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The time after the long holiday break is always a great time to "restart", review expectations, and start fresh and new. On this post, I want to share a free printable and digital New Year's resolution activity that you can use with your 4th and 5th graders. This is a great way to connect the new year with your classroom expectations and goals. About the New Year's ... Read More

While winter may not be the favorite season for most people, it definitely comes with very interesting topics to read about...extreme sports, Winter games, animal behavior in the winter, to name a few. For my students (in the south) we love all things snow. This post will share one of my favorite winter read alouds about snow and some free comprehension questions ... Read More

Giving students feedback is powerful to drive instruction and student learning. However, giving detailed feedback that both addresses mistakes or misconceptions AND helps move students to the next level can be time-consuming for teachers. This post will share a huge bank of ready-to-use feedback statements for the key reading skills taught in grades 4-5. Let's be ... Read More

Every teacher (new or experienced) knows the importance of having strong classroom management. A huge part of successful classroom management is teaching expectations. Setting up a strong virtual classroom management with students you have never met is a definitely more of a challenge than with face-to-face instruction. This post will share steps for teaching digital ... Read More

Checking students' understanding after completing a lesson is always important. And it's even more important during digital instruction. In this post, I am sharing free digital exit slips that work for any lesson and in any subject. I will also share some next steps and ideas for using the free digital exit slips. About the Digital Exit Slips Using exit slips allows ... Read More

Teaching reading in 4th and 5th grade can be so rewarding but also challenging. Teaching reading virtually can make that even more challenging. But, with the right strategies and resources, it can be done and done well. This post will share a breakdown of an example way to structure your weekly digital reading instruction, including ways that you can incorporate best ... 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.