Holidays should still be fun when kids reach 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade! I wanted my kids to love Valentine's Day week, but I also wanted them to learn and practice during our reading block. Here are my five tips for making Valentine's Day fun and rigorous in your upper elementary reading class! Read lots of great books! Reading picture books are essential for children's learning, even in the upper elementary grade levels! My favorite "love" themed books are shown below! Click on the book to ... Read More about Valentine’s Day Reading Activities for Upper Elementary
When I plan for my third graders I focus on making sure that they are engaged, making sure that they love to read, and making sure that they are learning! Although, my focus is on fun engaging content I do know that students need to pass these not so fun and engaging tests. I know the importance of close reading, but I didn't want to spend most of my reading period going over it. I decided I would rather have the students read a SHORT paragraph each day and analyze that paragraph. They ... Read More about The Importance of Paragraph of the Day
Every year I LOVE doing a themed camping week! Camping in the classroom is such a great way to get kids engaged and enjoy learning, but also can make for great rigorous learning! My kids love getting to experience life as a camping expert! Camping in the Classroom Decor First I start with decorating the classroom! I do not mention camping week to my kiddos at all until they walk into the room! They get so excited to see everything all decorated. Do you need to decorate? No! The activities are ... Read More about Camping in the Classroom for Upper Elementary!
I am going to give you a quick look around my new room! Throughout the room there will be many freebies, products, and affiliate links for things I use in my classroom! Feel free to recreate any of the ideas!I put my desk up against the wall in my teaching area! I always add a banner with my name (my banner is located here). I also have a weird bulletin board behind my desk, so I used my circuit to cut out "Love for Mrs. Wilde", this is where I will place all my letters and pictures from ... Read More about Classroom Reveal 2017-2018
Often times people ask me how my schedule looks in 3rd grade, today I am going to share it with you! A quick note: Our day does not go perfect everyday, but we work hard to keep this schedule each day! Our morning routine looks like this.. Enter the classroom, empty folder, check in, use the restroom Start morning tubs When the bell rings, clean up quickly and get out your writing notebook Write on the days prompt while the teacher finishes up last minute items After ... Read More about A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grade Classroom!