# tstyles

## Using Context in Elementary Math to Help Students Subtract Whole Numbers

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.

## Teaching the ‘Breaking it Down’ Math Subtraction Strategy to Young Students

There are many ways to teach subtraction to young elementary students that do not require the memorization of an algorithm. This example uses a strategy of breaking the math problem down in ways students can more easily grasp, based on the fundamentals they already know.

## Teaching Students to Use Addition to Solve Subtraction Problems in Elementary Math

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.

## Reaching Your Goals: A Fifth Grade Lesson Plan on Self-Discipline

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.

## 5th Grade Literature Circle / Book Club Grading Rubric and Observation Notes

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.

## Self-Esteem Lesson Plan Using Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches

This is a lesson plan teachers can use to help develop self-esteem within their classroom communities. In addition to reading and discussing the book, the students will create posters that can then be displayed.

## An Arts & Crafts Lesson on the Beatitudes for Children

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.

## Building Blocks Team Building Lesson Plan for the Fifth Grade to Increase Cooperation in the Classroom

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

## A Review of the Movie Searching for Bobby Fisher for the Fifth Grade Classroom

This is a review of Searching for Bobby Fischer and why it makes a great selection for the intermediate classroom. I use it to complement a unit on character education.

## Teaching Fifth Grade Students How to Develop a Biographical Sketch

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.

## Build Teamwork in Your Classroom with Written ‘Silent’ Conversations

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.

## Lesson Plan on Using Story Frames with Fiction Writing for Fourth or Fifth Grade

This is a lesson on how to incorporate story frames into your writing program. This will help your students to structure their fiction writing.

## Learning from a Real Ecosystem: Take a Field Trip With Your Students & Create an Ecosystem Mural

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.

## Starting a Newspaper in your Elementary Class: Ideas for Writer’s Workshop & Running the Paper

Get your students involved by starting a classroom newspaper that is distributed to on the school website.

## Building Eco-columns for a Science Unit

Students will learn how to make a self-sustaining terrarium-aquarium that the children can use throughout the year to maintain and observe for powerful hands-on science

## Create Your Own Ecosystem: A Lesson & Self Guided Project for Elementary Students

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.

## Teaching Tips on How to Model Reading Responses for a Classroom Book Group

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.

## Successfully Creating a Writer’s Workshop for Fifth Grade Students

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.

## Edward’s Eyes Book Summary

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.