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Test Prep for Upper Elementary (The 30-Day Plan) Image with a hand writing on a calendar near a computer

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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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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