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

# Tag Archives: Math

# 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!

# 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!

# The Last Teach 5 Packet Available Now!

I have finally finished the 4th nine weeks packet of Teach 5 materials for you all. (Snow days are amazing days to complete work like this!)

Grab it today here.

# Survivor Math Challenge # 1

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.

Grab your Survivor Math Banner here for FREE!

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.

What an awesome class in third grade math!

Shine the Light,

# Teach 5 Packet

I have completed a simple packet of 3rd Grade Teach 5s for the first 9 weeks of school (sorry all other grade levels)! Currently this packet has 9 weeks worth of Teach 5 sheets. ~~I am hoping to provide a larger packet later with answer keys included, but for now no answer key (sorry 😦 )~~.

I just finished the packet with answer keys, a standard outline for the nine weeks, instructions for how to set up your groups, and the amount of time which should be given for each step of Teach 5 each day ( go me!).

This packet can be found here and is a great review strategy for third grade math. If you are interested in how to use Teach 5 or create your own check out this post!

I credit much of my students’ math success to Teach 5 and continue to edit and mold how I use this great teaching time in my classroom!