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 →
I have been working like crazy to get ready for my month of TPT additions! I have 14 new products made (a few FREEBIES in there) and only need (31-14=17) 17 more to make!!! I hope to be finished making them by July 15th so I can be uploading them towards the end of July and blogging about each one has August begins!!! So much fun!!!
For many years I have found that students struggle most with vocabulary. Especially in science and social studies. I have found that talking about words, using words, study words, and writing with words helps students the most in conquering this vocabulary divide!
I just added several vocabulary packets to my TpT store for social studies and cannot wait for you all to check them out! Each packet includes a interactive notebook entry as well as vocabulary quiz. Sometimes I use the interactive notebook pieces as flashcards (fold them the other way) or a matching game (cut them completely apart).