Moving Kids UP!

As I shared on the Facebook page a few weeks ago, I am piloting standards based reporting with two other fifth grade math, science, and social studies teachers. So far we all love how well we know our students. We know who needs to continue to work on each standard. Who has met the standard and needs to be pushed to exceed it. We know our kids. The struggle for me has come in getting the students (and parents) to understand that standards based reporting is a growth model. We want to see students grow throughout the year! Success does not come immediately but must develop over time!

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So I have finished teaching Unit 1 (order of operations, numeric expressions, multiplying and dividing large whole numbers, and powers of ten with whole numbers). These standards have made their way through Teach 5. Now I need to work with the students in small focus groups to Move Them UP to the next level.

We are using the Georgia Milestones Achievement Level Descriptors to determine the level of mastery on our report cards. This has allowed us to align ourselves to the state’s assessment and should give us a good idea of how the student will perform on the standardized test at the end of the school year. It also allows us to know how to move our kids up to the next level.

I am meeting with all of my level one students in a standard one day, doing a few practice problems, talking about what they are capable of doing on this standard and what I want them to try to do on this standard. Then I reassess with a quick “Move UP!” sheet. Some students show they deserve to move up a level, and others show we need more time working on this standard. The next day I will meet with my level twos, then my level threes on the following day. My goal is to meet with my students each nine weeks to work on our “Move UP!”s.

   

I have two Moving Kids UP! products completed and will add more throughout the year as I get them ready. And of course, as I grow my resources for this, I will add to these packets. But as the packets get bigger the cost gets higher, so grab them while they are cheap and redownload them as I update them!

Order of Operations

Numeric Expressions

 

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OMG…What Happened?

August is gone and I’ll be honest…I don’t even know what happend. I had a plan. I was going to share a new item from Teachers Pay Teachers every day and then…POOF! The month is gone and I am on the ground, face up, breathing deeply, wondering how I made it to September.

On the bright side, I am alive! I do have thirty new items in my TPT store! And I LOVE my new students!

I hope to start posting again soon, but until I can scrape myself off of the floor, I must ask you all to hold tight!

 

World War I has Begun

As I continue to share new products, especially the vocabulary packets, I want to highlight a different part of the packet each time. 


Today’s packet is over World War I and the piece out of each packet that I use no matter what is the interactive notebook pieces. 



I have used these two different ways. 1. I have students cut out the pieces with the word and definition attached. We then fold them and glue one side down. We write the word on top so that they can see the word, try to remember the definition, and then flip it open to see the actual definition. 2. I have students cut out the definition and put a post it note on top of it (like pictures). 


It helps the kids study their vocabulary. I have found many students turning back to the pages as we study, review, and discuss new standards. It’s awesome!

Vocabulary is HUGE

Over the years, vocabulary has been what has complicated social studies and science! The kids would understand that metal was a good conductor, but then they wouldn’t select copper as a good conductor on the test. They didn’t know that copper was a metal. Life experience hadn’t taught them that yet…so I have been working on my vocabulary packets this summer and they are FINISHED…for now!

Turn of the Century

Teaching about the Turn of the Century is always fun! You get to dress up like a cowboy, ride a stick pony around the classroom, imagine what it would be like if we said “Ahoy” when we answered the phone instead of “hello” and so much more! This packet includes posters, activities, interactive notebook pieces, and quizzes. Go get this Turn of the Century Vocabulary Packet here. Then check out more great products in my TpT Store.

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The Standards have Changed…AGAIN

The Georgia Standards of Excellence are being taught this next school year and that means more changes. Luckily for fifth grade there are not a ton of adjustments to be made. I have updated four products to include these new … Continue reading

Math Data Notebooks

I have learned that students do not seem to understand grades or data unless they are working with it. My first few years of teaching I was so frustrated that the kids were not motivated to improve. Didn’t they see the potential that I did? The answer was NO. They didn’t see their own potential and their grades meant nothing to them. When I first started student data notebooks I realized that kids were amazed at what their grades meant. I would conference with them and we would talk about their grades. I would help them graph their progress and they became more inspired.

Fact Fluency Graph

Math facts are allowed in some schools and not in others. But I still do math facts. They go to it atleast once a week. If they need more practice they go their more than that. They set the time and begin. Afterwards they have a partner check their paper with an answer key and graph their progress. It takes some training, but my 5th graders get it pretty fast. Third grade took a little longer, but they can do it.

Unit Test Graph

Unit tests are graded by myself and we graph these together in math conferences. We talk about their pre-test scores, where their weakness was, and how we can improve. I let them tell me what I can do to help. I make notes on carbon paper to send home to the parents so they know what we talked about as well. We celebrate the post-test growth also and talk about how we can keep growing!

Grab my FREE math data sheets here and get started tracking that data!!! Check out the rest of my TpT Store while your there getting your FREEBIE!!!

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