Beginning in third grade, students are starting to learn more challenging curriculum, but that doesn’t mean teaching and learning during these critical elementary school years has to stop being fun! While standardized assessment tests given during fourth or fifth grade makes core skills mastery a must, there are plenty of creative and interactive ways to reach and teach students, building a foundations skill set they will use throughout the higher grades. These lesson plans, worksheets and thematic units use creativity and imagination to engage students, and they are all written by educators and have been tested and tried in elementary classrooms throughout the US. Visit Bright Hub Education today and help us continue to build a strong, educational resource on the Web.
Do you hear moans and whines when you tell your students to round their answers to significant digits? When you teach the subject do you get at least one student asking, “why do we have to learn this?” If this sounds like you, read on. I will give you a mini-lesson plan that will help…
Here are elementary writing prompts ideas for the classroom. Help your students’ writing by displaying a monthly word bank in your room. The monthly word bank is great for teaching high-frequency spelling and vocabulary while also providing writing prompts ideas.
The classic nursery rhyme, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” is the focus of this lesson plan on early reading skills. By repetitive reading, learning new vocabulary, word families and plenty of practice, young readers will be reading this nursery rhyme independently by the end of the week.
In our second lesson plan in our Community Helper Curriculum Unit we will introduce The Baker. Plenty of educational material is included with this lesson plan including worksheets, crafts, songs, and even recipes!
Here we will teach children what the Police Officer does and how his job affects all of us. We will review some safety issues from the firefighter lesson and intertwine new themes, worksheets, book lists, and resources.
Fifth grade students should begin to practice their research skills. They should also be pretty familiar with computers and the Internet. To make research more fun you can use famous holidays such as Thanksgiving as the basis of research projects like this one.
The Program “Drop Everything and Read” is a valuable component to the elementary classroom. Don’t make it the activity you squeeze in, only if you have time. Rather, take a hard look at curriculum requirements, and make independent reading the priority in the classroom it should be.
Break away from expensive, one-size-fits-all curricula and incorporate tradebooks into your reading instruction utilizing book clubs and reading groups. Most of your students will enjoy breaking away from the traditional textbook and giving voice to their opinions about popular books.
Here you will find successful open house ideas for the primary classroom including a lesson activity using the book Ten Black Dots, by Donald Crews, making invitations, a math estimation activity, how to use students as classroom tour guides and professional advice for a successful open house.
In my experience, your school year will go much smoother if you begin the year focused on building community in your classroom. The following ideas can be implemented at any time, but will probably work best in the first months of the school year.
Summer is by far most kids favorite time of year. No school, no homework, fewer rules, vacations….a time that memories are made. This lesson plans will give students closure on their summers and give the teacher a unique insight into her students early on in the school year.
“A Lion to Guard Us”, by Clyde Robert Bulla, is a great book that is perfect for students in fourth to fifth grade. This literature unit has critical thinking questions, ideas for reading and writing, and crosses in to other subject areas, including social studies, math and art.
Students can add and subtract decimal numbers using manipulatives such as base-ten blocks and cheese cubes. If you are looking for ideas to teach your students addition and subtraction then give this fun lesson plan a try.