Nonfiction Summaries

I'm popping in to share an activity I did to get kids thinking about summarizing nonfiction texts.  I got this idea from the fantastic Kristine Nannini at Young Teacher Love. …

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Making Sense of Multiplying & Dividing Fractions Word Problems

If you teach the upper grades, you likely know how maddening it is to try to teach your students the difference between a multiplication word problem and a division word …

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A collection of simple and short ideas to increase critical thinking and creativity in the upper elementary classroom.

How to Increase Critical Thinking and Creativity in your “Spare Time”

We all know that our students need time to cultivate their minds for critical and creative thinking, but knowing how to increase critical thinking can be tricky.  I struggle to …

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Upper elementary ideas for teaching informational text structures with anchor chart, interactive notebooks, task cards, assessments and more.

Informational Text Structures

I have spent the past week working on Informational Text Structures with my 5th graders.  I was shocked to discover that this was almost an entirely new concept for them, …

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This mini-fraction operation review project is the perfect way to review adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions.

Fraction Operation Review Project!

I have a list a mile long of projects and activities to blog about, but I'm having such a hard time finding…time!  The first one I want to share is …

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Use this free informational text book report with magazines or newspapers as a cumulative assessment in your next nonfiction unit.

Informational Text Newspaper or Magazine “Book” Report

Before break, my students turned in their latest independent book report.  This was a different kind of book report, though.  They have done plenty of non-fiction book reports, so I …

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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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