Teaching fifth grade this year means I am creating a TON of stuff…it is exhausting! I just finished the second nine weeks worth of Teach 5s last week and you can find them here. If you are not sure what … Continue reading

# Category Archives: Mathematics Learning

# Check It Out!

I have added several new items to my Teachers Pay Teachers store! These items are all fifth grade mostly because of my new position in fifth grade…so if you are looking for:

- Math Standards Posters: These simple posters are great for any classroom theme! Simply print and mount to any color paper, then laminate! Super easy and super flexible when it comes to matchy-matchy classrooms.
- Social Studies Standards Posters
- Science Standards Posters
- Interactive notebook science standard, can do, and EQ: I love these interactive notebook additions! They include each standard with the achievement indicators (beginning learner, developing learner, proficient learner, and distinguished learner) so students know how to best learn the standard, and a place to write the essential question. I love to have students try to answer the EQ before I have taught anything, then draw a line (we call it the line of learning). After the standard has been taught I have students answer the EQ again under the line! This allows me and the students to see the growth of their learning, misunderstandings, and reflection of the week!
- Interactive notebook social studies standard, can do, and EQ
- Interactive notebook science set up kit
- Physical science vocabulary: All of my vocabulary is interactive! Cut out the word and definition attached, then fold it into a little booklet with the information on the inside. Have the students write the word on top and quiz themselves on the definitions! It is super easy, and fun! Plus the parents always compliment this simple entry into the student notebooks.
- Life science vocabulary
- Earth science vocabulary
- Characteristics of science vocabulary
- Teach 5, 1st nine weeks: Teach 5! This was the first thing I began working on when I heard about my move to fifth grade…I cannot begin to emphasize how important Teach 5 is in my classroom! This is a spiral review of the math standards. It is leveled and easy to differentiate in the classroom. Plus I have a free Teach 5 Set Up kit that lets you know how to make your own Teach 5!

Yes, I have been busy creating, but I have also realized that with my first baby on the way I will not be able to make everything myself. I have purchased many items on TPT and found tons of FREE stuff to help me!

Teachers, what are you doing with your summer?

# Spiral Review

As a third grade team we have started to discuss how we did on last year’s GMAS (If you aren’t sure what that is take a look at this). We have discussed how a great spiral review in mathematics really seemed to benefit the students and keep all of their learning in their minds.

I use Teach 5 to do this with mathematics. To learn more about Teach 5 read some of my older posts about it and take a look at these resources.

One of my coworkers found this great resource for social studies today.

Social Studies Review is created by Ashleigh over at Ashleigh’s Education Journey.

We are still on the hunt for a great science spiral review for third grade Georgia Performance Standards. If you know of one comment with a link to the product. I am open to all things at this point. That or I am going to have to make one!

# New Open House Step-by-Step Centers…FREEBIE!

Yes, I have recreated my Open House Stations again! I needed them to match my new classroom theme, but then I did some reflecting on Open House last year and wanted to change some of my stations.

You can have my new Open House Step-by-Step signs for FREE! Grab this freebie here. The signs come in many different polka dot colors. As you can see I added a little die-cut elephant to the bottom of mine and mounted them to construction paper to make them a little more sturdy. Be looking for my post on how I use these at Open House in the future!

# My Curriculum Map…FREEBIE!

Do you teach third grade? Are you wanting a jumping off point to plan your curriculum? Do you want to see how another teacher is organizing their school year?

Grab this FREE resource here. I have to admit, this is only for math, science, and social studies. Sorry ELA, reading, and writing teacher.

My nine weeks at a glance.

My month at a glance.

My weeks at a glance.

A template to complete Days at a glance. This is what I use to quickly put down my ideas for lesson plans. I will post another day about how I use the Days at a glance each week!

I hope these give all my third grade friends ideas for what to teach when this school year!

# Curriculum Mapping…FREEBIE!!!

Have you thought about what you are going to teach next school year? I know I think about it constantly! In order to wrap my head around the curriculum from my school I need to break it down in a way that makes sense to me. As I was breaking it down this year it occurred to me that not everyone has these templates and many people charge money for them…SO here they are for FREE!

Grab these templates here.

Organize your year by grading periods (9 weeks). This page will allow you to see they entire year on one page.

Organize by the month. This page allows me to break down my monthly expectations a little more.

Organize by the week. This begins to allow me to realistically plan my lessons each week.

These templates were created for teachers who teach it all, compartmentalize, or teach individual subjects! I hope these are helpful and get you thinking in a more organized fashion.

# Line of Learning

*What is the Line of Learning? *you may be wondering. The *Line of Learning *is many things. It is a time and money saver. It is a line. It marks growth in student knowledge.

Okay. I should probably clarify.

This is the *Line of Learning*

Now please allow me to clarify.

- It is a time saver: I used to use post it notes as before and after informal assessments in journals. Counting out two for each student and passing them out took class time and left many students waiting on me. Drawing a line is all students will have to do now and they won’t have to wait for me to draw their line.
- It is a money saver: Post-it notes are expensive. My students were using about 300 a year to do vocabulary and pre/post post-it notes. 300 per kid when you teach 50 kids is a lot! Drawing a line is FREE!!!
- It is a line: Look at it. It is simply a line that says “Libe of Learning” above or below it.
- It marks growth in student knowledge: my students put the standards we are learning in their notebooks. They also write the Essential Question down. Then, before I teach anything, they answer the EQ. They can put
*I don’t know, ?,*or write what they think the answer is. After I am done teaching they draw*THE Line of Learning.*This symbolizes the time we have spent learning over that week and practicing the standard. Below the*Line of Learning*they answer the EQ again. This time they should have way more to write. Maybe they draw a picture with it or give an example. Who knows?

The *Line of Learning *is simple and complex. Here are some example pages of my *Lines of Learning.*

As you can see I use the *Line of Learning *can be used in any subject, for EQs or science probes.

Super simple! Super cheap! Super useful!

# New Way to Organize My Interactive Notebooks

I use three interactive notebooks in my classroom each year. In years past I have had three composition notebooks just like my students. But this year I will be organizing my notebooks, not my students, in a three ring binder. This will allow me to lay each page flat under the document camera. I can change the order of the pages that I prep this summer as I am teaching them.

The materials I have at home this summer to help prep and reorganize my interactive notebooks are:

- 3″ three ring binder
- 3 packs of notebook paper
- Colored paper
- 3 dividers
- Markers
- Color pencils
- Scissors
- Glue
- Post it notes
- Tape

The notebook is divided into three sections:

- Math
- Science
- Social studies

To ensure that I include all of my favorite notebook activities in my new notebook I have my interactive notebooks from the past two years to guide me.

I have started prepping many units in my new notebook. Here is a little preview of posts to come!

# Must Haves for Interactive Notebooks in Third Grade

Do you teach third grade?

Do you have a friend who teaches third grade?

If your answer is yes to either of these questions keep reading.

I purchased and USE these two interactive notebook products from Teachers Pay Teachers CONSTANTLY!

This amazing interactive notebook product can be found here. No, it is not one of my own, but I use it like it is! Man it is GOOD!

This product can be found here. This product has tons of material for third, fourth, and fifth grade social studies. It was a GREAT buy and I use it constantly!

Just wanted to share some AMAZING resources!

# Teach 5 BUNDLE

I have finished the Teach 5 Third Grade BUNDLE!!!!!

- Instructions for running Teach 5 in your classroom
- SMARTboard timers for managing your Teach 5 Groups
- 36 weeks of Teach 5 material on 3rd grade common core math standards
- How To create your own Teach 5

I LOVE Teach 5 and use it daily in my classroom! I know that it works because student scores reflect a much higher success rate in the classrooms at my school who use Teach 5 in comparison to classrooms who do not. This should not be the case in my classroom because of the inclusion setting, but Teach 5 helps **all** students keep * all* math skills fresh

*year long.*

**all**Head to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to get your Teach 5 Bundle today!