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Free fifth grade centers, anchor chart, interactive notebook, and printable activities for teaching volume in upper elementary.

Teaching Volume with Hands-On Activities

Teaching volume is one of my absolute favorite math units, and I can’t believe I have never written about it before! When I taught 5th grade math, volume always came …

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Creative and Educational Time Fillers: No More Wasted Minutes

There are few things more frustrating than wasted time in the classroom. All those little five and then minute breaks can really add up, and bored students can often become …

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Spring In Upper Elementary: St. Patrick's Day Activities, Conference Tips, and Test Prep Ideas Too!

After all the snow that so much of the U.S. has been dealing with, is anyone else ready to dream about spring?? Here's a round up of my favorite upper …

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Real world connections when teaching fractions are so important. Download a free math lesson and browse dozens of other fraction tips.

Teaching Fractions: How to Make Math Meaningful

Teaching fractions in upper elementary can be overwhelming because there are SO MANY concepts to cover. Simplifying fractions, equivalent fractions, fractions on a number line, comparing fractions, improper fractions and …

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There are many amazing books to read, but which ones should make the cut? Here are my best tips for how to select novels in upper elementary.

Thoughtful Tips for How To Select Novels in Upper Elementary

I love reading chapter books with my class and digging deep into comprehension through novel study. Teachers often ask me for book suggestions, so I wrote this recent post with …

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Creative Distance Learning Valentine Activities

With so many students in digital or hybrid models, teachers are once again showing off their flexibility and creativity by creating unique classroom celebrations. There was a great brainstorming thread …

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