Monday, July 21, 2014

Mathematical Monday: New Multiplication Tags(Freebie) and Made It Monday

Even though I am teaching fifth grade, I am starting fact fluency the first week of school.  I am sure that many of my new kids will be rusty from the summer and I also have some inclusion students who can use more practice.  I believe that the children will be fresh and motivated to get started…or I hope!!!

I wrote a blog post a few years back and made VIP passes.  I wanted to create something new for this year.  Please check it out, the download is on the post.  

I will include fact practice and games during my guided math blocks and Moby Max on the computer.  (you need a subscription)The children can also do Moby Max at home.  We use timed tests in our district which I will administer 2x a week.  

This year I am going to use the tickets below in the same fashion, but I also added a division card…not sure if I'm going to use lanyards, I might just have them keep them in a library pocket in their math notebooks.  At the end of the year, we will have a VIP party.  

My made it Monday was on my computer.  I spent the day day labeling, sorting, copying all my files.  I spent most of the time organizing my clipart and papers.  Now I can find things so much easier.  I keep a file of things that need to get put on my zip drive before I file them.  I like the key chain USB and I always have my files with me at home and school.

Another project that was accomplished are banners for my Math and Science boards.  Check out the free pennant on TPT made by Amber Polk.  I love the bright colors in patterns.  Can't wait to hang them up!
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Scientific Saturdays: Science Inventory (Freebie)

A great way to start the school year is to do inventories.  It will give you a sense of how the children feel about a specific subject and some knowledge about what science topics they had in previous years.  

I teach in Massachusetts and the science standards are grouped for grades 3-5.  Each city develops their own curriculum based off the standards.  A child could move three years in a row and have the same standards taught and not have others.  Hopefully, we will be implementing the Next Generation standards next year that assigns topics to each grade.

I will also be at the Middle School and students are coming from three different schools. Although we follow a curriculum, I am sure that children have had some different experiences in fourth grade.  Another reason to use an inventory.

I will have the children share data  and create a class graph on the projector.  They will glue these into their science notebooks along with a graph.
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I have used many inventories for Reading but never thought to use one for science.  I got the idea from Science Penguin, here is her inventory.  I wanted to create my own so that the topics matched the areas that my students need to cover prior to their MCAS state testing in the spring.  Please visit her blog for  her inspiring postings.  She covers all grade levels and has many great ideas for any science classroom.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Five for Friday

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Adorable wreath for front door or classroom
Duct tape a large straw on binding to hold pencils…genuis!!!
Great back team building activity for B2S
Love the creative use of plastic tablecloths

Love this idea!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Top 10 Back-to-School Must Haves

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This is my first blogging post from August 11, 2011. It would be exactly the same, except that I now use an Erin Condren Planner.  I just had to buy a larger USB.

What is in your shopping basket this year?

Here are some of my favorite things to stock up on
for back-to-school and setting up my classroom!

#1  Mr. Sketch Markers
#2  Post-It Notes
#3  Chart Paper
#4  Good Stapler
#5  My USB
#6  Plastic Clear Folders

#7  Bic Flair Pens
#8 Personal Laminator
#9  Black Fadeless Paper and Black Card Stock
#10 My Teaching Binder/Plan Book

Here is my new Erin Condren Planner for 2014-2015. 
I bought one last year and loved using it.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mathematical Mondays: Math Notebooks and a Freebie!

I'm starting a new series to get me focused on my content areas that I will be teaching in the fall.  I will be featuring blog posts every Monday on ideas, lessons, literature, etc. that are centered on Math.  Please check back each week to see what's happening in my classroom or that I have discovered!

I love using math notebooks with my students.  I prefer using composition books so that the pages don't fall out…remind them to not rip pages out.  Keep your eyes open for the sales.
I have them set up the first few pages for the table of contents.  We use the back pages for chapter vocabulary.  I have them work backwards, right to left.

My first page is "Mathematician."  I shrink my journal pages down when I photocopy them so that they fit into their notebooks.  Click to get a copy of this FREEBIE.
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I created a Poster Set and Printable called "Words Problem Solving." It is available on TPT.  It is a set of three posters to hang on your math wall/board.  There are 2 small versions to glue in their notebooks notebooks.  

I printed out my set which I will laminate and hang on printed background paper for my "Monday Made It Linky Party.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Scientific Saturdays

I am starting a new weekly post called "Scientific Saturdays."  I am getting myself prepared to teach Science every day for a whole period…TWICE.  A lot different than squeezing it in for 15-20 minutes whenever I could.  My hope is to post things that I'm actually doing with my students, but for now it will be a variety of things that I have been finding and planning.

My first focus is setting up my classroom.  I have many questions about what a fifth grade middle school room looks like.  I don't want it to be too babyish, but I still want it to be ME.

My first plan is the big bulletin board.  Here are the boards that are inspiring me:
I want one big science wall with things that will stay all year and some things will change.
I hope to take pictures of the kids doing science each month and have them create the posters.  
My goal is to have them blog on my classroom page.
I just love this guy and would love to have a scientist on my board.
I will have these posted on my Science Wall
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