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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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Learn how to use reader’s theater scripts in your upper elementary classroom and tips for getting started if you’re brand new to it.

How To Use Reader’s Theater Scripts in Your Upper Elementary Classroom

When I first heard about reader’s theater, I thought surely that was something for a drama class. Over the years though, I have really come to enjoy it and seen …

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Three tips and resources for a smooth and productive classroom morning routine in upper elementary.

3 Parts to an Effective Classroom Morning Routine

Having a solid classroom morning routine in place can help you start every day in your classroom on the right foot. A morning routine is more than just getting students …

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Here are some of my favorite fall read alouds, along with different fall literacy activities that are all great for upper elementary.

Fall Read Alouds and Literacy Activities for Upper Elementary

I love using seasonal books and activities as a way to keep things fresh in the classroom! Here are some of my favorite fall read alouds, along with different fall …

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This FREE place value guide includes a ton of ideas, place value lessons, essential skills, book list, free activities, and more!

The Complete Guide to Place Value Lessons

I always start the year with teaching place value, whether I'm teaching 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade! I compiled a ton of ideas, an introductory lesson, essential skills, book list, freebies …

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Free Morphology Activities

Are you ready to get started teaching prefixes and suffixes? This FREE word study bundle can help!

free upper elementary notebook ideas for teaching prefixes and suffixes along with Greek or Latin roots

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