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3 Daily Morning Work Ideas for Upper Elementary Students

The importance of quality daily morning work is often overlooked in the upper elementary classroom. Your morning routine is the perfect time to set the stage for the day and sneak in some valuable learning time. If done right, your morning routine can be one of the most significant parts

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5 Tips for Teaching Summer School

If you’re gearing up for summer, like most of us are, but will be teaching still, check out my tips for teaching summer school. There could be a variety of reasons why a student might be attending summer school, but no matter why we still need to give them our

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7 Ideas for End of the School Year Celebrations

As the school year is ending, you may be wondering, “What are some ideas for end of the school year celebrations?” Even though state testing may be over, the school year isn’t quite done yet. In this post, I’m going to be sharing with you some of the ways to

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12 Best Geometry Books for Elementary Students

Are you looking for the best geometry books for elementary students? I love using picture books in math to introduce a topic, or during math centers to reinforce real-life math applications. Below I am highlighting my top 12 geometry books for elementary students that you can use in your classroom.

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6 Best Tips for How to Introduce Perimeter and Area

When it comes to third grade standards, there are a lot of them we have to teach. I often get questions about how to introduce perimeter and area. It is a challenging concept, but I love how hands-on we can make it. I wanted to share some of my favorite

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5 Best Ways to Teach Opinion Writing

At some point in every school year, we all have to teach opinion writing. Many teachers come to me wondering, well how in the world do I do that? My students struggle with just writing a paragraph! In this blog post I have listed out 5 of the best ways

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8 Ways of Using Task Cards for Test Prep

Test prep can be such a dreaded time of year. But, I have found a lot of ways to make it a little more fun and that’s by using task cards for test prep! I sure don’t love testing, who does? I printed up a big stack of math and ELA

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3 Strategies for How to Teach Rounding

When I approach how to teach rounding every year we create anchor charts, practice, and play games until they finally start to get it because rounding numbers always seems to be a challenge for many of my students each year. I know from years of struggling with it that figuring

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Teaching Graphs to Elementary Students: 3 Types of Graphs

Struggling to determine the best way to approach teaching graphs to elementary students? There are so many different types of graphs that students need to be able to read and create, and I’ve finally gotten it down to best help my students be successful with reading and creating bar graphs,

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How to Use Task Cards in the Classroom

Many teachers often ask me why or how to use task cards in the classroom, and I often tell them that they are a great way to quickly increase engagement in the classroom. There are various ways that task cards can be used in the classroom, and I can’t wait

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7 Tips to Teach Poetry to Upper Elementary Students

Are you prepping to teach poetry, but just aren’t sure where to start? I’ve compiled a list of tips to make teaching poetry a cinch AND get your students loving it too. Tip #1: Use Relatable Poems to Teach Poetry This is a big one. You have to hook students

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4 Ways How to Teach Common Denominator

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to teach common denominator, and I know that teaching this skill can get very tiresome quickly. All of the little opportunities for errors with making equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting, and when they think they are done, they must simplify

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