Reading books aloud is just as important in fifth grade as it is in earlier years. Fifth graders still need to experience listening to a fluent reader on a regular basis to help improve their own reading skills. To help you choose the perfect read aloud books for your class, I've put together a ... Read More about Favorite 5th Grade Books to Read Aloud
Using fun reading websites can be a big motivator for students during reading centers. Students love practicing reading skills online since it often feels like fun instead of work. You'll love that many of these reading websites make it easy for teachers to set up and let them run themselves. I've ... Read More about FREE Websites for Reading Centers in Upper Elementary
Christmas is one of my favorite times to teach. I especially love sharing holiday picture books with my students. The challenge, though, is that by 4th or 5th grade, many of them have already read all of the classic Christmas favorites. Don't get me wrong, I love The Polar Express and How the ... Read More about Holiday Read Alouds for Big Kids
Scheduling is always one of the hardest parts of getting small groups and centers up and running. Whether it's speech, an intervention, gifted classes, or special education services, as important as all of these pull out programs are, they do make it tough to find a time to meet with all of your ... Read More about How to schedule small groups without losing your mind!
You don't have to do anything elaborate to bring some Halloween fun to your classroom. Sometimes we forget that simple things can really make a difference to our students. Here are some easy ways to incorporate a little Halloween into your week and still stick to your grade level content. Because ... Read More about Easy Halloween Ideas for Upper Elementary