Presidents' Day Activities for Upper Elementary

Presidents’ Day Activities for Upper Elementary

While I love a good school holiday, there’s also a part of me that really loves being in school on holidays so that students can learn about them. There are many holidays that we seem to have lost the significance of and they have become nothing more than just a Monday off. Presidents’ Day is one of those holidays. These Presidents’ Day activities will help you teach your students about this holiday and the important position of the president. Consider adding a few of them to your lesson plans during the week of Presidents’ Day!

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Valentine Coupons for Students

The Perfect Valentine for Your Students

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s one of those holidays that seems to sneak up on you because it happens just about the time you really get rolling and back in the groove after winter break. I have had years where I have been so focused on teaching and the inevitable test prep that I almost forgot Valentine’s Day. Ahhhhh! Not something I want to do. Then I created the perfect student Valentine that my students have loved that I can prepare in advance or at the last minute.

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February Classroom Ideas for Upper Grades

February Activities for the Upper Elementary Classroom

Can you believe it’s already February? For a short month, there sure is a lot to do! This month has so many great things to celebrate: Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, and much more! Here are some fun February activities your students are going to love.

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100th Day of School for Upper Grades

The 100th Day of School for Upper Grades

The 100th Day of School has become a school holiday in schools all around the world. What started as a celebration of 100 for primary grades has become something celebrated school-wide. However, it can be difficult trying to balance the schedule and rigorous standards of upper elementary with “fun” days like the 100th Day of School. Now you don’t have to! These 100th Day of School Ideas for Big Kids are perfect for both.

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Character Education in the Classroom

Character Education in the Classroom

As teachers, there are many demands on the precious hours we have with our students. We have so many standards to teach, so many concepts to master, and so many students to prepare. Sometimes the thought of adding one.more.thing is enough to make a teacher scream. However, there is one thing we owe to our students to prepare them for the future. No, it’s not more academic knowledge. It’s the practice to instill good character. Character education is an important part of the education of children in preparing them for life.

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January Ideas for Grades 3-5

January Activities that Will Jump Start Learning

Did you hear that? Listen again . . . It sounded like a corporate sigh of relief from teachers everywhere! After a long semester of learning and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it was like a giant exhale that said “phew . . . I made it!” As the holidays wind down and you start gearing up for the new year and the return to school, let’s focus on kick-starting that learning. These January activities for the upper elementary classroom are perfect for getting back into the groove after the holiday break.

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15 Must Haves for Virtual Teaching

15 Must Haves for Virtual Teaching

The world of virtual teaching has exploded with more teachers teaching virtually than ever before. While our ultimate goal is the same, virtual teaching brings its own challenges. However, there are a few things that can make your virtual teaching job easier and your time more efficient. Here are your 14 virtual teaching must-haves.

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December Classroom Ideas for Upper Elementary

December Activities for the Upper Elementary Classroom

December in the classroom might be the shortest month of instructional days – but it just might be the hardest, too. Students are excited about the holidays and school break. Their thoughts are consumed with Christmas and gifts and travel and well . . . just about anything but school! And teachers are just as busy too! There are lessons to plan, students to engage, and a Christmas party to plan – and that is just at school. So let me help you fill your lesson plans with fun and engaging December activities that your students will love!

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November Ideas for the Upper Elementary Classroom

November Activities for Upper Elementary

I don’t know about you, but when someone says November I think of fall and Thanksgiving. Then a second later the bomb drops in my head – Christmas is right around the corner! My stress level goes up just a little as I think about all that has to be done in the next 2 months. One thing I learned over the years is that by getting lesson plans done early, I was able to focus my time outside of school on the holidays and getting ready for them. These November activities are a few of my favorite resources to help make that happen without sacrificing quality in the classroom!

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Fun Fall Reading Activities for Upper Elementary

Fun Fall Reading Activities

One of the things I love is connecting student activities to the seasons and the holidays. I have just seen time and time again how this one little thing can increase student engagement. And we all know that when student engagement increases so does learning! I’ve put together some of my favorite fall reading activities for the upper elementary classroom.

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October Classroom Ideas for Grades 3-5

6 Fantastic October Activities for the Upper Elementary Classroom

October is the month I start to gear up for the holidays. What that means is not only preparing for the holidays personally but also knowing that students don’t get ‘holiday brain.’ You know – that brain fog that sets in with visions of costumes, candy, turkey, and presents. It starts in October and runs until winter break. So instead of fighting against the ‘holiday brain’ you can use it to your advantage. I always engaged my students with holiday and seasonal activities that played right into the ‘holiday brain’ but kept them learning, too! Here are 6 great ‘holiday brain’ October activities for upper elementary.

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5 Ways to Use PDFs Digitally

5 Ways to Use PDFs Digitally in the Virtual Classroom

For most of us expanding our teaching practices into virtual teaching or distance learning is a fairly new thing. We are on a steep learning curve as we work to do what is best for our students. It’s kind of like the first year of teaching . . . again! Today I am excited to share some of the things I have learned on this journey. Here are 5 ways to use PDFs digitally in the virtual classroom.

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