We LOVE Polar Express Day in our classroom. Even in upper elementary you can take this week and engage your students in rigorous content! Setting Up for the Week You don't have to decorate your classroom to make this week memorable, but it doesn't hurt! First, I set up a train in my classroom. All I did was put my tables in a long row and line my table with black paper. Then, I cut out a red and yellow circle and a black steam/smoker! Then, you have to tape it to a ruler unless you ... Read More about Polar Express Day
This is the easiest Christmas Tree you will ever make! All you have to do is give your students one square green piece of paper. Make sure it is square! 12 x 12 would be best! Then, they fold in half and cut until they have 4 triangles! When they are one they glue the triangles from greatest to least! After that you can decorate! (feel free to just show them the video to do it in your classroom) Academic ways to use this: 1. Have the students write a vocabulary word from the Polar Express ... Read More about A Quick and Easy Christmas Tree!
For the longest time I struggled with how to make sure that I had meaningful interventions in my classroom. I wanted them to be organized and I wanted them to be purposeful. Now, I feel like I am an intervention pro! I get through 10 students with 10 different interventions and I feel like I successfully meet their goals each week. Go through these quick steps to create meaningful interventions!1. Create a Quick, Easy, and Cute Documentation FormFor me, I use Mrs. D's corner free ... Read More about 5 Tips for Interventions in the Classroom
Tracking goals has become a huge part of my classroom this year. Students have proven that they are more intrinsically motivated when they set goals for themselves and attempt to reach them. We set goals for everything and so far it has changed the look of my classroom. What is a goal binder? A goal binder is where we keep everything from our weekly goals to our data tracking sheets. We send it home each week so parents can see how kids are improving and the goals they are working ... Read More about Empower Students with a Goal Binder
When I was planning word work for my kiddos, I was struggling to find things that were upper elementary. I wanted students to practice their vocabulary words while thinking and analyzing each word. My other goal was to have my students completely independent. I have learned that to create completely independent children in daily 5 you need to have it overly organized and teach them well. My organization of daily 5 comes in the form of my favorite 10 drawer orginizer. Each drawer has a ... Read More about Word Work for Upper Elementary