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Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Monday! Volume 4 of Common Core 5th Grade Morning Work Freebie

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Happy Monday Ya'll!  Holy Moly!  I've been SO busy!  My husband's travel schedule has been off. the. chain.  School has been extremely busy, national board projects are about to begin, and I'm training for my first half marathon!  WHOA!!!  I'm loving every minute of it, but it's definitely been busy being a single mom so much during the week while tackling everything mentioned above.  Any who, I've created week 4 of my daily dozen spiraling morning work.  I've linked up with Manic Monday Classroom Freebies to share this freebie with you.  You can grab your copy by clicking on the screen shot of it below.  The morning work is a combination of several resources with my own spin on some of the problems and/or directions.  If you're using it I would love to hear from you!  Have a great week and check back often for more freebies! :)))

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Sunday with a Freebie!

Freebie Fridays

Happy Sunday!  I had every intention of posting on Friday, but I fell asleep in the living room before 9:00pm!!!  Clearly I was tired!  When I finally made it upstairs to go to sleep I woke my husband up with more snoring!  School is definitely keeping me busy this year!  Any who, I've finally gotten around to creating volume 3 of my spiraling morning work freebie series.  Click the picture below to download your free copy.  

I had planned to get them all out during the summer months, but I didn't so now I'm just creating them a week at a time.  I hope you're able to use them and have experienced success with them.  They are a combination of several teaching resources that I like.  I've changed some of the names, directions, or problems to best fit what I need.  Stay tuned next week for volume 4 to come your way!  Have a fantastic week! :))))

Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy Friday With Two Common Core 5.NBT.1 Freebies!

Freebie Fridays

Happy Friday Ya'll!  I'm back to post two 5.NBT.1 freebies for you!  If you're interested in either one, just click the picture for your copy to download.  The first freebie is something I created to send home for homework.  There are two to a page (to save paper).  I don't believe children need 20 problems to show mastery.  I like to only send home 5-10 math problems at any given time for practice.  Please let me know if you use.  Also, if there's anything out there you would like to see me create and share on the blog.  

Student Workstation/Center Recording Sheet

The second picture is my version of a fun center to practice standard, expanded, and word form with dice.  I can't find the original idea, but it was a paid product geared towards lower grades.  I just tweeked the idea to fit 5th grade and made it free.  Basically, you differentiate the workstation by determining the number of dice student use to create a number.  You could also differentiate by having students write the equation to the power of 10 instead of in expanded form for those high fliers you may have.  If any of this is unclear, please let me know and I would be happy to explain or post a picture of one of a completed sheet from my students.  Have a fantastic weekend!  Until next week! :)))

Thursday, September 12, 2013

MIA No More! :))

Happy Friday Eve!

I'm so very sorry for being MIA the past several weeks!  I'm back to work at school and my husband's travel demands for his job have significantly increased; of course, at the very beginning of the new school year!! Grr!!  Anyway, that coupled with my baby getting a spider bite and following off the toilet on the first day/night of all days while the hubby was out of town.  After a super long ER visit into the wee hours of the early morning our baby got the medicine and help she needed to get better.  Did I mention that the craziness referenced above happened on the. first. day. of. school???!!  Oh, and guess who had a  substitute teacher on the 2nd day of school??  Yep, you guessed it!  ME!!  Who does that???  Well, apparently I do!!  Anyway, now I'm finally starting to get caught up on life and school so I can blog regularly again. :))

All of that being said, I've posted below some pictures of my classroom now that I'm in full swing of the new year.  I also took a video of my class and will upload it hopefully this weekend for anyone interested to view.  The beginning of last year was a nightmare for a lack of better words CHAOTIC!!  I went from being a Kindergarten teacher to a 5th grade teacher in a blink of an eye.  I didn't like the teacher I was for the first few months of school.  I LOVED who I became as a 5th grade teacher as the year went on.  This new school year is essentially my "do over" time to be the teacher I want to be for my kiddos.  Several things are new to my class this year, but it's already making a difference!  Let me know your thoughts.  I sure enjoy looking at all of the fabulous classrooms out there!  Thank you so much for following my blog!  I'm so very thankful for you, your blogs, comments, and ideas shared!  Have a wonderful and restful Friday!
Our class pledge we say every morning after the pledge of allegiance.  The hands are made from my kiddos because they pledge to be their best each day.

This is our class data board.  It now has more data points and the children enjoy analyzing how we're doing currently with things.

Student work display with the "I AM" collage hanging.

One of my favorite quotes we read each day at dismissal from the famous Dr. Seuss.

Our writing "nook" the word wall has popcorn hanging where the words and definitions hang.  The word wall has our wordly wise vocabulary words and is portable.

A view of my class from the back of the classroom

I'm loving all of my truffula trees added this year.  The calender was new also from Michaels.