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


The Standards have Changed…AGAIN

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

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?


Curriculum Mapping…FREEBIE!!!

Have you thought about what you are going to teach next school year? I know I think about it constantly! In order to wrap my head around the curriculum from my school I need to break it down in a way that makes sense to me. As I was breaking it down this year it occurred to me that not everyone has these templates and many people charge money for them…SO here they are for FREE!

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Grab these templates here.

Organize your year by grading periods (9 weeks). This page will allow you to see they entire year on one page.

9 weeks

Organize by the month. This page allows me to break down my monthly expectations a little more.


Organize by the week. This begins to allow me to realistically plan my lessons each week.


These templates were created for teachers who teach it all, compartmentalize, or teach individual subjects! I hope these are helpful and get you thinking in a more organized fashion.

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Picture Standards are HERE!

A few weeks ago I posted a simple sample of the picture standards for third grade math. I commented the answer to which standard it was.

Picture Standard

Fluently add and subtract numbers within 1000 using strategies, algorithms, place value, properties of operations, and relating facts.

I have now finished all of the third grade math standards (whew…) and you can find them at Picture Standards on TpT.

These are a great way to help your visual learners understand the standards and get your students using their brains at the start of a unit/standard study. I hope to begin using these with my students in January and will post images of their work, but this is how I use them:

  1. Give each student the images for the new standard.
  2. Ask them to write (in pencil) what they think each picture represents.
  3. After two or three minutes go over what the pictures actually stand for.
  4. Have the students write the standard above (or below) the images.

Some of the standards do not have words that students fully understand (recognize, fluently, etc.). For these words not only do we write them above the picture, but we use post it notes to give us an easy way to remember these words. On top of the post it note we write the word from the standard and underneath we write a kid-friendly word to replace it with. For example, we might write “fluently” on top of a post it note and write “quickly” or “fast” underneath the post it note.

Although this is not a requirement for the math content standards it is a great way to let kids know what we are teaching them. Many schools require that we post standards in the classroom and many times we put up kid-friendly standards, but do the students really know what we are teaching or why? NO! Help your students understand better with this great resource!


Standards in Picture Form

We can write numbers in word form, standard form, expanded form, and picture form. But teaching what the standards are doesn’t happen often. Most teachers feel they are doing great if we have kid friendly standards posted in the room (me included). And man, you are awesome if you have your students put the standard in their notebook somewhere (I started this last year!). But do we ever break the standard down and actually talk about each word and its meaning with the kids? Most of us would say, “No.”

During MSP the past two years some of the presenters use picture form standards. They would have us guess each word of the standard based on the picture. We would then write the actual words above the pictures and sometimes write the kid friendly words in place of the actual words of the standards to help break it down for us.

I have been letting this idea marinate the past two years and have taken the plunge to break the third grade math standards down into picture standards. Take a look at this standard and comment with what you think the standard is in word form!

Picture Standard


Speaking and Listening Standards

Listening is so important! And honestly it is a skill that must be taught. This great article pointed out the reasoning and what is meant by the Common Core listening and speaking standards.

Improving Schools: What’s Behind the Speaking and Listening Standards?

After reading this I of course wanted to find cute, student-friendly standards to print for my classroom. Just because these are technically ELA standards does not mean I should not be teaching these in my math, science, and social studies class! Here are the standards I found and best of all they are FREE!

Speak Listen Standard