There are a few must-haves if you are teaching elementary, and a few when you are specifically teaching fourth. So here are some of my key freebies:
1. The back to school to do list. For those of you who, like me, still have a few weeks before going back to school, if you don't have your own to do list, GET THIS. It saves so much time when you plan ahead instead of driving to Staples 4 times in one week. Or firing up the laminator at school on a daily basis. It will help you prioritize, consolidate trips, and feel so good as you check each thing off.
2. Tissue box hygiene reminders. The start of the year is the time to instill routines. You'll thank me later in the year when flu season starts.
3. Homework reminders. These reminders save you time from
Now for the fourth grade content:
Mentor Sentences for Complete Sentences. Many grammar tasks ask kids to find what needs to be fixed in a sentence. Mentor sentences require them to analyze quality, model writing, then explain what makes it so.
Kinesthetic Map Activity. This is a fun whole group activity that gets kids practicing continents, countries and directions. It's not every day you let your fourth graders crawl around on the floor to learn, but I think you'll like this one as much as they do.
Using one half as a benchmark coloring page. This coloring page reveals a "mystery picture" as kids determine if each fraction is greater to, less than, or equal to one half. The writing component allows you to differentiate as well as gives students practice justifying their answer.
Drawing Perpendicular and Parallel Lines with Tools Project. If you remember my post months ago on using drawing triangles and straight edges you have already seen this project in action. The kids had a blast with the markers and sheet protectors trying to be the first one to figure out what the mystery picture was. And I finally had a little time this week to polish it up so that you will be able to introduce it to your class with confidence, just in time to save you 28%. Enjoy!
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