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I love all things holiday and am always looking for ways to engage my students and keep them motivated to learn and engaged with their work during the months leading up to a major holiday. And even though my students are fifth graders, I still want them to enjoy a bit of the fun of Valentine's Day. In this post, I will share a super engaging mystery bag activity that ... Read More

Are you picking your brain trying to find a way for students to practice idioms without making them bored stiff? These free idiom activities (printable + digital) are just the ticket. This free idiom activity provides both a printable and digital version for students to practice and demonstrate their understanding of idioms. Using an interactive table, students will ... Read More

Nothing is scarier in the mountains than a snowy avalanche in the winter. Avalanches are deadly and dangerous, and can cause damage to animals, people, and vegetation. Learn how and why avalanches occur in this simple winter avalanche science experiment. Want to see more winter activities and resources for other subject areas? Winter Science Materials ... Read More

When you think about planning classroom holiday activities for your students, you may not automatically think of science experiments. Before winter break, it can be challenging to get your students to focus on much due to the excitement of the impending holidays. I find that working holiday-themed activities into the curriculum keep students interested and learning. Try ... Read More

Ghosts may not be real, but you can make them float with science. It’s not magic, and it’s not fake, it’s just static electricity! Kids in upper elementary will have a blast with this low-cost and low-prep science activity that illustrates the principles of atoms, charges, and static electricity with one simple Halloween science demonstration. Want to see more ... Read More

Are you in need of new ways to engage your students while they are practicing reading skills and standards? Do your students work well with digital interactive activities? These 4th and 5th grade reading sorts are great for providing reading practice to students in a new (and non-threatening way)! About the Digital Reading Sorts This free reading resource ... 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.