A Review Championship

We have started state testing and after testing each day I wanted the kids to have fun while still going back over standards from the year, so I planned a mini-transformation. By “mini” I mean minimum amount of transformation— it is state testing after all. I have no decorations up in the classroom, but I have plenty of excitement!

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Let’s start with my getup! I am wearing my husband’s referee shirt over my regular school clothes each day, a black baseball hat (Walmart for $7) and a whistle on my lanyard.

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I found some old trophies under our new house and decided to clean them up, spray paint them solid gold, and give them to the winning team each day. They can take pictures with them, share them (who gets to have it on their desk), and I send a brag picture to the parents at the end of the day.

Then I needed to build the hype. I made a few short clips on Snap Chat using the filters and put them on Google Classroom for the kids to watch during homeroom. They were cheesy (me as an old lady talking about my grand kids telling me about a championship review at school, me as a girl with curlers in my hair talking about the latest gossip – something about a review championship, etc.). The giggles were contagious as they watched and re-watched the videos during homeroom.

 

Now, for the games! I picked a new game for each day. Some they had played before, some they hadn’t. Some games had a spin on them, but all were guaranteed to have each student working and able to earn points for their team.

 

 

This was the first game and had us all laughing. This idea came from Wade King of RCA (I follow him on Instagram and always get good ideas from him). How it works: Each team is assigned a color of paper to get off the floor. Students have Vaseline on their nose (you can add green food coloring to make it look like snot) and have to pick up the questions with their noses (NO HANDS!). After the entire group has answered the question and agrees on an answer, they can “pick” another question! The only problem I had with this game was the dependence on the whole group to work at the same pace…it didn’t work for some of my ESS students, so I will make adjustments to this game next year for sure! If you want to use my questions (adding fractions) or get the directions for the game for FREE click here.

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They have team names with a running score board that continues to grow throughout the championship! We have had several different winners throughout the first week and all of them have enjoyed the trophy!

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The second day, we played Jenga! For each correct answer students earned a point for their team and were able to move a Jenga block. At the end of the time, the team earned bonus points for how many rows high their Jenga towers were. If you would like my Jenga questions (subtracting fractions) for FREE click here.

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The third day, we played corn hole! For each correct answer, students earned a point for their team and were able to toss a bean bag. If the bag landed on the corn hole board they earned one bonus point. If the bag went into the hole in the board, they earned three bonus points.

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The fourth day, we played Trashketball! For each correct answer, students earned a point for their team and a shot at the trashcan. If they made their shots, they earned bonus points!

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The fifth day, we played Connect Four! The teams were given the same color post it notes, but were assigned to play on different Connect Four boards. The students were given 10 word problems. They had to write the question number and answer on the post it notes and place them on the Connect Four boards. They were only allowed to place one post it note at a time, couldn’t move any post it notes on the board including their own after it was placed. I was going around checking answers on the post it notes. If they had the correct answer, the post it note stayed on the board. If it was incorrect, I would take the note off the board and throw it away. Teams earn points for correct answers and bonus points for having four post it notes in a row.

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As a closing for each day, we do a Number Talk with the points they earned for the day and the previous day’s total. It is a great way to keep our mental math sharp and bring everyone back down to reality from the awesomeness of the games!

I cannot wait for the second week of games! it is going to be a BLAST!!!

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Multiple Representations

As a math teacher, I am constantly trying to get my students to give me more details, explain their thinking, represent their answers…it’s a struggle. After a training with Brenda Erwin I decided I needed to make a poster of one of her slides (and then of course one slide turned into 5 more).

Multiple Representations Posters

She suggested having students solve a problem using more than one point on the star. Encouraging them to answer with 2 or 3 points on the star. I loved the idea and hope to be putting it into practice more the second half of this year.

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Grab the posters HERE for FREE!!!

If you like the RACE image, I have it as a poster in all of my Moving Kids UP! products!

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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

Multiplying Whole Numbers

Dividing Whole Numbers

Comparing and Ordering Decimals

Rounding Decimals

Operations with Decimals

Powers of Ten with Whole Numbers and Decimals

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.

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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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More Math

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

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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?

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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.

Teach 5 Sample

Teach 5 Bundle

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!

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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.

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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!

  
Standard, EQ, and the Line of Learning

  
Math Practice and Answer Keys

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!

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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!

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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!

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