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Test Prep in Upper Elementary: The 30 Day Plan

Test prep in upper elementary is a necessary part of the educational process, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun, or that it needs to look the same every day. When I was teaching upper elementary, we tried to allot 15-30 minutes every day for test prep or

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Unexpected Places to Find Inspiration for the Classroom

Take your creativity to a new level with these five new and unexpected places to find inspiration for your classroom. Teachers are creatures of habit and, admittedly that isn’t surprising since teachers often do the same activities and lessons over and over. Whether you are an elementary school teacher who

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U-KNOW ‘War’ Activities for Upper Elementary

If you are wanting to spice up those U-KNOW review games, this game of U-KNOW ‘War’ may be exactly the thing to keep your students engaged! What is your favorite card game? Many of us have that one memory of playing a card game with grandparents or sitting up late

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3 Ways to Use this Figurative Language Holiday Craftivity

Whether you are into the holidays or not, this Figurative Language Holiday Craftivity will provide a fun, engaging, and educational opportunity for filling your classroom or home with holiday spirit this year. We always love when student crafts can help us decorate our rooms or bring joy to others, and

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Differentiation Made Easy

Differentiation Made Easy for Upper Elementary

One common challenge teachers collectively face is differentiation.  It is a bit of a conundrum, this thing called differentiation, because although most teachers don’t like it, we all recognize the need for it and fully appreciate it when it is done well. Differentiation is not bad…it is just difficult and

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