Teaching Economics in Upper Elementary

Teaching economics in upper elementary provides students with a strong foundation for understanding how money works and will help them make smart money choices as…

Teaching Poetry in Upper Elementary with a Guided Approach

One way to overcome the poetry mountain is by teaching poetry in upper elementary with a guided approach that includes examples and templates. I often…

3 Fun Activities for Teaching Multiplication with Arrays

If you are wanting to find a way to add some unexpected manipulatives to your math centers, check out these 3 fun activities for teaching…

Student Choice Book Report Ideas for Upper Elementary

Use these creative student choice book report ideas for upper elementary and done-for-you resources to provide a student choice book report unit in your classroom!…

Teaching States and Capitals (Creative Solutions to Common Problems)

In a world full of flashy, fun in 15 second bursts, spending weeks learning and teaching states and capitals may not sound like the most…

3 Ways to Introduce Cause and Effect through Signal Words

Use these activities to help your upper elementary students explore how signal words can be used to identify cause and effect relationships. Teaching cause and…

9 Reasons You Should Use Brain Teaser Puzzles in Your Classroom 

Consider these 9 reasons why brain teaser puzzles should have a place in your classroom as you make plans for your school year! Why are…

Plan for Parent-Teacher Conferences with these 3 Steps

This Glow and Grow strategy will be the perfect solution as you plan for parent-teacher conferences this year. Both teachers and administrators are always trying…

How to Organize Genius Hour

How do you organize Genius Hour in elementary classes? With all of those students and moving parts, it is hard to imagine that it could…

Explore Character Traits through Devising

Often when teaching about character traits, we focus on helping students to consume information, but we can help students take their understanding to the next…