Friday, October 30, 2015

November Freebie!

Halloween is tomorrow, which means that I already thinking about Thanksgiving. I love this time of the year with all of the festivities! 

There is one special surprise that I have for you today! If you leave feedback on any of my paid products between November 1, 2015 and November 3, 2015 you will receive a November freebie from my store! My Thanksgiving Dinner Decimal Center  is the newest product in my store and I am super excited for you to try it! 

This product includes 12 task cards for decimal operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Six of the task cards included in this product are standard algorithm, while six are word problems. This product could be used in small groups, as a classroom center or a classroom scoot. Also included in this product is the answer key and recording sheet for student use. 
Grab this freebie while you can! 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Figurative Language

Halloween week is one of my favorite times of the year! I'm always a little sad to see it go, but I know that Thanksgiving and Christmas are soon to follow. Here in 5th grade we are trying to get as much spooky in as we can before October 31st comes and goes. 

In reading we are beginning our unit on figurative language which meets the 5th grade standard for literature in craft and structure R.L.5.4 determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes. I begin with figurative language in general, most of the time my kids have a pretty good understanding of what is literal and what is figurative so I've finally found a text that challenges them enough!

 "The Highway Man" by Alfred Noyes is a spooky poem that really sets the Halloween mood, and it keeps my students interested. Although this poem has some mature content in its second part, I find that the first part catches students interest and challenges them. 

I begin with modeling for my students how to identify figurative language while reading, I don't specifically focus on any type of figurative language, I am just trying to get my kiddos to pick out what is literal what what is figurative. Then, I model how I form my own interpretation of the figurative language. We spend ALOT of time talking about interpretations and what that means. 
The best part of this lesson is getting to listen to how students interpret the figurative language and to see if they can summarize the story! I also hit on the following standards while working with this text, although it is not my focus. 

Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

If you are interested in using this activity in your own classroom, you can find it at my TPT store for only $1.00! That is a great deal if you ask me. I hope you enjoy your Halloween week and get into some spooky stories! 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

October Freebie

I feel like I start off every post about how crazy my week was so I guess that means all of my weeks are crazy. This was our first week back from fall break and it was a wild one. October is one of my favorite months, insert basic white girl talk about pumpkin spice everything and fall weather, so once we came back from fall break it was October explosion in my classroom. 

We began comparing and ordering decimals this week and number lines are a must! I had some of these candy corn decimal cards that I'm not sure where they came from and I had a wonderful idea. Why not use those cards for students to make number line with. 

They. Loved. It. The weather was wonderful so my fellow 5th grade teacher and I took the whole 5th grade out side to compare and order decimals. First, we started with groups of five and then continued until we had our whole class in order from least to greatest. The kids were so engaged and it was so interesting to see what strategies they had for organizing everyone. 

So, what I have for you is a Candy Corn Craze Freebie. There are 14 candy corn card with decimals on them that you can use for a whole class number line, comparing war center game or many other activities. Also, there is a exit clip with comparing decimals including the answer key. I hope that you enjoy and please leave feedback. 

I hope this freebie can help bring some October into your classroom and help your kiddos with ordering decimals! Happy Fall Ya'll! 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October Currently

It's my favorite month and my favorite linky! I love to link up with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade to read about what everyone else is up to! Even though I'm four days late I still couldn't resist linking up  for this October currently. 

My sweet dog, Ruger, has been playing outside all day at my mom's house with the other dogs. Let me say he is worn out laying on the couch beside me snoring away. 

This is a great Sunday night for me since I am on Fall Break all next week. The weather here in Kentucky is starting to cool down and I'm looking forward to spending some time with my mom and getting my house ready for Halloween. 

October is my favorite month because of Fall Break the cool weather, Halloween and the color of the leaves. I'm not sure why, but Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and October just makes me happy. 

Potato soup is my favorite soup ever and since its officially fall 
I am really needing some potato soup in my life. 

I need to finish up some laundry, but isn't that what Fall Break is for? I'd rather spend some time cuddled up with my dog and husband on the couch watching football instead. The laundry will be there tomorrow. 

Painting my nails always makes me feel more beautiful and put together. Last night I put one of my favorite colors, Pat on the Black. 

I can't wait to see what everyone else is up to on the start of October.