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Five Novels to Teach Character Traits for Upper Elementary

Five Novels for Teaching Character Traits

Make sure you read to the end for something you can use today! Start with Character Traits as Vocabulary Inferring character traits is one of the skills I love to start the year with. Fourth graders usually have some prior experience, which is helpful. The bonus is that it’s a

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Planning Minilessons with a Free Template and Sample Lesson

The one about planning minilessons

When I moved to my current school three years ago, I completely switched school systems. Through orientation and examining their curriculum, I quickly learned they had an obsession with minilessons. While I’m resistant to change, I did learn a lot about planning minilessons and they can be really effective when

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DIY Classroom Incentive

The one with simple DIY classroom incentives

As a type B teacher (and also as a part of my classroom philosophy), I like to think less is more. Most of the year, I’ve done a simple class incentive, FUN FRIDAY. We earn letters for working hard, persevering through a challenge, and being complimented by other adults in

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Classroom out of control? Management reboot is here.

The one about rebooting classroom management

If you’ve been here for a minute, you know I take classroom management seriously. Maybe you took my free course to kickstart your classroom management at the beginning of the year. But it’s January and we’re wayyyy past the honeymoon phase. There are times throughout the school year when your

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Summer Reading Goals for Upper Elementary

The one with a summer reading goals and a freebie

  My number one goal every year is to make more kids readers. I love books and I wholeheartedly agree with this quote: “There’s no such thing as someone who hates reading. It just means they haven’t found the right book.”  Heading into summer, kids only want to be done

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Two students writing at a table with a map image behind them

The one with point of view activities and books

This post may contain some affiliate links, which means if you click on one of the links and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission. You will never incur a fee or charge for this. Point of view can be a tricky topic to teach for reading and writing.

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The one with Halloween activities for upper elementary

I can’t believe that it’s almost fall. And with fall comes the beginning of the holidays. I don’t know about your students, but for mine, as soon as October 1st rolls around, they’re counting down to Halloween. This post may contain some affiliate links, which means if you click on

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The one with Five Freebies For Back to School

All teachers know that back to school is one of the most hectic, exciting times of the year. We’re buying new supplies, decorating our rooms, and planning for the best school year yet. Buying all of those new things for our classrooms can get expensive, which is why I’ve put

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Christmas Activities for Third Fourth Fifth grade

The one with Christmas activities for upper elementary

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year! There are only 7 weeks until Christmas… which means it’s time to start planning for some of my favorite lessons.  Here are seven of my favorite Christmas-themed activities with a couple freebies so you can try them in your classroom!  1. Wreath

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