Learn the benefits of poetry workshop in your upper elementary classroom & how you can make it work. Great to integrate reading and writing into each day. This teacher gives examples to use, resources to try, great examples, and more! Click through to see if you can make this work with your 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or homeschool students. Make your poem unit last the entire year. {third, fourth, fifth, or sixth grader}

Learn the benefits of poetry workshop in your upper elementary classroom & how you can make it work. Great to integrate reading and writing into each day. This teacher gives examples to use, resources to try, great examples, and more! Click through to see if you can make this work with your 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or homeschool students. Make your poem unit last the entire year. {third, fourth, fifth, or sixth grader}

By the time students reach middle school and especially high school, there is this assumption that students know how to write. They have, after all, been doing it for five, six, seven, eight years, right? Wrong. Writing must be explicitly taught; it's not something to which students will just catch on.

Common Core Writing: Writing is Taught, Not "Caught"

By the time students reach middle school and especially high school, there is this assumption that students know how to write. They have, after all, been doing it for five, six, seven, eight years, right? Wrong. Writing must be explicitly taught; it's not something to which students will just catch on.

Fidget Spinners in the classroom driving you crazy? Try these high-interest activities, STEM challenges, and learn how to take a trend and turn it into a math and science lesson students will love. Includes a FREE download activity and printables for using fidget spinners in the classroom.

Fidget Spinners in the Classroom STEM Project

Fidget Spinners in the classroom driving you crazy? Try these high-interest activities, STEM challenges, and learn how to take a trend and turn it into a math and science lesson students will love. Includes a FREE download activity and printables for using fidget spinners in the classroom.

Writing argument essays can be a challenge for middle school and even high school students. Lack of quality information written at students' reading levels and access to technology to find that information are just two of the barriers. Try using text sets (provided readings) as you help your students craft their argument writing skills.

Common Core Writing: Argument Writing

Writing argument essays can be a challenge for middle school and even high school students. Lack of quality information written at students' reading levels and access to technology to find that information are just two of the barriers. Try using text sets (provided readings) as you help your students craft their argument writing skills.

I’ve come up with a simple chore chart that will help my kids understand what I am expecting, step-by-step. PAINT CHIP CHORE CHART is simple and free

I’ve come up with a simple chore chart that will help my kids understand what I am expecting, step-by-step. PAINT CHIP CHORE CHART is simple and free

FREE Topic Sentences Activity! I wrote eight short paragraphs and taped them each to a bag. Then, groups went around the room and wrote topic sentences for each of the paragraphs. They put their sentences in the bags, and later we pulled them out and read the huge variety of topic sentences that they had written. It was a super successful lesson, and it connected well with our main idea reading skill, too!

Topic Sentences

FREE Topic Sentences Activity! I wrote eight short paragraphs and taped them each to a bag. Then, groups went around the room and wrote topic sentences for each of the paragraphs. They put their sentences in the bags, and later we pulled them out and read the huge variety of topic sentences that they had written. It was a super successful lesson, and it connected well with our main idea reading skill, too!

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