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!!!

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 →

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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

This BUNDLE includes:

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 all year long.

So many ideas were generated from Teach Like a Pirate and here is my FAVORITE!

It’s a Survivor Math Challenge!

While I was setting up my room I covered my windows and doors for privacy, but you would have thought a celebrity was in my classroom. Everyone wanted to know what was going on and I mean EVERYONE! All I was doing was moving the furniture around for the activity, but it added suspense.

I then put on my “costume” for the challenge which was a buff (similar to survivors).

This seemed to enhance the silly in all of the students, but they really enjoyed themselves and were doing math at the same time. I put this banner on the SMARTboard and gave no other information about the day or activity until it was time for math.

I also played the Survivor tribal council music while they were coming in and while I gave the directions for the game.

And now, THE CHALLENGE.

Students were split into two tribes to compete in this challenge. The tribes were then split into three groups. Group one were the crawlers. Students had to crawl under four desks and retrieve a bag or envelop from a stack of chairs. Each bag was under a chair that they had to remove before grabbing the bag and crawling back through the four desk.

Once all 3 bags and 1 envelop were brought back to the table group 2 took over.

Group 2 had to empty the three backs of fraction bars onto their table and put the fraction bars together. I gave them the fractions to make 1 whole out of a whole, halves, fourths, thirds, sixths, tenths, and twelves.

When Group 2 completed this it was Group 3’s turn.

Group 3 was not allowed to look at the fraction bars Group 2 put together. They would ask Group 2 questions which would help them put the fractions from within their envelop in order. Each group had the same fractions and their were 6 fractions to place in order on the number line.

It was great fun! The students had a BLAST! After each round of the game we would talk about how we knew the fractions went in the winning teams order.