Hi there, I'm Michele! Welcome to The Collaborative Class. I'm a 5th ELA grade teacher, certified reading specialist, and toddler mom who is passionate about building relationships and making learning meaningful and fun.  I believe that collaboration is a key to success both inside and outside of the classroom and I love collaborating with other teachers! My goal is to help you save precious time by sharing low prep, rigorous activities, ideas, and resources that are highly engaging for upper elementary students. 


Upper Elementary

ELA Choice Boards

Provide students with engaging reading & writing choice board activities that are perfect to use as classroom centers or for distance learning.  

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ELA Escape Room: Save the Zoo {Upper Elementary} | Distance Learning
This ELA escape room challenge is the perfect way to engage your students during, while still teaching the standards! Both a printable PDF version AND digital version are included. This makes it perfect for in-person, hybrid, or virtual learning. This digital escape room uses Google Forms and Google Slides. Students drag and drop moveable pieces and type in pre-made text boxes in Google Slides for an interactive experience. Throughout the activity, students can work independently, collaboratively with partners, or in groups to solve reading and language arts related challenges and find clues in order reverse the town's decision to shut down the zoo. Ideal for 4th and 5th graders, but can be adapted to be used with younger or older kids.
Assignment Slides – Customizable | Distance Learning
These customizable assignment slides are the perfect way to organize and present information to students in your class. Students will benefit from having standards, expectations, and directions available to them visually during morning meeting or an instructional class.
Biography Project Instagram Template | Distance Learning
Looking for an engaging way for students to demonstrate their knowledge about important historical figures? This instagram biography project is a unique activity that students will absolutely love! It's perfect to use during a biography unit of study, Black History Month, or throughout social studies. Both PDF & digital versions are included.
Google Forms Headers for Daily Check-Ins for Distance Learning
These Google Forms headers are perfect to add to any social emotional or academic student check-in.  It's always important to check in with students on a regular basis, but it's especially essential during distance learning when teachers are not able to see their students face to face every day.
Read & Write the Photo Bundle: ELA Distance Learning Activities
These Read & Write the Photo activities allow students to practice multiple ELA skills while using a picture as a text and source of inspiration!
Reading Skills Practice – Read the Photo | Distance Learning
  Practice reading skills while using a picture as a text! An easy way to increase student engagement. Ideal for Upper Elementary students, especially during distance learning.


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