Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January Show and Tell Tuesday Linky

I am so happy to be participating in the first Show and Tell Tuesday hosted by Stephanie from Forever in 5th Grade. I think I am more excited to see what everyone else has to share. I love finding out what everyone else has been up to.
I have to admit I am a real slacker with my bulletin boards. When I put up a display, it stays up for a while. That's why I love displays that are not seasonal. (It's a little embarrassing when you still have turkeys hanging in mid December). 
For this display I had each student draw a picture of themselves in the middle of the page. They then came up with eight numbers that related to them. They could use their age, number of siblings, number of pets, month of their birthday, etc. The possibilities are endless. Using a sticky note, they covered the answer. On the sticky note, they wrote an expression that equaled the answer. This way anyone looking at the poster had to do math to figure out the answer. Hence the title "Figure Us Out!" They could check their answer by looking under the sticky note.
I did this at the beginning of the year as a get to know you/open house display. I think next year I am going to wait and do it after I teach order of operation. That way the students will be challenged to create more complex expressions
Speaking of Open House, I used this adorable idea from Crayons in the City. Each family that stopped by left with this cute treat. The thing is a had a bunch left over. So now when I am out for the day, I leave one in my sub folder. I figure it's a nice little thank you for taking care of my class while I am away. They would also be great to give to parent volunteers. You can get the labels for free here.
Be sure to head over to Forever in Fifth and check out what everyone else has to show and tell.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Order of Operations Hopscotch!

Looking for a way to get your students moving during math class? Check out my post on Focused on Fifth and see how I teach order of operations.

Monday, January 11, 2016

January What Are You Reading? Linky

The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor is what we will be reading this week.

One of my favorite things to do after reading this book is to have the students write about what it would be like to be trapped in a snow globe. They always have so much fun with this assignment, even my reluctant writers.

Here is the templates that I created for my students.
 The first one has the writing prompt at the top.
 The second page is for any student that needs more line to complete their story.
The final page is modified to accommodate those students that need more assistance to complete the assignment. 

We then combine the writing with this popular Pinterest idea.
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These writings always make the best hallway display!

Would you like a copy of my writing template? Click here to get the freebie.

I would love to hear about what you are reading this month.

Don't forget to head over the Focused on Fifth and see what the other 5th grade teachers are reading.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Pick 3: January Linky!

Looking for your monthly dose of inspiration!

I have seen this many times before and have always wanted to try it.  This pin will take you to a blog post that will walk you through the step by step process of making crystals.
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Here are 9 cute math games. Most are for early elementary students.
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I love using picture books to jump start a lesson. My third pick uses Caralyn Buehner book Snowmen at Night to get the students writing. Even though this freebie is geared to younger students I think this writing prompt could easily be adapted to work for my 5th graders. 
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