Category: Math

Stop the Summer Slide

Stop the Math Summer Slide

You made it! It’s time to celebrate surviving one of the toughest school years in history! You and your students successfully navigated through uncharted territory and made it to the other side! Take a minute to sit back and relax. You’ve earned it! The same goes for your students, buuutttt we don’t want them to relax for too long! You and your class have worked entirely too hard for them to lose all of that knowledge they earned through blood, sweat, and tears. The summer slide is a real thing. Let’s take a look at how to stop the math summer slide.

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5 Ways to Make Test Prep Fun

Fun Test Prep: 5 Ways to Make it Happen!

Before we can complete the school year, we have to endure standardized testing. I’m sure you’ve been working hard to prepare your students for the test all year long through your daily lessons and activities. No matter how much we prepare, testing is a nerve-wracking time for both teachers and students. It’s important to take some of that pressure off of our kids and remind them to have a little bit of fun along the way. Throughout the years, I’ve learned several different ways to do this. Let’s jump right in and learn about some fun test prep!

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May Activities for the Classroom

Fun & Engaging May Activities

May is an exciting time in the classroom! You can feel all of the energy in the air as students and teachers anticipate the sweet arrival of summertime! Our days are jammed packed with end of the year activities and closing ceremonies as we try to fit everything in before time runs out. Along with all the fun and games, we still have to continue to teach in order to get all of those standards in before sending our kiddos off to the next grade level. I have some exciting May activities in store for you to wrap up the year with a bang!

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April Activities for Grades 3-5

April Activities For Upper Elementary

Aaaahhhh! It’s almost April and you know what that means. The snow has melted and the soft, refreshing rains of spring are upon us. Soon we will see flowers popping up everywhere after a long, dreary winter. In addition to the changes in the weather, April is filled with some fun holidays too! With April Fools Day, Earth Day, and Easter all wrapped up in one month, there are lots of engaging themes to bring into the classroom. I have a lot of fun April activities to help you finish strong.

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March Ideas for 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade

March Activities for the Upper Elementary Classroom

There are so many amazing things about the month of March. It brings a close to the long, dark, cold months of winter. It’s filled with the hope of spring and new beginnings. But, it’s also that time of the year when the pressure of test prep really starts getting heavy. When students start dreaming of warmer days and counting down for spring break and summer. March is a pivotal month for sure! Let me help you sail through this month with these fun and engaging March activities that will keep your students focused, engaged, and working on important skills and concepts.

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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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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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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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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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At Home Learning Made Easy

At Home Learning Made Easy

Whether you are teaching virtually through distance learning, using a hybrid in school – at home model or homeschooling by choice, students are doing all or part of their learning from home. And if you are currently teaching in person in the classroom, you know the very real risk that tomorrow students could begin learning from home. These at home learning activities are your answer to providing engaging skills-based practice for your students no matter where they are learning.

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Fun Summer Review Activities to Stop the Summer Slide

Fun Summer Review Activities

School’s out for summer! Doesn’t that just make you want to sing? I love summer and summer break. What I don’t love is the summer slide. But the summer slide can be avoided. I am excited to share with you some fun summer review activities to help avoid the summer slide and make summer learning fun.

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Engage Students with Digital Task Cards

How would you like your students to have skills-based practice in a self-correcting format? What about an engaging activity like an app without ads? Maybe you’d prefer a practice or review activity without the need for making copies? If you answered yes to any of these, then I have the answer for you: digital task cards! In fact, digital task cards are all of these rolled into one!

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No Prep New Year’s Activities for Upper Elementary

It’s winter break and you are enjoying your well deserved time off from school. As much as you try to block it out, there is always that nagging little voice in your head that says “you’ve got to work on lesson plans!” Well, now you can silence that voice and plan a fun and engaging New Year’s Day with these NO PREP New Year’s activities for upper elementary students.

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