Monthly/Seasonal, Reading

October Books for Upper Elementary

Are you looking for great literature to introduce to your students in the month of October?  You will find some of my favorites for upper elementary students.  Read on for a summary and why they are my favorites!  Happy Haunted Reading!  CLICK ON EACH BOOK PICTURE TO FIND IT ON AMAZON! 1.  Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe. A chapter book:  4.2 reading level Harold, the narrator of the story, is hysterical! He is just like my dog, Romeo, who…

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Projects, Social Studies

Native American Crafts, Activities and Games for Kids

If you are looking for Native American crafts, activities, and games for children, you hit the jackpot! Being that a Native American Unit is my favorite topic to teach, I’ve collected ideas I found not only useful, but motivating for kids of all ages. I hope you find something exciting to use with your child or class during a Native American study! Scroll down for all my favorite Native American tunes, games, activities, crafts and projects! Fun fun fun!  This…

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Reading

7 Ways to Teach Cause and Effect

Are you looking for ways to teach cause and effect? I love to think outside the box and find ways to teach reading skills in a variety of ways to meet the needs of all learners. I hope you find some ways that are helpful to your students! First, offer an anchor chart. Tell students that cause and effect is found in both fiction and nonfiction material. In fiction, the cause-effect relationship is often found in characters. For example, Maddie…

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Writing

How to Get Your Students Writing!

Do you want your students writing more? These three ways will get your students writing! Place a daily prompt on your white board using a projector or smart board. Students should use writing journals to write to the prompt. Supply engaging prompts with a variety of types of writing. This PAPERLESS strategy will free up your time to do administrative duties required when students first arrive in the classroom. For an effective way to begin the day with the students,…

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Classroom Management, Organization

Classroom Must Haves: Things I Can’t “Picture” Myself Teaching Without

When it comes to organizing and planning a classroom, every teacher has a few items they couldn’t possibly ever go without! It might be that favorite stapler, the perfect book, or an amazing resource! I know I know. I just posted about Supplies I Can’t Live Without but I wanted to join my peeps from Upper Elementary Snapshots where we will all share our Must Have supply, book, and resource. I have so many things I can’t “Picture” myself teaching…

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Classroom Management, Organization

Classroom Supplies I Couldn't Live Without

These supplies have saved my day over and over again in my classroom.   Although I’m not in the classroom anymore, I still find myself in the supply section of Target and searching on Amazon.  I don’t think it is ever anything I will shake off!    How can you resist colorful pens?  I’m sure I can find a way to use them outside the classroom.  Take a peek at some of my faves! ***Click on each picture below to…

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Critical Thinking, Organization

How to Organize Your Classroom Library

Are you looking for a classroom library system that works? 1. First purchase labels. Any 3/4 inch dot labels will work, but the ones below are my FAVORITE! I love them because they offer 10 different colors. Click the picture for the Neon Labels if you would like the same ones. Most labels (these included) offer a blank template to customize! Abbreviate the genre, author, etc. 2. Print or make book bin labels. Ideas to label: This shows 4 different…

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Monthly/Seasonal, Projects

Back to School- End of Year Time Capsules

If you came to this site, you either purchased the time capsule activity and are looking for directions, or want ideas for your own time capsule.  These are so much fun to do with students of all ages!  Enjoy! This Time Capsule Activity is great to use at the beginning of the school year!  For homeschoolers with a different schedule, an idea could be to start in January for a full calendar year or from one birthday to the next!…

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Classroom Management

Sale on Classroom Management Materials!

Today and Tomorrow Only! Grab some Classroom Management Resources for your classroom! FILE 1: POSITIVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT GUIDE (9 pgs.) FILE 2: WEEKLY AWARDS Give your students awards throughout the year! Positive reinforcement will encourage positive behavior. ★ 5O AWARDS with cute graphics ★ Color or Black and White ★ Full size or Card size-4 per page FILE 3: STUDENT REWARDS Individual Student Rewards are an important part of a positive classroom management plan. ★ 27 Individual Rewards with a…

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