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When Valentine's Day rolls around my students (and I) only have one thing on our minds... candy. I enjoy occasionally adding a sweet treat to my lessons to engage my students. This post shares a free Valentine's Day pictograph activity that combines math and conversation candy hearts. Can't use real candy in your lessons? Click here to check out a digital math activity ... Read More

Solving constructed response math tasks can be tricky for students. To help my students, we practiced this all year with different skills we are learning. The post shares more information about constructed response math questions and a few free 4th & 5th grade tasks with a winter theme that you can use to sneak in some extra practice with a relevant seasonal ... Read More

Are you wanting an activity that will boost your 4th and 5th grade students' vocabulary and morphology skills? Having a morphology word of the day routine is a great way to engage students and increase morphology and vocabulary skills. Read more about this morphology activity and grab free templates on this post. Morphology of the Day Routine There are many ways to ... Read More

I remember being shocked (and more than a little frustrated) when I realized my fifth graders couldn’t restate questions in complete sentences... even simple questions. On the spot, I had to pivot my lesson. If your students struggle with restating questions, this post will share the tips and strategies I have learned and put in place that helped my students. Tip #1: ... Read More

During those first few months following the holidays, teachers and students can find themselves stuck in the winter blues. When February 2nd rolls around, I am always excited to implement a few easy-to-use activities for Groundhog Day to spice things up a bit in the classroom. This post will share free Groundhog Day activities for reading skills and comprehension. ... Read More

Are you looking for fun and engaging ways to celebrate the 100th day of school with your 4th and 5th grade students?  As the years go on, the magic and fun of school slowly goes away for some students. However, 4th and 5th graders can have some "fun" celebrating the 100th day of school (and in a way that supports learning). This post shares ideas for math and literacy, as ... Read More


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Welcome friends! I’m Jennifer Findley: a teacher, mother, and avid reader. I believe that with the right resources, mindset, and strategies, all students can achieve at high levels and learn to love learning. My goal is to provide resources and strategies to inspire you and help make this belief a reality for your students. Learn more about me.