Back to School Writing Ideas and Activities
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by kalena.baker@live.com
6d ago
Looking for some engaging upper elementary writing ideas for those first few days and weeks of school? These back to school writing activities and prompts are great for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. 1. Back to School Opinion Writing Prompts Your upper elementary students will need plenty of practice with opinion writing this year, so why not start practicing the first week of school and get a writing sample? There are a lot of fun back to school opinion writing prompts you can use that students will love.  2. Procedures and Routines Rewrite Those first few weeks of school, stude ..read more
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7 Get to Know You Ideas for Back to School
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by kalena.baker@live.com
2w ago
The get to know you activities below are great for that first week of school when you want to get to know your new 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and you also want your students to get to know each other. Use one or more of these back to school ideas to help start the year off right in upper elementary! Get to Know You Activities for Upper Elementary 1. Interview A Friend This fun back to school activity helps students get to know each other better while also practicing listening, speaking, and interviewing skills. Simply partner students up and have them ask each other questions while re ..read more
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Back to School Opinion Writing Prompts
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by kalena.baker@live.com
2w ago
Back to school season offers opportunities for some engaging opinion writing and is a great way to collect a writing sample from your new 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Use the back to school opinion writing prompts below as inspiration. If you find that your upper elementary students are lacking some opinion writing skills, these opinion writing tips and paragraph frames can help provide scaffolding.  1. MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTER TRAIT Start the year off by having students think about what character traits they like in others. You can have students think about this in a general ..read more
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Compare and Contrast Writing Prompts and Essay Topics
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by kalena.baker@live.com
1M ago
The compare and contrast writing prompt ideas below will help keep your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students engaged with essay writing. Topic ideas for comparing and contrasting are endless, but some prompts appeal to upper elementary students more than others. Below, you'll find general writing prompt ideas that can be used at any time and do not require much additional background knowledge outside of what your students already know. There are also writing prompt ideas to help you integrate compare and contrast essay writing with ELA, social studies, science, and math topics. If your students ..read more
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Fiction Vs. Nonfiction Activity Ideas for Upper Elementary
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by kalena.baker@live.com
1M ago
If you are teaching the difference between fiction and nonfiction to your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students soon, then check out the activity ideas below! The ideas below will help you engage your upper elementary students and help them think more critically about fiction vs nonfiction. Looking to minimize your prep time while keeping your students engaged? These No Prep Fiction Vs. Nonfiction Activities are just the thing. Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction Lessons & Activity Ideas Create a Fiction and Nonfiction Anchor Chart Understanding the difference between fiction and nonfiction ..read more
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Distinguishing Fact and Opinion – Examples for Lesson Plans
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by kalena.baker@live.com
2M ago
One of the best ways to introduce 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to fact and opinion is by providing them with plenty of examples.  Use the examples below to help you make upper elementary lesson plans. Then, give students extra practice with one of these fact and opinion activity ideas.  An often overlooked aspect of fact and opinion is understanding the difference between facts and false statements. There are also examples of facts and false statements below to help deepen your students' understanding of facts. Examples of Facts and Opinions Providing examples of a fact and ..read more
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The Great Kapok Tree Read Aloud – Questions and Activity Ideas
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by kalena.baker@live.com
3M ago
The Great Kapok Tree is a compelling story that teaches about the importance of protecting the environment, particularly the rainforest. It makes a great 3rd, 4th, or 5th read aloud for Earth Day - or any time of year. Below, find questions and activity ideas to use in your upper elementary lesson plans when reading Lynne Cherry's The Great Kapok Tree. Summary of the Read Aloud The Great Kapok Tree A man tires himself as he tries to chop down a kapok tree in the Amazon Rainforest. He falls asleep at the foot of the tree. As he sleeps, different rainforest animals and one indigenous child ..read more
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7 Examples of Figurative Language in Poetry
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by kalena.baker@live.com
3M ago
Poems are full of figurative language examples, but both figurative language and poetry can be intimidating topics for 3rd, 4th, and 5th students. Ease them into figurative language in poetry with the kid-friendly examples below. After sharing these examples, use one of these figurative language activity ideas to complete your lesson. Or, spend less time on your poetry lesson plans with these ideas.  Examples of Figurative Language in Poems for Upper Elementary Kids O Wind, Why Do You Never Rest O wind, why do you never rest Wandering, whistling to and fro, Bringing rain out of the ..read more
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A Letter From Your Teacher on the Last Day of School Read Aloud Activities
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by kalena.baker@live.com
3M ago
A Letter From Your Teacher on the Last Day of School is a sweet story that helps 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classrooms reflect on and celebrate the school year. This rhyming book from the teacher's perspective reminds students of what all they accomplished during the school year, lets them know they will be missed, and offers encouragement for the upcoming school year. Below, find questions and activity ideas to use in your upper elementary grade lesson plans when reading A Letter From Your Teacher on the Last Day of School.  Summary of the Read Aloud A Letter From Your Teacher on the L ..read more
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End of Year Opinion Writing Prompts for Reflection
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by kalena.baker@live.com
3M ago
The end of the year offers opportunities for some engaging opinion writing! Have 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students reflect on the school year while practicing their writing skills. Use the EOY opinion writing prompts below as inspiration. If your students are still struggling with opinion writing, then these opinion writing tips and paragraph frames can help provide scaffolding.  1. FAVORITE MEMORY Have upper elementary students reflect on the school year and think about their favorite memory. Then, they can share their opinion on it, explaining why it was their favorite. Combine th ..read more
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