As I continue to share new products, especially the vocabulary packets, I want to highlight a different part of the packet each time.
Today’s packet is over World War I and the piece out of each packet that I use no matter what is the interactive notebook pieces.
I have used these two different ways. 1. I have students cut out the pieces with the word and definition attached. We then fold them and glue one side down. We write the word on top so that they can see the word, try to remember the definition, and then flip it open to see the actual definition. 2. I have students cut out the definition and put a post it note on top of it (like pictures).
It helps the kids study their vocabulary. I have found many students turning back to the pages as we study, review, and discuss new standards. It’s awesome!
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 →
Years ago I had the pleasure of going through some training about different learners and how they learn. I have also had a good bit of training on interactive notebooks. Between the two I have come to LOVE having my … 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!
I have finally completed my historical figure packets and now offer a bundle. This bundle will save you $7.50 but still offer you all of the documents from each of the individual packets!
I love to teach the historical figures and have found that students work best in small group centers to learn about these figures. Grab this bundle here.
I hope in the future to add a map center to each historical figure packet and this bundle. I will offer this bundle free of charge to any teachers who have already purchased the bundle when that happens.
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
Post it notes
The notebook is divided into three sections:
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!