My students LOVE to talk about what they read. They LOVE to show their classmates their favorite books. They LOVE projects! Does this sound like your students?! This is why I started using book projects in my classroom. Basically, when my students finish a novel they get to complete a project showing what they read. They then share this project with the class. When they share the project it gets other kids excited about reading that novel too. So, then my students motivated other students ... Read More about Motivating Readers with Book Projects for Any Novel
I know you are all like me and you just don't have a ton of time. You already have to plan all your lessons, prepare all of them, plan all your centers, go to meetings, and the list goes on and on. For me, I always loved doing guided reading and I loved watching my students improve. But I needed the planning part to be simple. I needed the teaching part to be organized and easy. So, I am here today to share with you how I plan and organize my teacher led guided ... Read More about Make Guided Reading Planning SIMPLE
We spend so much time talking about reading skills. You hear it all the time... Who are the characters? Make an inference about that page. What is the theme of the story? How does the moral of the story apply to your real life? But do you know how to teach these skills to kids so they stick? Or do you find yourself constantly explaining the skill over and over even though you have already taught it 8 times? Well, I am here to show you how to get these skills engraved in ... Read More about How to Teach Reading Skills
The end of the year is such a special time! There are so many fun moments that come in the last few weeks of school. There can also be lots of educational moments too! Today, I am going to walk you through my top 10 end of the year activities! These are ones that I do every year without a doubt because I LOVE them so much! Plus, when we get to number 10 I have a fun freebie for you! Balloon Countdown! This idea I stole from Miss 5th. You take a balloon for each student and put ... Read More about End of the Year 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!