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Contractions Activities for Upper Elementary

Can your students still use some help with contractions? These contractions activities for upper elementary students will help them master the skill.

Do some of your students still struggle when it comes to writing contractions in their own writing? Contractions are taught in the early grades, but for some reason, that sneaky apostrophe seems to confuse many 4th and 5th graders. It could possibly be because once it's taught in the early grades, it isn't revisited. It's a good idea to do some explicit teaching in the upper grades of when to use the apostrophe and where to properly place it in a contraction. Here you will find some quick, engaging, and effective contractions activities for upper elementary students.

Earth Day Activities for Upper Elementary Kids

Searching for some Earth Day activities for upper elementary kids? Here are some engaging ideas for 4th and 5th graders.


Children are the future and helping them learn how to care for the world is so important. There are so many engaging Earth Day activities for upper elementary kids you can implement in your classroom to educate them on the problems our planet is facing. Taking some time to allow them to learn about them, learn about solutions, and problem solve themselves is important. Here are a few engaging Earth Day activities for 4th and 5th graders. 

Earth Day Books for Upper Elementary

Looking for Earth Day books for upper elementary? Check out this post for several books you can share with your 4th and 5th grade students.

Sharing picture books and read alouds are a quick, efficient, and fun way to educate students on different topics including topics related to Earth Day. Here are a few Earth Day books for upper elementary students that you can read aloud this April that cover topics such as trees & forests, recycling, oceans & water, climate change, and endangered habitats. 

Many of these books are true stories of inspirational people who made a difference. The theme incorporated in many of these selections is great to show students that it only takes one person to start a movement.

St. Patrick's Day Activities for Upper Elementary

In search of ELA St. Patrick's Day Activities for Upper Elementary students? Here are 5 activities that will engage them while covering the standards.

St. Patrick's Day brings lots of joy to students. They love dressing in green to avoid 'getting pinched' and enjoy hearing about the mischievous leprechauns. Here are some St. Patrick's Day activities for upper elementary students that are not only engaging but also align to the standards.

St. Patrick's Day Books for Upper Elementary

Are you looking for St. atricks's Day Books you can share with your upper elementary students? Here is a list of 7 engaging and meaningful books.


Picture books and read alouds are a great way to educate students on different holidays and St. Patrick's Day is a perfect day to share silly stories, funny limericks, and historical picture books. Here are a few St. Patrick's Day books for upper elementary students that you can read aloud this March.