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We tell our students that equivalent means equal, but do they really know what equal means? Do they know that equal means the same amount,

Get ideas for teaching theme using close reading strategies. You’ll get a step-by-step breakdown of a lesson I’ve used with great success!

Interactive notebooks are the new rage (and they should be, they’re awesome!). However, as all fun activities, it can easily get out of hand and

I discovered The Giver by Lois Lowry at my school library when I was in fifth grade and fell in love. My first year teaching,

Check out this free list of brain breaks for kids that you can do in your upper elementary classroom. Refresh their brains with easy and fun brain breaks!

Every year there’s a teacher or two that I watch leaving school at 6 PM lugging home an entire cart full of papers to grade.