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 →
Have you heard about Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset? A ton of schools are moving to a Growth Mindset initiative. It inspires to kids to celebrate their growth and not be defeated by their scores. I have looked at a … Continue reading →
Open House is tomorrow and I am nervous! My new school has a 5 hour Open House! I have never been a part of an Open House that lasts so long…5 HOURS!!! It should be interesting. This year my stations … Continue reading →
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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!
Steve Reifman wrote The First Ten Minutes about how to start the school day in a way which will help all students. I enjoyed this book greatly but had a difficult time trying to start these routines back in January. I do plan to start this next school year using Reifman’s routines…to an extent.
My Morning Meetings will have three parts:
Morning Moods will be where students tell the class a number (1-10) which will indicate how their day is going so far. Students will not elaborate, but students or myself may check in with the student throughout our class time together.
Motivational Moments will be different each day. They will include things like manners, character education, review of the school-wide behavior plan, quotes, and sharing.
Magic Movements are the movements described in Reifman’s book. They are intended to wake the mind up while calming the student down.
I have created a power point presentation to teach students about how this will work each day. You can get the Morning Meetings Freebie here.