## Solving “I Don’t Know What To Do”

How many times have you given a direction and the results went something like this? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jay Salazar (@thejaysalazar_) I image you only see this on days that end in Y. (My students never get that joke.) This is a common problem in the classroom, and it […]

## Teacher Pet Peeves

We all have our teacher pet peeves. These are the things that drive us crazy! They can be serious, and they can be petty (crooked desks). Either way, they’re real to us! For the most part, my classroom runs smoothly. When working with students, I’m flexible, accommodating, and choose my battles carefully. But, there are

## Advice for New Teachers

Have you finished your education degree and finally get to experience your first year teaching? Are you moving to a new school? Have you taken a few years off and are reentering education? Are you serving as a mentor teacher? Are you looking for advice for new teachers? If yes, keep reading. You’ll see that

## Teaching Prefixes, Suffixes, and Multiple Meaning Words

Teaching prefixes, suffixes, and multiple meaning words, plus root words and base words is a full-year endeavor. It’s not something that can be done in an individual unit of instruction. Instead, there must be continuous and intentional instruction along with reinforcement throughout all reading units. However, time is never our friend. As teachers, we know

Teaching adjectives and adverbs doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, there are many ways to make this meaningful and engaging for students. This can absolutely be embedded into your writing instruction. However, you may have times where your students need a little extra practice, so I’ve made a few activities to help you out.

## Decimal Escape Activity

This decimal escape activity is a math lesson your students won’t forget. To be over-the-top cheesy, some might say it’s out of this world! In the decimal escape, students must work together to escape from outer space. To escape, students unlock a series of locks to acquire the extra fuel from the international space station.

## Geometry Escape Room Activity

This geometry escape room activity is a perfect way to end your upper elementary geometry unit! In this activity students work together to escape from a zoo where all the animals are out of their cages. To escape, students use clues and codes to unlock a series of locks to find the key that allows

## Measurement Escape Activity

This measurement escape is a culminating activity for the fourth grade measurement standards. In the activity, students must work together to escape from a coral reef. To escape, students must unlock a series of locks to find their way out of the reef. There are multiple versions of this activity to meet your classroom needs.

## 4 Procedural Reading Lessons You Don’t Want to Skip

This shares 4 procedural reading lessons you don’t want to skip. At the start of the school year, it can be challenging to find your groove.  Thankfully, it doesn’t take long to get back into the routine. It can also be difficult to find your starting place teaching reading. Your first few lessons of the

## Hands-On Place Value

I like to start the year off with hands-on place value activities, because place value is the foundation for all other math concepts. It’s important to spend time on place value to ensure students are prepared for more challenging concepts. These place value activities and practice pages can be printed as a booklet and area

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