When it comes time to start preparing for testing we need to review all of the reading skills that we have learned. At the end of the year it is also a great idea to review all of your skills. You could even review last years skills at the beginning of the year! The best way to review all of the skills is through Reading Skill Surgery! It is a one day reading event that would take place in your classroom. Your students are engaged from beginning to end and they are reviewing so many ... Read More about Reading Skill Surgery!
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
When I plan for my third graders I focus on making sure that they are engaged, making sure that they love to read, and making sure that they are learning! Although, my focus is on fun engaging content I do know that students need to pass these not so fun and engaging tests. I know the importance of close reading, but I didn't want to spend most of my reading period going over it. I decided I would rather have the students read a SHORT paragraph each day and analyze that paragraph. They ... Read More about The Importance of Paragraph of the Day
Every year I LOVE doing a themed camping week! My kids love getting to experience life as a camping expert! First I start with decorating the classroom! I do not mention camping week to my kiddos at all until they walk into the room! They get so excited to see everything all decorated. Here is where I get my items: Tents- I always ask parents to donate tents for the week and I have never had a problem getting one! Table Cloths- I tend to get mine at the Dollar Tree or on Amazon! You can ... Read More about Camping Week for Upper Elementary!
I am going to give you a quick look around my new room! Throughout the room there will be many freebies, products, and affiliate links for things I use in my classroom! Feel free to recreate any of the ideas!I put my desk up against the wall in my teaching area! I always add a banner with my name (my banner is located here). I also have a weird bulletin board behind my desk, so I used my circuit to cut out "Love for Mrs. Wilde", this is where I will place all my letters and pictures from ... Read More about Classroom Reveal 2017-2018