Team Building Activities

Team Building Activities For Elementary Students

Let’s Talk Team Building! Hey there, fellow educators! Today, we’re diving into the fun-filled world of team-building activities for students in the classroom. From my two decades of teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, I can tell you this – team building activities aren’t just fun and games. They’re also powerful tools for nurturing essential life skills in our students. They can foster everything from

nonfiction text features

Unlocking Informational Texts: Nonfiction Text Features for Elementary Teachers

Non-Fiction Text Features – A MUST-TEACH! Hey teacher friends! Ready to tackle nonfiction text features??? Ever felt like you’re trying to crack a secret code when reading a nonfiction book with your students? You’re not alone. Teaching nonfiction text features can sometimes feel like explaining hieroglyphics to a room full of budding Indiana Joneses. But fear not, today we’re going to demystify these cryptic elements

Fraction Anchor Charts

Mastering Fractions with Fraction Anchor Charts

We all know how crucial it is to teach fractions to our upper elementary students. But sometimes, it can be a bit of a challenge to make sure they really grasp the concept. That’s where fraction anchor charts come in! These visual aids can be a game changer in helping students understand and remember fraction concepts. Let’s dive in and explore how you can revolutionize

End of the Year Teacher Reflections

End of the Year Teacher Reflections That Are For You! (not your principal!)

Reflect on all you’ve done this school year! As the school year draws to a close, it’s not uncommon for teachers to feel swamped and wonder if their tireless efforts have made a difference. Some time dedicated to teacher reflection can be just what you need! It’s no secret that teaching is a challenging career, but taking a moment to step back and acknowledge the

End of the Year Awards for Students

End of the Year Awards for Students: Celebrating Success

Thinking About End of the Year Awards For Your Students? Hey there, dedicated teachers! As we all know, recognizing our students’ hard work and achievements throughout the school year is crucial. End of the Year awards are the perfect way to do it! Celebrate your students before they embark on their well-deserved summer break. In this blog post, we’ll explore the idea of end of

National Physical Fitness Month

Celebrate National Physical Fitness Month in Your Classroom!

Did you know that May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? This is a great time to inspire your students to adopt healthy lifestyles by getting physically active and embracing healthy living. As a teacher, you have the power to make a positive impact on your students’ well-being and promote a healthier lifestyle through teaching the importance of physical fitness and sports participation. A

National Children's Book Week

National Children’s Book Week – May and November

What’s National Children’s Book Week? National Children’s Book Week is a super-fun annual event that was established by the American Library Association. This amazing celebration is all about uniting schools, publishers, libraries, and bookstores across the country to spread the joy of children’s literature. Twice a year, in May and November, people everywhere celebrate. National Children’s Book Week is all about getting young readers hooked

Conversation Starters: 100+ Prompts to Get Your Students Thinking

110 Conversation Starters for Kids (and Teachers)

Engaging in meaningful conversations with students is essential for their overall development, and elementary school teachers play a crucial role in fostering these connections. These conversation starters will help you make your classroom a hub for language-building and great conversation This comprehensive list of kid friendly conversation starters is divided into sections, each containing 15-20 interesting questions that cater to different areas of interest, making

Classroom Jobs: Ideas for elementary and middle school teachers

Why You Should be Using Classroom Jobs to Help Your Students Excel

I know a lot about classroom jobs! Hello from the middle! I’m Sabrina, a sixth-grade English teacher who also has a background in human resources. It seems like an odd mix but it’s not. When I left HR and returned to the classroom, I remembered a common deficit with the candidates I interviewed—the lack of soft skills. Soft skills are those little traits that help

Field Day Activities, Tips, and Tricks to hosting your own Event

55+ Best Field Day Games and Activities for a DYI Event

We have tons of field day activities and ideas for you! Are you looking to organize a fantastic field day for your upper elementary students without breaking the bank? You’ve come to the right place! Field days are a great way to build team spirit and create lasting memories during the school year. Unfortunately, not every school hosts an annual event, leaving teachers to take

Social and Emotional Learning SEL for Elementary Students

45 Social Emotional Learning Activities for Elementary Students

Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom Do you ever find yourself wondering how to create an engaging and supportive learning environment for your upper elementary students? We’ve got the perfect solution for you: 45 activities focused on social emotional learning for upper elementary students. What’s in this post? In this post, we’ll explore 45 engaging and easy social-emotional learning activities that are perfect for elementary

Poem in Your Pocket Day


Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day! Are you looking for an exciting and engaging way to get your students interested in poetry? Poem in Your Pocket Day is a holiday worth celebrating. It provides a great opportunity to ignite the passion for reading and writing among students. So, grab your favorite poem and get ready to be in on the fun! The History of

Classroom Management Strategies & Techniques

Classroom Management Strategies and Techniques + 110 Quick Tips

If you’re like me, you didn’t go very deep into basic classroom management strategies in college. You probably did the same thing I did on my first day: You walked into your classroom, ready to inspire and engage your students. You were excited to share your passion for teaching and couldn’t wait to see the growth and learning that would take place. But then, you

5 Different Types of Fractions Your Students Need to Know

What are the different types of fractions?

What are the different types of fractions? Various types of fractions can pop up all around you! Whether you’re splitting a bill at a restaurant or trying to share a pizza with your friends, you’ll encounter situations where you need to understand fractional parts. So, what are the types of fractions? Whether you’re a student struggling with math or someone who wants to refresh their

7 Inclusion Classroom Supports for All Teachers

7 Inclusion Classroom Supports for All Teachers

Welcome, fellow educator!  My name is Caroline Koehler.  I’m a special education teacher guest blogging for Minds in Bloom.  Let’s dive into my 7 strategies to ensure that all classrooms are inclusion classrooms catering to the needs of our diverse learners. As educators, we strive to create an inclusion classroom that is equitable and inclusive of all students.  However, it can be challenging to ensure that every student

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