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Reimagining Close Reads in Upper Elementary

At Fun in 5th Grade, we are always reimagining close reads whether it is with mystery pictures, new monthly close read sets, or with new implementation strategies. Today we are adding a little ‘spice’ to classroom implementation. One of the best analogies I’ve ever heard regarding close reading is that

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End of Year Activities: Memory Books for Upper Elementary

When looking for end of the year activities, make the experience special for both students and parents with these memory books for upper elementary classes. Do you hear that? Listen carefully! That is the sound of thousands of mothers wailing at once, but why are they crying? Well, it’s graduation

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How to Save Google Slides as a PowerPoint

We’ve got folders full of Google Slides resources, but our students don’t have Google accounts. We’ll teach you how to save Google Slides as a PowerPoint for classroom use. It seems like the whole world has gone gaga for Google, but let’s be honest, Google’s not for everybody, and sometimes

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How to Organize an Elementary Math Block

Here’s an equation for you… ES + x – y + 5(z)= A Great Day in Elementary Math If the ES=Elementary Students, what do you think the ‘x’ and ‘y’ and ‘z’ represent?  Maybe…  x=Coffee  y=A Broken Copier  z=Classroom Associates Elementary Students + Coffee – A Broken Copier + 5

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Math Center Ideas for Upper Elementary

Bring peace to your day with these math center ideas for upper elementary. Take a moment to imagine the perfect moment in your math class. Live in that moment. Let your mind work its way around your classroom and observe your students.  First, you see yourself. You are working with

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Make Any Content into a Game

It is our mission to turn as much classroom content into a game as possible! There is little else more satisfying than beating someone at a board game. It doesn’t matter if it’s Candyland, Monopoly, or Settlers of Catan, a good board game puts my heart in a happy place.

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5 Ways to Teach Kids How to Care for the Earth

Earth day is coming up, and with all the crazy weather patterns we have had this year, taking care of our Earth has never felt more important. As young kids, our elementary-age students can make an awesome, ongoing impact on their home planet if they are taught to honor and

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Digital Stickers to Motivate and Engage

When did digital stickers become a staple in our classrooms? We use them to express our pride in our students’ work. To motivate. To encourage. To improve the mood of the classroom. We use them to express gratitude and show appreciation. We use them to decorate, show personality, and generally

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Our Favorite Graphic Novels for the Classroom

You’ve gotta love a good graphic novel. The quick pace, fun images, and quirky dialogue make graphic novels incredibly engaging for both adults and kids.  After taking on the black sheep role in acceptable literature, graphic novels have made a fierce comeback. Now graphic novels are a staple in the

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