## 5 Ways to Motivate Yourself for Going Back To School

My first few years teaching I had no trouble getting excited to head back to the classroom after summer break. I would be bouncing with enthusiasm and more than ready to get to work. I still love teaching, but it (along with life) does wear you down. It can become more and more challenging to […]

## Converting Measurements Worksheets and Activities

Converting measurements worksheets and activities are often hard to squeeze in to your math instruction. This topic is often taught toward the end of the school year, and we all know how easy it is to run out of time before testing-especially in math. It’s important to get as much out of your converting measurement

## Measuring Angles Worksheets & Activities

You can really be creative with your measuring angles worksheets and activities. It’s a math concept that lends itself to hands-on and engaging lessons. Of course, reading a protractor can be challenging for students, so they will need practice working with a protractor. In this post, I’ve shared some of my favorite measuring angles worksheets,

## End of Year Activities

It’s hard to believe it’s already time to break out my favorite end of year activities, but here it is! This is always a bittersweet time of year. I’m beyond excited for summer vacation. But, we form a little family during the year, and it can be hard to let them go. In this post,

## Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions

Teaching fractions greater than one (mixed numbers to improper fractions) shouldn’t be an isolated part of your fraction unit. Instead, fractions greater than one should be embedded in your fraction instruction. This post includes some of my favorite lessons for teaching mixed numbers to improper fractions (and the reverse). Fractions Greater Than One For instance,

## Geometry Worksheets & Activities

When teaching upper elementary math, it’s important that geometry worksheets and activities are more than memorizing geometric terms. Of course, these geometry terms are important, but our instruction shouldn’t stop there. Students need time to explore and engage with multiple geometry concepts to develop a strong foundational understanding of geometry. Geometry Vocabulary I’ve found that

## Teaching Fraction Sense

Rather than titling this post “Teaching Fraction Sense”, I might should have titled it “Teaching FOR Fraction Sense” as it’s not something that is taught in a few fraction lessons. Instead, it has to be developed over time. Number sense has become a critical topic among elementary math teachers. However, the importance of number sense

## Fraction Games

Fraction games are a great way to provide engagement and learning support for students. When I think back to how I taught fractions my first few years of teaching, I wish I could go back and apologize to my former students. Yes, I taught the necessary lessons and my students appeared to understand fractions, but

## Allusions to Greek Mythology

Students love learning about allusions to Greek Mythology. To capitalize on that interest I recommend this highly engaging resource for allusions to Greek mythology that is so much fun AND no prep. For your convenience, I included a PDF version of the slides and reading passages. However, this resource is intended to be used digitally.

## Teaching Prose and Drama

This article was originally designed to include poetry, prose, and drama. However, I quickly saw the need to give poetry its own blog post, because there is a lot involved in teaching poetry. You can find that post here. In this article, I’ve shared some of my favorite ways to teach drama and prose. The

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