems to be a favorite holiday or theme for my students. They are at the age where they are really getting into learning about the earth and how to protect it! This is also the time of the year where we are preparing for state testing. So, all of the activities we do need to be rigorous, yet very engaging! My Earth Day activities look like this! Earth Day Challenge The Earth Day challenge is our FAVORITE ... Read More about Earth Day in Upper Elementary!
Holidays should still be fun when kids reach 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade! I wanted my kids to love Valentine's Day week, but I also wanted them to learn and practice during our reading block. Here are my five tips for making Valentine's Day fun and rigorous in your upper elementary reading class! Read lots of great books! Reading picture books are essential for children's learning, even in the upper elementary grade levels! My favorite "love" themed books are shown below! Click on the book to ... Read More about Valentine’s Day Reading Activities for Upper Elementary