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Must Haves for Upper Elementary

3 Unexpected Ways to Use Task Cards

Task cards remind me a lot of cards from the board game Trivial Pursuit. Each card has a task or question on it, and the task cards can be used in a variety of ways. Let’s be honest, if you have been teaching elementary school for a while, you are

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Teaching Text Structures: Helpful Hacks

Learning text structures helps students begin the process of analyzing information and questioning the purpose of the texts they read. As students get older, knowing their text structures allows them to determine the goal of the writer and decide whether a text is appropriate for their tasks. (i.e., a research

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How to Digitize Worksheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Everywhere you look, new digital resources are springing up. Sometimes you don’t need new resources. You just need to give your old resources a digital sprucing up. Use this step-by-step guide to learn how to digitize worksheets you already have in your classroom toolbox. If you’ve been wondering how resource

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8 Ways to Practice Math Facts

Math Facts: 8 Ways to Practice

Now, maybe I’m dating myself here, but do you remember the old days when practicing math facts was all about the teacher holding up flashcards and doing daily timed worksheets (sometimes on colored paper!)? Some of us look back on those days and appreciate the simplicity of the redundant exercises.

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Thanksgiving-Themed Activities for Fall Break Week

Fall Break week is both awkward and a total relief. Awkward because a Thursday Thanksgiving holiday means that the week only has two or three days in it, and relief because it represents the end of the drought that is October in the classroom.  Many teachers and students haven’t had

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40 Figurative Language Examples for Upper Elementary

If you’d rather watch paint dry than come up with figurative language examples and activities, give your brain a break because this post will leave you feeling like a kid in a candy store! This blog post contains 40 figurative language examples that will make you cheer like a teacher

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Close Reads with Mystery Pictures are going DIGITAL!!

Close reads have just gotten trendier. In true 2020 fashion, the Close Reading resources with Mystery Pictures that you know and love are now going digital! Close reading strategies are taught to help students explore a text more deeply by digging into the text multiple times, but these aren’t just

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Place Value Resource Round Up

There are few certainties in the world these days, but one thing I know for sure is that if you teach upper-elementary math, you are going to be teaching place value this year and you are going to need place value resources. I also know that if you teach 5th

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