Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I'm on Kidblog: Three Types of Math Problems

I have been using the paid version of Kidblog this year to give my students another platform to publish their writing.  I started with book reviews so that students could share what they were reading with others and get suggestions for a new read.

To download the book review checklist I use with this assignment, click here.

After using them for a few months, Kidblog invited me to write a post about blogging in math.  I wrote three types of problems for my students to solve and discuss online.  You can read about my experiences here.

Overall, I have been pleased with the Kidblog experience.  I have been able to guide my students to better digital citizenship because of the teacher controls they offer.

I am happy to answer any questions you might have about blogging in the classroom.




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Quote of the Week -- April 23, 2017



"Reading -- the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay."

William Stryon

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley


Louisa Brody's Pa is arrested for stealing from the neighbors and Louisa is forced to stay with him until the sheriff can sort things out.  Louisa and her friend Jessamine discover the creature who has actually been taking things from both houses.  Can they convince the judge and sheriff that Pa is innocent?


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Quote of the Week -- April 16, 2017


"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."

Louis Smedes

Happy Easter to my Christian readers.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Equivalent Expressions Exit Tickets


Here is the third in a series of exit tickets I have created for my fifth graders.  We have been using the district adopted curriculum, but often I need a quick check on a concept to see if they understand it before we move on.

This set of six focuses on using distributive property to create equivalent expressions.  We have already spent time in class reading and drawing models of how distributive property works.  Now I want to know if they can use it.

To download my Equivalent Expressions Exit Tickets that focus on Distributive Property from my Google Drive, click here. All of my math activities come with an answer key.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Quote of the Week -- April 9, 2017


"If you fell down yesterday, stand up today."

~H. G. Wells

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle


When Tony's mother is sent to prison for dog-fighting, Tony is sent to live with an uncle he has never met.  He meets Gabe, a search and rescue dog, and he experiences the love of community and a new way of life. 

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle is told in free verse from Tony's and Gabe's perpectives.


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Quote of the Week -- April 2, 2017


"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."

~Babe Ruth

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Combine Like Terms Exit Tickets


Right now I am teaching a sixth grade algebra unit to my fifth grade gifted students.  I am creating several sets of exit tickets for quick formative assessment.  Today I want to share with you my set of exit tickets for combining like terms.

I call them exit tickets, but they could be used at the beginning of a lesson to assess what students already know or as small group work for struggling students.  

To download Combine Like Terms Exit Tickets with answer key from my Google Drive, click here.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Quote of the Week--March 26, 2017


"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz


Flora's life begins, like most pigs, on a farm with her sisters and brothers, but she has an ambition to become a sled pig. When she finds herself on a ship headed to Antarctica, she thinks her dream is coming true.  How can Flora prove she is worth more than bacon?

Chris Kurtz's The Adventures of a South Pole Pig reminded me of Wilbur in Charlotte's Web.




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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Quote of the Week--March 19, 2017


"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."

~Confucius

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Quote of the Week--March 12, 2017


"It always seems impossible until it's done."
~Nelson Mandela

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Kid by Tim Green


My students are reading and recommending two books by Tim Green: New Kid and Kid Owner.  I haven't yet read Kid Owner, but as popular as it is with my sports fans, it is on my reading list.

New Kid is about a baseball player whose dad suddenly moves him from one town to another and changes his name.  A prank gone wrong gets the attention of the local baseball coach and soon Tommy AKA Brock is recruited to an elite team.  Will Tommy's father let him play?  Will he have to move to a new town because of his fame?







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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Quote of the Week--March 5, 2017



"The person who climbs the mountain is stronger than the person who rides a helicopter to the top."

~Unknown

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Order of Operations Exit Tickets



This two-page freebie is a set of exit tickets I used when I taught Order of Operations to my fifth graders this year. Like all of my paid and free math materials, Order of Operations Exit Tickets include an answer key on the second page.


To download Order of Operations Exit Ticket with Answer Key, please click here.


Coded Messages Order of Operations is a set of math problems where students use Order of Operations to fill in a function table and decode messages. You can purchase this product and others in the Coded Messages series in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and my Teacher's Notebook store.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Quote of the Week -- February 26, 2017



"You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader."

Henry Ford

Have a good week,


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Eddie Red Undercover by Marcia Wells



Eddie Red's real name is Edmund Xavier Lonnrot.  When he witnesses a crime, he begins to work for the police department. Eddie uses his photographic memory and sketches to locate the criminal, but not before he puts himself in danger.






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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

UFO Scene Writing Prompt

Our adopted writing curriculum spends a lot of time on writing several drafts of large projects.  Students work on these over several weeks.   I find it helpful to supplement with several short projects that are different genres and only take a day or two.

Science fiction is popular, but not emphasized in the upper elementary curriculum.  Here is a suggested prompt for students to work on a scene that capitalizes on the current interest in science fiction.
A ship from outer space lands in your back yard.  The creature inside asks you to go with him because you have a skill that can save his planet.  On another piece of paper, write what happens in several paragraphs.  Make sure your scene includes action, dialogue, inner thought and description.

To download the UFO Scene Writing Prompt, please click here.  This freebie is a blog exclusive.
 
Writing Science Fiction with Intermediate Students is a product in my Teaching Genre series.





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