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Do your students struggle with mastering long division? We've put together a list of strategies to help your students build basic skills that will prepare them for long division while getting the division steps down pat. This post includes videos, personal strategies, explicit teaching strategies, and tools to teach division (and related multiplication). Best of all, you can grab a free set of long division task cards to use for review, practise or assessment. Come take a read!
Are your students struggling with working in groups? Students do not innately know how to work in group situations, so we have to model, teach and practice group work. Come read our list of ways we teach students to work cooperatively and get some tools that can help make group work easier for everyone.
Asian Canadians have contributed to every facet of Canadian culture and society. Help your students explore some of these contributions as well as some of the racial discrimination they have faced in Canada by reading through this post. It comes with suggestions of books and resources that you can use any time of year, but highlight during Asian Heritage Month. Come take a read!
If you're like us, many of our students spend Ramadan fasting. Do you teach the rest of the class about some of the traditions during this important time? We created a set of reading and writing activities to help teach elementary students about this observance in the Islam faith along with resources like books you can use in your upper elementary classroom. Come learn more!
If you're looking for simple art projects for elementary art classes, this is the post for you. This is our collection of art lesson plans designed for generalist teachers who don't have a background in art. Come take a read and crab the lesson plans for some free art lessons for your upper elementary classroom.
Back to school doesn't have to be chaos. Come read through our list of things you can do in your personal life to help make your professional life run smoother during back to school season. These are our tried and true methods that we use every single summer. Come read and take care yourself this school year.
You don't have to spend your summer getting ready for back to school, but there are a few little things you can do to make your back to school season a little more organized. Come read this list of things you can get done before the school year starts so you can spend a little more of your time doing the things you love.
Are you looking for some simple (but great looking) art projects for back to school? We found some of our favourite and put them together with instructions in a blog post. They make great bulletin boards for meet the teacher and can help you get know your students while they work on them. Come read the post and get some great art ideas for your elementary classroom!
Instead of assigning homework for your upper elementary students, have you ever considered assigning quality time? Our school board doesn't allow homework in elementary but they do encourage other activities like reading, cooking and spending time outdoors. Come take a look at this list of alternative homework ideas and get a little inspiration.
Do you avoid giving your upper elementary students projects because they don't seem to get them done? It's time to rethink how you keep students accountable during project based learning by reading some of the ways we keep on top of the projects. Pick up some tools that can help you and your students avoid unfinished projects or learn when it's time to move on from a project. Project based learning requires so many different skills, but it is so worth the time. Come read!
Are you looking for books to bring into your upper elementary classroom to learn about and celebrate Ramadan and Eid? We've collected a big list from our students and have put them in a list to share with you. Come take a look and get ideas for how you can diversify the books in your school library collection.
Some differences might be obvious to Canadians, but our American teacher friends might not know that Canadian schools are quite different. Come read this post to see some of the differences and even some of the similarities. You might think you already know the differences, but maybe there's more? And if you have more ideas, be sure to leave a comment so we can write another post.
Are you pulling out your hair because your students interrupt, move around while you're teaching or argue with each other? Instead of getting frustrated, try teaching some of these courtesies and general social behaviours. It will save you time, restore the calm and make you enjoy your students. Come take a read!
Do you share your students with another teacher? Are you sharing a room with another teacher and it's not going smoothly? Come learn some of the pitfalls and how to overcome them when you are team teaching from two teachers that have shared a classroom for years. You don't have to suffer through it. Instead, become a team teaching hero!
Valentine's Day in upper elementary isn't quite the same as the little kids or the older ones. It's this weird time in a kid's life where they are too old to care about paper cards but also want to be included in getting paper cards. They are just starting to have crushes but the maturity level is all over the place. We've spent a lot of time watching our Valentine's Day ideas flop. Come read some of our students' approved Valentine's Day ideas.
Pink Shirt Day started in Canada and has spread it's anti-bullying message around the world. Come learn about the origins of Pink Shirt Day and find resources you can use in your upper elementary classroom. We've put together this blog post for teachers like you who are trying to teach bullying prevention. Come read!
Are you looking for some ways to remind your students about what it means to be kind? We collected all the ideas we've used to help students learn how to be kind to each other. It includes a kindness challenge that you can grab for free and use any time of year. Come read the blog post and get some ideas for your upper elementary classroom.
Are you looking for a simple but beautiful Valentine's Day art project? Make these Love Trees. All the instructions can be found in our blog post, so come take a read. We make these in our grade four and grade five art classes and nobody needs to know much about art to make them beautiful. Happy Valentine's Day!
Teachers are always told that the key to classroom management is to build relationships with the students in your classroom, but quite often we're not told how. This blog post is full of ideas that will help you foster healthy relationships with your students, making the time you spend with student productive. Come read!