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 part ... Read More about Earth Day in Upper Elementary!
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! Camping in the classroom is such a great way to get kids engaged and enjoy learning, but also can make for great rigorous learning! My kids love getting to experience life as a camping expert! Camping in the Classroom Decor 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. Do you need to decorate? No! The activities are ... Read More about Camping in the Classroom for Upper Elementary!