Saturday, October 27, 2012

Great Idea for Teacher Time

Small group time, or "Teacher Time"
is a great opportunity
for me to observe and evaluate how well the
students have learned and how well they
can perform the newly learned task.
I found a different way for the students to work with me, at my desk, without using paper or workbooks, yet they can still show me their Math "skills".
At the beginning of the year we provided our students with a white 3-ring binder in which they keep everything that they do and need for 5th grade.  It is sort of on the same lines as the BEE binder but with a much more Rad technique, of course.  :-)
Anyhow, I have the students bring their white binders and a dry erase marker to Teacher Time.  As you know, division requires practice, practice.......and dare I say....practice. 

PhotobucketSo, we practice together by writing on the BACK of the binders and yes, I even write on the back of mine.  They could not get enough of it and even the most rambunctious students stayed on task and worked hard.

I am aware that I could have used the small white boards in the same manner but for some reason the students preferred their own binders.  One student mentioned, "we can even do this at home". ...... Cha-Ching!!!! 

Have a great weekend fellow bloggers!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Freebie Friday - Exponents

happy, happy, joy, joy ......happy, happy, joy, joy
This week we moved away (let's bow our heads for a moment of silence) from 2 digit divisors............

NOW we are beginning Exponents. 

I created this Friday Freebie activity to introduce and reinforce the lesson's basic vocabulary such as base, exponent, multiplication form and standard form.

I copied this mat for everyone in the
group, placed it in a page protector and gave them a set of number cubes:

Click on the picture to go check out
the answer sheet and to get yours free.

 Blog On!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Boo-ed and Loving It!

Guess What!?!

Loving this cute little ghostly/chevron graphic and the
fun new linky it represents.
First of all, I want to give a shout-out to
 Leah at Learning 4 Keeps
for Booing me.  Be sure to link back and check out her blog.  Please tell her that I sent you. :-)

To join in the fun click on the following link:

Here are the rules:

Here are a few of my "favorite" October things:


My new "favorite" clipart pack made by
Learning 4 Keeps Design
...did I mention it is a freebie?
The cutest pumpkins you will ever see!


My First TPT creation.....

My First Math freebie......

My Fall wreath for this it!!!!

I have "Boo-ed" the following bloggers:

Erin at Adventures in Third Grade
...check out her cool Monster Week

Kristen a iTeach 1:1
...awesome RIP overused words activity


Sunday, October 7, 2012

"Fall"ing for Division Board Game

Hello everyone, after searching and scouring the internet for a division game with little to no luck, I decided that I would try to put one together myself.  I wanted a game that included 2 digit divisors, middle to high complexity and that would line up with both 5th grade state assessments and
Common Core standards. 

This pack includes a printable center directions page, 2 page fun pumpkin game board, 22 word problem division cards and Teacher help page.
All you will need to add is a die or number spinner per group and  a paper and pencil per student.
Here is an example of one of the questions:

This game is a great way to make division fun and
interesting and I hope you will find it helpful.
Please stop by my Teachers Pay Teachers store and check
out my new Division freebie as well.

Also featured on Charity Preston's

Classroom Freebies Too
Have a GREAT week everyone, Blog On!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Open Butta'

If I have learned anything over the past 17 years of teaching, it has been how to conduct a stress free and worry free open house.  As we left the building, last Tuesday evening promptly at 7:00 p.m., my team mate commented on how smoothly the meeting turned out to be.
Open house, in upper elementary,  provides an opportunity to communicate the fifth grade policies and procedures to the parents. We want the parents to know and understand everything that is expected of their child.  No guessing and no wondering...

So, I purchased a pre-made power point from TPT, cue music, and tweeked it to cover everything from the weekly homework log to the grading and discipline procedures.  I also included pictures and explanations for every subject area including the standards and upcoming Common Core.  
I tried to anticipate the questions that are usually asked 50 times and answer them once. 
Did I mention that I LOVE my Smartboard and  may have to retire if anything ever happens to it?
Here it is..............sigh....

Anyhow, around the room I also had three main stations:  sign-in sheet, Fall Festival volunteer sheet and a calendar for parent/teacher conferences.

Side note, I set up a chart that showed our progress towards the $350 Scholastic order for the 7,000 bonus points......WHICH WE GOT BY THE WAY!!!!!! whoot....whoot (Thanks to Laura Candler for the how-to pack.)

Finally, when the evening was finished we as teachers felt that we had successfully presented our information and the parents left seemingly comfortable about the upcoming year. 

I have included a few pictures of my room. 
Believe me when I say it is a work in progress.  :-)

 My Library
 Math Bulletin Board - Rockin' Fifth Grade Math


 Daily Organization

My pinterest make&take of the summer.

My Student Computers

I so love my job! 

Have a great week everyone, Blog on!


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