A Black History Month Research Project

Black History Month Research Project - scaffolded to help 3rd grade and 4th grade students write a successful essay, complete a timeline, and fill in a map.

Every year in February, I would do a Black History Month Research Project with my 3rd grade students. It was one of my favorite projects of the year – and one of my students’ favorite projects as well! For this project, students would research a famous African American. Using the information from their research, my 3rd graders would write an …


Christmas Party Ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Need some ideas for a holiday party in your upper elementary classroom? Here's some Christmas Party Ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Christmas always sneaks up on me as a teacher. The week of our Christmas (or holiday) party, I would begin scrambling around for activities and gift ideas. My brain was always fried by that time of year, so I started keeping a list of some Christmas activities for a Christmas party. Below are some of my favorite Christmas party ideas! …

Christmas Literacy Activities

Low Prep Literacy Activities for the Holidays - Ideas for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade. Includes Christmas activities like snowball fights, singing Christmas songs, and more

Christmas in the upper classroom often means making Christmas ornaments, watching Polar Express, or throwing a holiday party. However, there are many ways to celebrate Christmas that also allow for student learning. The low prep Christmas activities listed below are great ways to integrate literacy while at the same time celebrating Christmas. Many Christmas songs have multiple verses that students …


Compare and Contrast A Book and Movie Activities

Compare and Contrast a Movie With The Book - ideas for your upper elementary classroom to make this activity more meaningful

My first year teaching – when I was constantly running on empty – I slipped several movie watching afternoons into my lesson plans. I defended this as educational, claiming that we were going to compare and contrast the book and movie. Now, we did actually spend some time comparing and contrasting the book with the movie, but this was still …

Free Christmas Activities

Free Christmas Activities for Upper Elementary - math and literacy activities that can be used around the holidays for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade.

Check out these free Christmas activities – a fun way to celebrate the holidays while still learning! These free resources have been created by a variety of teachers, not just me! When you subscribe to my newsletter below, I’ll send you my Reusable Sub Plans for FREE. You’ll also get updates on new blog posts and freebies. Click Here to …

Compare and Contrast Activity: Have Students Create Visuals

Have 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students create visuals to compare and contrast. Great for higher level thinking.

In this age of social media, where visuals are such an integral part of our life, teaching students how to CREATE effective visuals can be an important and relevant skill. Set students up for success in the 21st century by giving them opportunities to practice this! Having students create a visual that compares and contrasts two or more topics requires …

How to Scaffold Writing A Compare and Contrast Essay

How to Scaffold a Compare and Contrast Essay in 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade so students can be successful.

Writing is hard for upper elementary students. Writing a compare and contrast essay is even harder. A lot of times this gets pushed to the back burner, and we practice the skill of comparing and contrasting with things that are less frustrating and take less time – like the overused Venn Diagram. However, teaching students to compare and contrast topics …


Free Halloween Activities

Free Halloween Activities for Upper Elementary

What teacher doesn’t love the lack of self control we see every October around Halloween? Between the inevitable sugar high, the excitement of costumes and trick-or-treating, trying to teach upper elementary students around the end of October can seem like a hopeless cause. However, it is possible to take advantage of the excitement our students have towards Halloween. By planning …

A Point of View Lesson Using Comic Strips

Using Comic Strips to Practice Point of View: 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade students can use an easy online tool to create point of view comic strips!

For an engaging activity that also integrates technology, use MakeBeliefsComix in a point of view lesson. The video below explains how this online comic strip maker can be utilized when teaching point of view. Check out more point of view lessons and activities here. The text below does contain an affiliate link. If you choose to buy, I may be …


Using Wordle to Teach Main Idea

Teach Main Idea Using Wordle: A fun activity that integrates technology for 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade

I really struggled when I first began to teach main idea. It seemed like curriculums only provided one way to teach it – fill in a blank main idea graphic organizer. But there are other ways to teach main idea. The video below shows how you can use technology to help teach main idea and provide students with a visual …