This post has a HUGE list of mentor texts for narrative, opinion, and informational writing! You can use these books to teach personal narrative writing, story writing, opinion writing, persuasive writing, how-to writing, and nonfiction writing. There's also a list of 5 tips for using mentor texts!
Here is a project that the students of grade 5, 6 and secondary will enjoy . The symbol of the skull , banned in some schools ( in my school ) , finds its way to Halloween . It is interesting to study the customs of other cultures on the Day of the Dead .
There are so many kids that go home from school thinking, "Multiplication STINKS!" Flashcards and memorization can only go so far before kids are turned off completely. Use the free games on this site, plus the freebie to light the fire in your students! Multiplication certainly DOESN'T stink!