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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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Dollar Store

13 Items to Pick Up at the Dollar Store this Year!

There are very few things that bring me as much pleasure as spending some quality time in a dollar store. As I walk the aisles, my mind runs wild with all the possibilities about how these inexpensive items could be used to enhance my students’ classroom experiences. I decided recently

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Halloween Glow Games

Halloween Glow Games for Upper Elementary

Make your classroom activities even more spooky and silly this year with these Halloween glow games ideas. There is no better time than Halloween to bust out your glow sticks and invisible ink and do Halloween glow games with your upper elementary classes. Glow sticks, necklaces, and bracelets never seem

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Must-Haves for Upper Elementary

Top MUST-HAVES for Upper Elementary

This list of must-haves for upper elementary teachers is the perfect to-do list as you prepare for the new year. Teaching elementary is a hard job that takes highly organized and creative people to keep all those kids both learning and engaged each day. I am frequently in awe over

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4 Ways to Reuse and Repurpose U-KNOW Cards

4 Ways to Reuse and Repurpose U-Know Cards

If you are looking to get the most bang for your buck, check out these 4+ activities that reuse and repurpose U-Know cards! You know that you love U-Know cards, but what do you do with all of those cards that you’ve collected over the last several years? With over

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repurposing game show slides

Repurposing Game Show Slides

Check out these 4 unique activity suggestions for repurposing Game Show slides in your class! I love the idea of repurposing old resources into new activities. In previous posts, we’ve discussed unexpected ways to use task cards and how to reimagine close reads. Today, we are talking about repurposing all

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5 Reasons to Start the Year with close Reads

5 Reasons to Start the Year with Close Reads

Let’s dig into 5 reasons you should start the year with close reads in your upper elementary class. From learning processes to building community, these close reads are perfect for back-to-school! A new school year means a new class and a gaggle of new faces to learn and love. I

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How to make your classroom games last longer

How to Make Your Classroom Games Last Longer

Saving time in the future is all about the steps you take to protect your resources now! Use these tips to make your classroom games last longer no matter how many elementary students play them! How many card games and task cards do you have in your classroom right now?

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6 reasons to use digital resources

6 Reasons to Use Digital Resources in the Classroom

These 6 reasons to use digital resources in the classroom prove that a healthy blend of digital and physical resources in the classroom is key to good classroom management, helping reduce waste, and keeping kids engaged. We live in a digital world, and I am a digital girl… I know

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