# Top 10 Grade me tips

### Try daily STEM challenges.

These STEM challenges are designed with your first graders in mind. Try one each day or each week to get their minds thinking outside the box.

### Make things interesting with foldables.

Source: Mrs. T’s First Grade Class Foldables are a great—and easy!—way to make any literacy activity more fun. The one above helps students group words with the same blend.

### Round off numbers while adding

Most of the time adding two or more than two numbers seems difficult and to make addition simple a person can consider rounding off those two numbers and try to get the answer. For example, if there are numbers which is 535 and 346. While looking at the number it is not that hard to solve, but there is a simple way to solve the problem and that is first, round off both the numbers like this

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

### Using 1000 subtraction rule

Its not just addition, when it comes to maths, its like everything that is related to mathematical is troubling. For example, while subtracting a large number from a thousand, keep note that a person need to subtract the first number from nine and second numbers from nine but except last number. Instead of subtracting the last number from nine, make use of ten while subtracting.

### Teach apostrophe usage with a strong visual.

We like this one from Write On, Fourth Grade!

### Use a science journal to teach the seasons.

Source: Today … in First Grade Students will draw trees in each season, describe what they wear during the different seasons, and journal about what makes winter, spring, summer, and fall different as they fill in this science journal.

### 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!

### Teach the difference between tone and mood with this helpful anchor chart.

Practice applying the definitions by reading passages in class and asking students to identify the difference between tone and mood in each passage.

### 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!”