We all live in communities and depend on community members for many reasons! But how can we teach our students about the importance of community? What types are there? What do they have in common? Find out in this unit of study, where students use their creativity and knowledge to explore concepts.
Verb lessons don’t have to be boring for your second graders! You can teach them about past tense verbs and get your students moving at the same time. In this activity, students will also write their own sentences in past tense.
Beverly Cleary is a beloved author of novels for young readers, and one favorite of many children is Socks. In the novel, Socks the cat is the narrator and learns what happens to a family when a baby is born. Improve comprehension with this book and ask questions using ideas from Bloom’s taxonomy.
In primary grades, students learn about rocks and minerals in more than one year. One fun, but often overdone activity, is to create a rock collection. Instead of doing this, why not hold a rock and mineral election? Students will be campaigning for their favorite rock and voting!
Many third graders are devouring chapter books and starting on middle grade novels for their own reading enjoyment. But don’t pack up all your picture books just yet. You can still use these old favorites to teach writing skills, math computations, or science and social studies concepts.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is a fun book for elementary students to read. They love the characters, especially Charlie, and the adventure through Willy Wonka’s factory. You can use this novel to teach character education lessons as well as comprehension skills.
Here are two lesson plans to use when reading The Ugly Duckling with primary students. The first is a reading lesson; and the second is a writing lesson. This beloved fairy tale can help students learn the importance of setting and characters and how to write a compare/contrast paragraph.
Forgiveness and reconciliation are two difficult concepts to teach elementary students, yet they are important for children to understand and use in their daily lives. How do you make lessons hard for adults even manageable for children? Use books and role playing to teach these concepts.
Children love to find the moon when it’s full and point it out when it’s a sliver. In elementary school, they learn why the moon looks different throughout the month and that this phenomenon is called “moon phases.” Here are some ideas to help students understand why the moon looks different.
Elementary kids, especially first graders, love elephants. With their massive size and long trunks, they are fascinating. To bring this love of animals into the classroom, try these projects using a variety of materials!
One of the first exciting things elementary students learn about numbers, besides counting, is that there are odd and even numbers. You can play games as a whole class or in pairs as well as provide online practice. Before long, students will easily label a number as odd or even.
This Newberry honor book written by George Selden and illustrated by Garth Williams is a popular middle-grade novel to read aloud in the classroom or to use as a literature study resource for lesson planning.
If you have worked hard and earned the title of valedictorian of your class, then you most likely have the honor of speaking at your graduation. Write an honest speech and present a positive outlook for the future to inspire your classmates at the celebration.
Mixed fractions, also known as mixed numbers, consist of a whole number and a fraction. When you subtract two mixed numbers, you may have to regroup to work the problem. This study guide will help you work these types of problems.
Adding and subtracting three-digit numbers is very similar to adding and subtracting two-digit numbers. You just have an extra place, the hundreds place, to work with. Here are the steps for both types of problems and some online resources where you can practice.
Here is a fun food art activity that is also a lesson in proper fractions and mixed numbers. You can let students create sugar cookie designs and then ask them fraction questions based on their designs. It’s a lesson that will change each time you do it, based on students’ creativity.
Knowing the difference between implicit and explicit facts in third grade may be a difficult concept for some students to master. They can participate in a few fun reading activities in order to learn this important skill.