I did not write the directions on the quiz to save room. Please tell the students (or write it on the board) that if they see an improper fraction, they convert it to a mixed number. If they see a mixed number, they convert it to a fraction. I know this may seem blatantly obvious, but having tried these out on actual students, I found I needed to be explicit in my directions.
Winston Breen loves solving puzzles and stumping others with them. When his sister Katie finds some mysterious strips of wood in an old wooden box, Winston can't help himself. He must get involved. Soon it becomes clear that others with impure motives are interested in these wooden strips. Will Winston solve the puzzles ahead of the villains?
I also read the second book in this series. Winston and his friends spend a weekend at a famous piano player's mansion. The pianist sets up puzzle weekends to entertain his friends. Soon, Winston is faced with a real mystery when items begin to disappear.
A few weeks ago I was standing on the sidewalk outside of school monitoring the students as they get into cars, when a student asked me about my missing goldfish. I was puzzled a moment and then realized that his teacher must have found and used The Case of the Missing Goldfish. He told me about how he used the picture clues to solve the mystery. His teacher, my colleague, found it on Pinterest.
When I first started blogging, I felt weird about having colleagues read my work. I never tried to hide it, but I didn't advertise either. The longer I blog, the more people in my real life notice my online one.
This year at an all district training several colleagues told me they had looked at my Teachers Pay Teachers store and seen my work on Pinterest. They wondered if I was making millions of dollars yet.
When I solve a problem in my classroom, I assume others might have the same problem. I know the trend is to have students solve rigorous problems with lots of vocabulary, but sometimes I just want to know if my students understand how to manipulate the numbers.
I know it may seem obvious, but I have math materials that students can use to form equal groups using the denominator and then collecting the number of groups in the numerator. This physical manipulation is necessary even in the upper elementary grades where we think they should compute abstractly.
This is the first book in the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Alina discovers that she is a Sun Summoner with enormous power. She captures the attention of the Darkling who brings her to the royal court to be trained to use her gifts.
Alina is told that she will overcome the Shadow Fold, a dark unsea which divides the kingdom. As she begins training for this battle, she learns the truth about many things.
When I first started teaching, I was a substitute for several years. I loved visiting other classrooms and collecting ideas for my future classroom. This was before computers in every room, no internet, and no Pinterest. (I could never go back to that.)
Lately, I have been collecting and creating anchor charts and graphic organizers to teach and practice reading comprehension. I have collected far more ideas than I will ever use. While a few of the items are paid products (full disclosure here), many are free downloads or amazing charts created by some talented teachers.
As we read through a novel or a biography together, students record a character and the trait that creates problems and/or solutions for that character. This graphic organizer could be the basis for an anchor chart.
I love to teach elements of story in reading and writing. Because I enjoy reading character-driven fiction, it's natural that I emphasize this in my lessons.
Here is a simple graphic organizer to help students analyze a character and supply evidence from the text that demonstrates this trait.
For example, recently we read The Gollywopper Games as a class. Each of the children participating in the games demonstrated their character traits with words and actions. One character doesn't care to win; she just wants to be on TV. Two other characters cheat, but in different ways according to their characters. This tool helps students collect the dialogue and actions that show character.
Henry K. Larsen's family has been impacted by school violence, so his therapist wants him to keep a journal. This book is written in that form.
When Henry and his father move to a new city to start life over Henry wants his mom to join them, but she has her own concerns to overcome. This is the story of how a family copes when one of its members commits a serious crime.
Caution: I would not read this with my fourth graders, especially since we just had a school shooting in our area. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen is more appropriate for middle school and above. There is also condom reference which makes it more suitable for older students.
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