5th Grade Reading Comprehension App – Free Today

5th Grade Reading Comprehension App - Peekaboo Studios

5th Grade Reading Comprehension App – Peekaboo Studios

Peekaboo Studios LLC – is running a FREE 5th Grade Reading Comprehension app – promotion. This will probably be available today only. Anyhow, I have been using Peekaboo Studios apps in my class for a long time now. This is a great download that you will not erase two day later :).  Perfect for building comprehension and vocabulary skills, as well as, test prep.






5th Grade Math Testing Prep App – FREE Today


Peekaboo Studios LLC is running a one day promotion on their “5th Grade Math Testing Prep” app. It’s perfect for parents and teachers. The app provides test prep on algebra, geometry, critical thinking, order of operation, and word problems. Perfect!


Lesson Plans on Demand

BellaStarLessons -on demand lessons K-8

On- demand custom lesson service. All subjects and all grades K-8.

BellaStar Lessons Company is a lesson service for teachers and schools. The service is run and operated by certified and experienced U.S. teachers. The on-demand lesson service allows teachers and schools to submit a request for upcoming custom made lessons, units, and other educational curriculum. It’s perfect for busy teachers and schools in need of plans for short and long term susbstitutes. 





Nowhere Else on Earth : Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest – Guide


Nowhere Else on Earth by Caitlyn Vernon Guide

Nowhere Else on Earth by Caitlyn Vernon Guide

“Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest” by Caitlyn Vernon is a must classroom read for the month of April – Earth Day/Month. This captivating book has earned its place on the shelf with “World Without Fish” and “Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and Science of Ocean Motion”. “Nowhere Else on Earth” is a very much story of our planet and interdependence of humans and nature. It’s also a story of salmon and magnificent connection between salmon, wolves, old-growth trees, and bears… 

 … This story is now yours. Do what you will. Cry over it Get angry. Forget it. But don’t say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you have heard this story. You’ve heard it now.” 

                           – Thomas King 

Nowehere Else on Earth by Vernon Lesson Plan

Nowehere Else on Earth by Vernon Lesson Plan #earthday #lessonplan


Happy Earth Day!


Women’s History Month Books & Lesson Plans

Women's History Month Lesson Plans and Books

Women’s History Month Lesson Plans and Books

Women’s History Month annually celebrated contributions of women across centuries. From Harriet Tubman, who led thousands of people from bondage to freedom, her contribution is never ending, to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who is daily standing up to injustice. Women’s History Month is dedicated to women who made/make a difference.

Here is the list of some of most inspiring books: 

So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth Long Walk to Freedom – Grades 3-6 

Before She Was Harriet – Grades 3-6 

Turning Pages: My Life Story – Sonia Sotomayor – Grades 3-6 

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

The Breadwinner – Grades 5-8 

Parvana’s Journey – Deborah Ellis – Grades 5–8 

Ruby Bridges Through My Eyes – 5- 8 

Visions of Beauty – Lasky – Grades 4-7

Before She Was Harriet – by Cline-Ransome- Lesson Plan

Before She Was Harriet Lesson Plan

Before She Was Harriet Lesson Plan

“Before She Was Harriet” by Lesa Cline-Ransome is a new picture book about the life of our national and classroom hero Harriet Tubman. This text is prefect for students in grades 3 to 5.  The story and its illustrations are simply beautiful, and the multidimensional character of Harriet Tubman is bound to have kids everywhere conducting additional research. “Before She Was Harriet” left everyone knowing much more about American history, the Underground Railroad, the Union Army, Jordan River, Moses, metaphors, and the list goes on.

A must read for the upcoming Women’s History Month!

Have Fun Reading!
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.

Lesson Plan Link

Before She Was Harriet Lesson Plan

Before She Was Harriet Lesson Plan

… a wisp of a woman with the courage of a lion…

Geometry Fun in the Classroom

Geometry Lesson Plan

Geometry Lesson Plan

Geometry unit proves to be a challenging one year after year. It is the most fun, engaging, and the most difficult unit to teach. It requires students to be able to manipulate shapes in their mind, especially when they start learning about measurement and classification of 3D shapes. Are lines we can’t see still there?

For the past couple of years, I have been making a habit to start the new year with geometry unit. It allows enough time for students to immerse themselves in learning and creating shapes and angles. We are able to slow down and retract our steps if needed before the madness of testing months arrives.

3D shapes bring a special set of challenges. This year, in addition of manipulating 3D shapes in class and making our own 3D shapes with geometry challenge, we also used Quiver Education – Quiver Vision Platonic Solids augmented reality 3D shape coloring. I started off my students by allowing them to create one shape each, but they had so much fun, and we ended up printing every page available for each student.

geo-preview-2iwfd4r-tq74kwHere are some of our awesome shapes. This of course went on for more than one period. Afterwards students cut out the shape nets and made our own collection of 3D shapes. Quiver Education 3D augmented reality app will stay as a definite repeat in my class.

Have Fun with Geometry!

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.