Tips and resources for teaching persuasive writing in upper elementary, including the difference between opinion and argumentative writing.

Teaching Persuasive Writing

Kids are natural persuaders. In our classroom, we often engage in silly debates (is water wet?) and sometimes my students voice their opinion about things going on at school (this …

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Use this bundle to prepare upper elementary emergency sub plans. Also includes practical tips to help you prepare for a guest teacher.

Emergency Sub Plans and Guest Teacher Tips

Raise your hand if you have ever dreaded taking a day off because you’d have to create sub plans. My hand is definitely up! While sickness or meeting or appointments …

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November read alouds for upper elementary students, related lessons to use with each book, and seasonal activity ideas too!

November Read Alouds for Upper Elementary

With each season and holiday, I frequently include new books to explore different seasonal topics. For our November read alouds, we read several books about gratitude, family, and – of …

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An index of favorite upper elementary math videos and related activities for introducing and reinforcing math concepts.

Amazing Math Videos

I previously shared a post with my favorite reading skill videos, so now I'm back with amazing math videos to use for introducing and reinforcing math concepts. I asked teachers …

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Upper elementary tips and resources to help you provide engaging instruction and meet all students' needs using authentic texts

Integrating Authentic Texts into Your Curriculum

As the textbook and curriculum industry has grown, contrived texts have become more and more common in the classroom. While contrived texts have their purpose, experts say that authentic texts …

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Practical coping strategies and resources that make meeting your students emotional needs a little less overwhelming.

Ways to Support Students' Emotional Needs in the Classroom

In today’s classroom, teachers are not only teaching rigorous academic standards, preparing for crucial state-wide assessments, and meeting astronomical administrative requirements, but we are now climbing another mountain that has …

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