Teaching new writers how to gather evidence and plan for text-based writing can be challenging. Transitioning them over to actually writing the essay where they must weave those ideas into a well developed and organized essay is just as big of a task. Below, are some ways you can use opinion writing anchor charts to give 4th and 5th grade students tangible examples of how to make their writing focused, well-supported, and engaging.
Have you ever read a book with your students when suddenly an idiom shows up and someone asks, "What does that mean?" Idioms without the proper context clues can be really difficult to understand especially for nonnative English speakers. This is why teaching them the most popular idioms for kids is important. Not sure where to start? Here a few idiom activities that will make teaching idioms a piece of cake.
Happy New Year, my Co-Teacher! As we get ready to head back into the classroom, here are some fun New Year classroom activities you can do with your upper elementary students.
Introducing grammar lessons with picture books that teach grammar skills is an excellent way to engage your upper elementary students and set the stage to engage them. Fortunately, many authors have realized the importance of incorporating picture books into lessons, and they have written some fun books that explicitly explain parts of speech and grammar rules within the text.
Here are a list of picture books you can use at the start of your lessons as you teach nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech to your 4th and 5th graders.
Singular and plural nouns are first introduced in kindergarten and first grade, but if you are an upper elementary teacher, you know that plural nouns can pose challenges for many 4th and 5th grade writers. Reviewing the plural nouns rules and referring back to them throughout the year is not just important, it's necessary.
This post will provide you with several ideas, activities, and resources to make these lessons not only engaging but will help them remember the rules.