Comparing Texts: Moving Beyond the Basics

It’s true. Comparing texts can be tedious, especially when you are teaching students in grades 3-5 how to thoughtfully compare and contrast multiple texts! Of course, it’s a must-teach skill …

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Trauma-Informed Teaching: What It Is and Why It’s Important

Over the past few years, the practice of trauma-informed teaching has become more recognized. More schools are becoming aware of what childhood trauma is and how it's related to student …

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How to Teach Poetry in Upper Elementary

How do your students react when you mention poetry? If they're anything like mine, you're probably met with groans. Students typically equate poems with sappy sentiments of love and cheesy …

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Free anchor charts, interactive notebook pages, and activities to teach commonly confused words in upper elementary.

How To Teach Commonly Confused Words in Upper Elementary

Even though upper elementary students have been introduced to homophones in earlier grades, many students (and let’s be honest… adults too!) still struggle to correctly use and understand commonly confused …

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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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