Children can more easily solve subtraction problems if they imagine a context for the problems in question. Helping students understand math beyond an algorithm that must be memorized opens up their imagination to the world of living mathematics.
This article reviews a subtraction strategy that provides children with an understanding of basic approaches to calculating subtraction problems by using what they already feel comfortable doing — addition.
This activity helps children realize that in order to fulfill their dreams, they must set goals and have self-discipline to achieve those goals, and thus, their dreams. I use this lesson plan in the fifth grade, however, it can easily be adapted for third or fourth grade students as well.
Assessing your students in a literature circle can be tricky. Here are the steps I take to observe the book group and the rubric I use to grade the students.
Living your life in a way that leads to true happiness is a lesson that the Beatitudes gives us. Teaching this concept and its meaning to children can be done using arts and crafts in a visual way.
This is a simple yet effective lesson designed to enhance the cooperative/teamwork skills among intermediate level students on the higher elementary grades. It’s easy and fun, the students really enjoy it, and the entire class will
This lesson walks you through how you can use the core subjects you already teach as the springboard to introducing biographical sketch writing to your fifth grade classroom.
This lesson plan builds on the concept of a strong student-centered community in the classroom. It is designed to build cooperation and teamwork among students by using a shared experience from which they have a written conversation.
This is a lesson on how to incorporate story frames into your writing program. This will help your students to structure their fiction writing.
Give children an opportunity to visit and take pictures of a real ecosystem at work and then create a mural with captions to brighten and enlighten the classroom or school hall.
Get your students involved by starting a classroom newspaper that is distributed to on the school website.
This is a lesson that explains how to initiate interest in a self-guided project related to a unit on ecosystems. By allowing children to discuss and select their own organisms and decide on a type of project you can make sure they are more invested than they would be if you chose something.
I will share how I approach the start my course of study on ecosystems with a fifth grade class.
Once you’ve decided you want to establish book clubs in your elementary classroom, you next need to use whole group book study to model various reading responses. This prepares your students to take on the responsibility of appropriately managing smaller book groups based on reading interests.
The foundation of a good classroom writing program is one where children are involved in the writing process on a daily basis. Get tips for setting up an effective writer’s workshop.
This heartfelt book by the author of Sarah Plain and Tall is a good story for a classroom read aloud or for book group studies. Here we discuss the relative merits of the book, how it helps teach about mortality and the impact such tragedy has on people’s lives.