Animal Classification Activities for the Upper Elementary Classroom

Is a dolphin a fish? What type of animal is a cardinal? These are the types of questions students will learn to answer while studying…

Math Warm-Ups that Boost Number Sense: 3 Types of Puzzles to …

You announce that it’s time for math. You hear grumbling. Sadly, by the time students arrive in our upper elementary classes, many have already decided…

3 Levels of Reading Comprehension That Help Students Succeed

As upper elementary students delve into more complex texts, they need help developing reading comprehension skills. When students enter my upper elementary classroom, most of…

Place Value Activities for Upper Elementary

What is place value and why is it important? Place value is the foundation for understanding numbers. Without a solid understanding of the value of…

The Best Classroom Pets: Fun Alternatives Students Will Love

When students walk into a classroom and see a pet, their eyes light up. Not only are the best classroom pets engaging and fun, but…

How to Play Fraction War

Using everyday playing cards, your students can learn how to compare fractions, while also playing a fun, competitive game! To begin playing Fraction War, partner…

What to Do with Students at the End of the …

If you’re wondering what to do with students at the end of the year, then look no further. This post is full of grab-and-go resources…

Transition Time Activity for Upper Elementary: Mental Clue

The game of Mental Clue is a terrific transition time activity for upper elementary students. It provides a fun challenge for students while also being…

How Do You Incubate Eggs in the Classroom?

When you incubate eggs in the classroom for the first time, it can seem very overwhelming, but this post and guide will help you overcome…

5 Ways to Visualize Fractions

Use these 5 ways to visualize fractions to show your students how fractions work with tangible examples. Fractions are hard. They are! As we begin…