I have been working really hard to get better at grouping students during math in order to really meet everyone's needs in terms of skill. A great and easy way to do this was suggested to me by my co-worker, Monster Wrangler Mike. He has been using it since last year and has seen great results with helping to create differentiated groups and help students that are struggling to ... Read More about Quick Check Board for Forming Small Groups
One of my new favorite writing activities for the beginning of the school year is writing using the 5 senses. One of my goals for my 5th graders is to really get them to find their creative side and get their writing to have more rich detail in it. I find that when they get really excited about what they're writing, their writing improves drastically. The first thing I do is bring ... Read More about Writing with the 5 Senses
This past weekend I was incredibly lucky to meet a bunch of other teacher bloggers from Georgia (and even Tennessee!). We met for lunch in Atlanta and most of the group even went on an excursion to Ikea afterwards to grab some fun new items for their classrooms. We received adorable goodie bags from Nicole of Lanier's Lions filled with sweet treats that are native to Georgia (a ... Read More about Georgia Blogger Meetup!!!
I'm not typically a very crafty person, but I'm trying to get a little bit more creative and hands-on with decorating my classroom this year. I have been doing a lot of research on Pinterest and talked with a several other teachers about great ideas for sprucing up my room and was extremely interested in making crate seats. I've seen several pictures of different color concepts ... Read More about Crate Seats!!!! My First Pinterest Project for My Classroom!
Well I just got back from 10 glorious days in Italy and I have to say that I think I mastered the jet lag! I had an amazing time with a friend from college as we traveled to Milan, Lake Como, Cinque Terre, Florence, Orvieto, and finally, Rome. I had some incredible food, bought a few souvenirs, and had quite an experience with the locals. This was my 4th trip to Italy, so most of ... Read More about My Trip to Italy and a Foreign Currency Project FREEBIE!
Do you need help practicing dictionary skills with your students? This fun, low-prep, free reference skills game will get your students excited about finding definitions, pronunciations, and more about various words in the dictionary. What skill does this cover? 5L4.c. Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation ... Read More about Test Prep Fun: Reference Skills