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One of the best parts about the beginning of the school year is having the time to get to know our students and their interests, including their interests in different subjects. I love using activities that allow me to get to know my students' interests as well as their math skills. This post shares my favorite back to school math activities for grades 4-5 (free download ... Read More

How you start your year off can really make a difference in the success of your year. Teaching procedures effectively those first few weeks of school is so important (second only to building relationships and setting high expectations for behavior). On this post, I will share lots of tips and activities to help you create and teach your classroom procedures, including ... Read More

Because it always seems that I have such limited time for science instruction, I like to dive into my grade-level science content as soon as possible at the beginning of the school year. However, there are a few science activities and lessons that I like to do beforehand. This post will share the free back to school science activities that I use the first week of science ... Read More

Amazon Prime Day is over for 2019 but will be back in 2020! If you are a teacher and love Amazon shopping, keep reading because I have taken the top 10 best selling items during the sale and listed them below. I love seeing what other teachers are buying for their classrooms. And you never know, they may go on sale again throughout the year. This post contains ... Read More

Each year, I like to incorporate a few new back to school activities during those first few days of school. However, I do have some tried and true favorites that I pull out year to year (or have on standby if we have extra time). On this post, I will share some of my favorite printable back to school activities (with a link to download them for free!). I "Mustache" ... Read More

My favorite back-to-school activities are the ones that get students up and moving and/or have them talking and sharing with others. This post will share a free back-to-school reflection activity that has both of those qualities (depending on how you use it). About the Back to School Reflection Questions This free back to school reflection activity (available to ... 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.