Grade me tips

Make big plans!

We love this start-of-year activity from Write On, Fourth Grade! Start by reading Big Plans by Bob Shea and Lane Smith. Then on construction paper, have students create their own plans for fourth grade, for their school career, and for adulthood. Hang ‘em up and label the wall “Our Big Plans!”

Introduce yourself creatively.

Make day one memorable by introducing yourself in a creative way, such as sending postcards over the summer! For 10 creative ideas, click here.

Get a jump start on lessons.

Teacher planning and prep time are precious! It makes life a lot easier when you can purchase existing lessons, bundles, books, and pages. And why not support other teachers while you do it! Check out our favorite Teacher Pay Teachers sellers for fourth grade.

Fill your classroom library with these classic fourth grade books.

Teaching fourth grade involves a lot of reading! Here are 50 of our favorites.

Try different classroom layouts.

Long gone are the days of straight rows of desks lining the classroom. Throw out your seating chart and try one of these ideas instead.

Pick an inspiring theme for your classroom.

“‘Science is Outta This World’! Do a space theme with rockets above different locations you are studying, a mad scientist mixing up a potion and vocabulary words coming out of the smoke puffs!” —Johnna M. “The Jungle works for so many subjects, like life and how things change in time.” —Liz H. “What about ‘Your World Matters’?” —Mindy J. “The Rainforest!” —Ann M. “‘Heroes All Around Us’ with monthly featured ‘heroes,’ both famous and local.” —Ashley M.

Gather all the supplies.

Not sure what supplies you need for your fourth grade classroom? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with this list of essential fourth grade classroom supplies .

Create an inviting classroom.

Need ideas to take your classroom to the next level? We’ve gathered  real-life fourth grade classrooms  for you to browse!

Play with your kids!

First graders are hilarious! Don’t forget to have fun with them. Here are 17 old-school recess games you can teach your students.

Create classroom jobs for your students.

Here are some creative ideas from our teacher community: tech support, environmental support, organizer, textbook coordinator, sanitation engineer, librarian, substitute, chief in charge, messenger, paper passer, supply clerk, IT technician, human resources officer, administrative assistant, waste management.