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30 Creative Options for Flexible Seating on a Budget

Flexible seating on a budget . . . does it really exist? When it comes to outfitting your classroom with flexible seating, there are lots of options available - but
Science of Reading Activities

15 Useful Science of Reading Activities for Upper Elementary

Science of reading activities can be so helpful for students of all ages. Reading is an essential skill to have in order to succeed in school and life. It’s not

How to Build Background Knowledge – 15 Helpful Ideas & Strategies

Teaching students how to build background knowledge is essential for their success in the classroom. With a strong foundation of facts and ideas, including prior knowledge, students can better understand
Benefits of Project Based Learning

5 Great Benefits of Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning (PBL) is becoming an increasingly popular teaching method in the classroom these days - and for good reason! Not only does it create an engaging learning environment,
Early Finisher Ideas

20 Early Finisher Activities That Your Students Will Love

Are you looking for early finisher activities to keep your students engaged and productive when they complete their work early? Look no further! Here are 20 early finisher activities that
Fun Valentine's Day Classroom Ideas

25 Fun Valentine’s Day Classroom Ideas

Looking for some fun Valentine's Day classroom ideas? The search is over! Valentine's Day is a great opportunity for teachers to bring some extra fun and excitement into their classrooms.
I Have a Dream Activities

6 Engaging I Have a Dream Activities

I Have a Dream activities are a wonderful way to help upper elementary and younger students learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and his famous speech that has

Free Close Reading Passages for 4th and 5th Graders

Whether you are already using close reading strategies in your own upper elementary classroom or not, you’ll love using free close reading passages like The History of the Chocolate Chip

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