Read more about the article 6 Great Activities for Encouraging Collaboration in All Content Areas
There are so many great ways to encourage collaboration in upper elementary.

6 Great Activities for Encouraging Collaboration in All Content Areas

There are so many great ways to encourage collaboration in upper elementary. Introduction There are so many creative ways to encourage collaboration in your upper elementary classroom. I hope the six collaboration ideas I include in this post inspire you. In short, they are: Using text dependent task cards and…

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Studying Novels

When I first started teaching, I taught littles - three-year-olds, kindergartners, and first graders. Picture books were my jam. I used picture books to teach everything. Some of my favorite authors were (and, honestly still are) Maurice Sendak, Vera B Williams, Ezra Jack Keats, Kevin Henkes, William Steig, Leo Lionni, Bill Martin, Jr., Eric Carle, and Audrey Wood. I…

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Connecting with Wringer on a Personal Level

How I Connect with Wringer on a Personal Level

If you're a teacher, you are currently teaching a Dorothy (someone who is being tormented mercilessly, yet is forging on), a Beans (a bully), a Mutto and a Henry (bystanders), and a Palmer (someone who just wants to be accepted and is confused and hurting in his own way). I have found that reading Wringer aloud to my whole class (sometimes 2 or 3 classes depending on the year) is a great way to broach and discuss these painful coming-of-age topics. The bonus is that in all of my years as a fifth grade teacher, I have never taught a student who has read it! It makes for a great read aloud experience filled with surprises.

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