I love to integrate reading and STEM whenever I can! In the winter we complete a challenge that integrates both of these subject and it is so much fun! So, how does this work?! First I ask parents to donate a bunch of recycled material. Things like cardboard, paper plates, etc. Anything at their house that they are just going to throw away anyways! Then, I put all the materials in one big pile for the challenge. I typically put the students in groups. But you could also do this ... Read More about Winter Reading and Stem Challenge for Upper Elementary
My friends, do you ever feel like grammar is one of the hardest things to teach?! Or maybe it is just that you run out of time? Or it is hard to make it engaging?! If you think any of those things I AM WITH YOU! I tried so hard to find ways to make my kids love grammar and get them to understand the skills. I created a process for which I would teach the skills in an engaging way! So, this is how I go about teaching every skill. I always do so in this exact format! Introducing the ... Read More about Grammar Instruction
I LOVE teaching main idea with my kiddos! I like to teach main idea and detail with the theme of cooking. Cooking really ties into main idea for me because I always think of the main idea to be what you are creating, but the details are all of the ingredients and instructions. If you didn't have those things your main idea wouldn't taste good right?! I wanted to share with you what I do to teach main idea and detail with my students! There is a freebie inside! ;) Plus, check out the end for a ... Read More about Teaching Main Idea & Detail in Upper Elementary
December is my favorite time of the year in my classroom. There is just something about the holiday spirit that keeps me happy the entire month. The kids also LOVE December. BUT there are two truths about December in the classroom. KIDS ARE HYPED UP AND NEED TO BE ENGAGED 24/7. KIDS STILL NEED TO LEARN. Those two things are difficult to put together sometimes! So, I wanted to share with you the ways that I keep my kids engaged in rigorous learning material all month long. ... Read More about December in the Upper Elementary Classroom
What is the number one most important thing with classroom management? If you want a well managed room you need one thing and one thing only: relationships. If you don't have a good strong relationship with your kids they won't respond to any system you put into place. If you don't laugh with your kids, smile at them, ask them questions, hug them, high five them, etc. they won't respond. Before you worry about the type of system you have or are going to put into place, worry about how ... Read More about Classroom Management Made Easy!