A Morning Procedure for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders That Brings Calm and Connection
Greeting students at the door every morning can have a huge impact on the way the rest of the school day goes. Making sure each of your students has a positive interaction with you before the school day even begins can be a game changer. Set up this easy morning procedure to make sure your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students get a mental health check every morning.
Teachers - Summer Reflections Can Make Next School Year Better - Teaching Made Practical
How 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade teachers can use their summer to improve classroom management, routines, procedures, and teaching for the upcoming school year. Spend some time reflecting on specific aspects of the previous school year to make the next school year more fun.
Classroom Management for Upper Elementary - Teaching Made Practical
Classroom management ideas for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students. Find ideas for making morning work easier, classroom jobs, using hand signals, pencil procedures, dismissal, bathroom procedures, and more for upper elementary students. If you are having regular behavior problems with a large portion of your classroom, then reflecting on your classroom procedures and classroom management might help.
8 Authors That Will Bring Diversity to Your Classroom Library
Check out these 8 authors of color if you are wanting to add some diversity to your classroom library. There are African-American authors, an author from Sioux Nation, Cuba, Hong Kong, Mexico, and more. Making sure each of your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students has access to books that reflect their culture is essential. And making sure you expose your upper elementary students to literature from around the world can help your students better empathize with others.
Tips for First Year Teachers - From a Veteran
If you are a brand new teacher, check out this letter to first year teachers from a veteran, experienced teacher. Make sure you don't just survive your first year teaching, but actually thrive. Part 1 of 2. Teaching can be rewarding, but it can also be incredibly draining if you don't take steps early on to prevent teacher burn out. Especially for upper elementary teachers - 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade teachers.
33 Questions to Build a Positive Classroom Community All Year Long
Building a safe classroom environment for your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students helps make classroom management so much easier. Use these 33 questions all year long - starting with ice breakers for the first week of school - to help facilitate safe conversation amongst your upper elementary students and build connections. Ice breakers are not just for back to school - they help encourage a positive classroom community all the way to the end of the year.
How Teachers Can Set Up Morning and Afternoon Routines for Less Stress
Use these tip for building habits and creating new routines to make your school day easier and more productive before you head back to school. Taking the time to plan out a morning routine and a "before I leave school" routine can help you stay organized and get more done. 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers already intentionally plan out morning and dismissal routines for their upper elementary students - why shouldn't you do that for yourselves before the first week of school?
The Best Teaching Advice from Over 50 Teachers
Over 50 teachers give their best advice on how to have a great school school in upper elementary (3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade). Tips on classroom management, building relationships, parent-teacher relationships, time management, grading, and more.
Set up virtual parent conferences easily
Set up a virtual parent conference easily for distance learning. You can use Zoom, Google Meet, and MS Teams for online parent conferences.
Ice Breakers: Get Students Talking - Teaching Made Practical
Ice Breaker ideas for the beginning of the school year or when a new student comes to your class. Get your 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students more comfortable and talking with each other. Helps build relationships and minimize bullying. Also helps students practice their speaking and listening skills in the upper elementary classroom.
Using Pear Deck in the Upper Elementary Classroom
Tips for using Pear Deck to engage and assess upper elementary students (3rd, 4th and 5th graders). This is a great technology tool to use in your classroom because students don't have to log in. There are templates you can use, and it integrates with Google Slides to make lesson planning easier.
How to Throw a Digital Class Rewards Party
Just like so many changes that have come with COVID-19, hybrid, and remote learning, classroom management needs some adjusting too! One fantastic way to motivate your students to complete their work, participate in synchronous lessons, and continue to do their best to work and be their best selves is by throwing a special invite-only weekly digital class party! They’re easy to throw, extremely motivating, and just a lot of fun! Download your FREE digital class rewards party starter kit!
Holiday Brain Breaks for Kids
Try these fun, interactive holiday brain breaks to incorporate movement, music, and fun into your elementary classroom instruction! These brain breaks are PERFECT for classroom instruction or distance learning. Your students will LOVE dancing to holiday music while staying active and engaged throughout the school day!
Math in the Upper Elementary Classroom
Ideas for setting up a positive, encouraging tone in your upper elementary math class. When you go back to school and start introducing math topics the first week, it is important to set a tone that helps 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students get excited and overcome fears about math class. Includes ideas for math games and math books to integrate into your math lessons.
Preparing for State Testing - Activities and Review Games - Teaching Made Practical
7 different review games or activity ideas for state testing prep. Help your 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students stay motivated as they prepare to take their state test. These ideas come from real teachers who are looking for fun and engaging ways to review.
Hand Signals: The Simple Way to Limit Interruptions in Your Classroom
If you hate having your students interrupt your lessons with questions about going to the bathroom or getting water, check out this blog post! This is an easy way to help students get what they need without interrupting you!