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6 Great President's Day Ideas for Upper Elementary

Well, February is flying by! Tomorrow is the day of love (or heartbreak) and President's Day will soon be upon us.  Being an upper elementary teacher, I know that by the time kids reach 4th or 5th grade they think they know everything about President's Day (or at least about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington) and all the cute craftivities and plays that go along with it.  This is exactly why, last year, I had my students each research a different President and record their research on a research pennant.  The kids were amazed to find out things about many of our U.S. presidents that they did not know.  We took all of our pennants and hung them out in the hall to show off our research!  The kids had a blast and it was a welcomed change from all the "George" and "Abe" they have seen since pre-K.  Here are some other great ideas for helping your upper elementary students celebrate President's Day.  

Figurative Language (In a Snap!)

How do you launch your lessons on figurative language? Figurative language can sometimes be difficult for students to grasp in their reading and even more difficult for to incorporate them into their writing.   I have found, for my kiddos, that they need exposure early and often throughout the year to become comfortable with using all types of figurative language as they develop as authors.  

100th Day of School {Giveaway}

Every year for the 100th day of school I like to read  the book Because of Mr. Terupt y Rob Buyea. My students love it and beg me to continue reading.  Told from a first person point of view by a number of his different students, this book is the story of Mr. Terupt and his first year teaching 5th grade in a new school.  The chapters are very short (usually 1-4 pages) and the student telling the story changes with each new chapter.  

Paperless Morning Work Idea

Well, it's finally Friday!  Every morning when my kids first come joyfully skipping in to the classroom, they get started on a "problem of the day" to help kick their minds into gear.  Sometimes they will complete this in their math notebook.  Other times I will have a paper printed and sitting on their desks.  

If your school is anything like mine and you have a limited number of copies each month, morning work can eat up a big chunk of those very quickly!  I am always looking for ways to capture the students interest and limit paper consumption while not losing any of the rigor along the way. 

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