Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday's Five Fabulous Finds

This is my last Friday before school starts.  Where did the summer go???  The infamous question that is said every year.  I worked for most of it but did have time for some fun.  

I have many big changes happening.  Both of my daughters will be moving out, one is going back to college and one is buying her own place.  I will have an empty nest as I start the new school year.  I am looking forward to meeting 2 brand new group of fifth graders.  This is when I miss my old classes.  I will also have a new principal and that means changes.  

As the summer comes to an end, I am ready to to get started!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pencils Problems (free printables)

Why does every lesson begin with the following...
Mrs. Hall I need a pencil!!!
I need to sharpen my pencil!
Can I go to my locker to get a pencil???

Working at the Middle School and having my fifth graders switch classes for the first time can be quite challenging. Every time I start a lesson, it is interrupted several times.  Some days it can take 10 minutes to get started.  To help alleviate this problem this year I am trying two new strategies. 

#1 Pawsitive Points
Click here for link
The purpose of this sheet is to keep all your paw points for the quarter.  I want my students prepared for class, that means they have all their personal materials for each class, including sharpened pencils. I will give them 25 paws and they can earn leveled rewards for their paws remaining.  Rewards could be homework coupons, extra quiz points, lunch with teacher, electronic time, etc.   I will work with my teaching partner to decide on the incentive for the first term.  Our school mascot is the panther and our colors are orange and black.  I am printing these on orange cardstock and they will be punched and put into their binders.
#2 Borrow a Pencil
I will keep several pencils on the board ready to borrow.  It will cost one "Pawsitive Point" to use one of mine.  The hope is that the children will be prepared and this will also allow a quicker start.  (I teach them to get things ready during homeroom for the day and sharpen when they enter the room. ) 
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Scientific Saturdays: It's All Greek(and Latin) To Me!

One of the standards I taught as an ELA fourth grade teacher was the roots of words.  Now that I am a fifth grade math and science teacher I use roots to introduce many vocabulary words.  Let's be honest...I still rely on roots to break apart academic words that I don't know or have to differentiate like geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.
I purchased a unit several years ago on TPT and recently stumbled across it again on  Pinterest.  I was thrilled to find out that the product had been updated, and now includes more science and math roots. I love that you can download purchased products for free on TPT.  This was exactly what I needed for a new bulletin board in my room.  The best part was that I already owned it!!!  I linked the product below.
Link to TPT

Here are samples of math and science roots.
I just finished printing out a bunch of roots(three cards on a page) and made a title.  I plan to laminate them all next.

 I want to introduce one math and science root each week to get started.  ( I might do it by units once I get going)  I will also add a root page in my science and math notebooks for the kids to write down the words we learn.

I uploaded my bulletin board title.  You can download it for free with the link below.

Check out an old post Getting to the Root
for ideas that I have used in the past!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Notebooking Caddy

I am tired of my whole class getting up to get supplies when we work on our notebooks.  To help with this pet peeve of mine, I have made notebook caddies for each group.  I will put them in my cabinet when we are not using them, so supplies don't magically disappear. 

Each caddy has one bottle of Elmer's white glue, 3 glue sticks, 2 pairs of scissors, small ruler and an eraser.  I numbered each item with permanent marker (nothing fancy). I bought orange to match the glue!!!

My students are trained to bring me the empty gluesticks for a new one.  This helps make them more responsible for their items.  My glue supply lasted the whole year.  I use this technique with pencils.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Matter Really Matters with a Freebie

I have finished another science product just in time for the one day only sale at TPT, August 19th.  It is a fifth grade NGSS science unit on "Matter" but can be used for any intermediate grade level (3-5).

It is a collection of posters, foldables, labs, recording sheets, 
projects and much more!  Can be used for notebooking.

Check out my blog post with samples of the flipbook below.  
There is a link for the flipbook template.  Click here for link.

Click for Free Link

TPT link to my store
Use the code MORE15

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bananagram Challenge MA, CT & RI

Do you teach grades 4, 5 or 6 in MA, CT or RI?  
If Yes, then read below....
I just signed up!!!

"Are you familiar with BANANAGRAMS? It’s a super fun game, and can also serve as a wonderful resource for educators. This is why during the 2015-2016 school year, we are hosting our first ever BANANAGRAMS School Challenge! The Challenge is open to schools in MA, CT and RI! Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 can participate. 

It is completely FREE for teachers to register. In January 2016 we will send out the School Challenge packs with everything the teacher needs to participate (at absolutely no cost!). Including two BANANAGRAMS games to keep as a classroom resource. "

Click the link below to sign up: