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!
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!
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!
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.
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 →
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.
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 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!!!
Have you heard about Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset? A ton of schools are moving to a Growth Mindset initiative. It inspires to kids to celebrate their growth and not be defeated by their scores. I have looked at a … Continue reading →
Have you ever read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess? If not, I highly recommend it! It is an inspiring book that I read each summer to get my creative juices flowing and new lesson ideas growing. This year when … Continue reading →
Open House is tomorrow and I am nervous! My new school has a 5 hour Open House! I have never been a part of an Open House that lasts so long…5 HOURS!!! It should be interesting. This year my stations … Continue reading →
It is time to start school!!! Actually, most of my teaching friends started back to school today (sorry Bartow County friends)!!! My new kiddos don’t come to school until the 7th! A few years ago our principal asked told us … Continue reading →
Incase you haven’t made your way over to my family blog (It’s a Ruff Life) and read about all of the NEW stuff in my life, let me update you. My husband started a new job in February. I was … Continue reading →