Saturday, March 21, 2015

Great Depression Poster Project Freebie

A few months ago, my class created some old-school Great Depression Poster Projects. I know we are in the technology age, but many of my students don't have access to computers outside of school. In order to give them an assignment that could be completed 100% outside of classroom, I had to keep it old school. :D

I gave the students a requirement page that explain the goal and expectations of the poster. Here is the printable that I used:

And here is a rubric for easy scoring.

Here are some of the examples of the posters turned! Many of the students went above and beyond the requirements and included more illustrations and explanations than required.

Click here to download the requirement printable and the rubrics!

Do you still do poster projects with your students?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lucky You! {St. Patrick's Day Freebie}

 It may be Friday the 13th (yuck!), but I have teamed up with some great blogger friends to bring you some LUCK and some great freebies! Some of these freebies are St. Patrick's Day themed and some are not, so check them all out to see which ones you can use!

My "Golden Freebie" for you is a recently updated resource on perimeter and area. This resource includes an area and perimeter reminder poster, a foldable (two versions), and task cards. I have included different versions so that this can be useable for grades 3 through 5.

 This poster and foldable are new to the resource, so if you downloaded this last year, make sure you grab the revisions!

 Even though this has a "St. Patrick's Day" feel to it with the Irish flags, it could definitely be used throughout the year. Click on the cover to grab your free copy today!

Now that you have snagged my freebie, click on the icon below to head over to Lopez Land Learners for another freebie and to continue the hop!

Lopez Land Learners

AND, I am also linking up with my friends at Upper Grade Memoirs for an Easy as Pi link up that will be live 3/14! This resource fits right into that category! It is so easy to use with the options available (keep it low prep with the foldable only or splurge a little and print and laminate the task cards). Click on the image below to check out the linky with the other Easy as Pi resources!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Snow Day Measurements & Freebie {Math is Real Life}

It's the first Wednesday of March which means it's time for our monthly linky - Math IS Real Life!! If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!
If you are linking up, please include the below picture AND a link back to all four of our blogs - feel free to use the 2nd image and the links listed below!


A monthly REAL WORLD math blog link-up hosted by
I don't know about where you live, but there is something about snow in the South that has people getting bread, milk, and measuring tapes! We recently had a pretty good amount of snow for North Georgia (although it was melted within two days...womp womp). All over Facebook, people were posting their measurements of the snow. Perfect application of Math in real life!

Here is a night time shot of the snow measurement in my city.

And a early morning shot to show the night time accumulation.

And, yes, that is something to post about on Facebook in these parts. ;)

After looking at these pictures, I started thinking this was a perfect math application of measuring, reading a ruler, determining fractional amounts on a ruler, subtracting fractional amounts to determine the night time accumulation. We have been working on fraction computation, so I decided to whip up a printable to have my students show what they know.

This will be a great way to "break the ice" when we return from almost a week off of school!

Click here to download your copy of this printable.

Don't forget to check out the other MIRL posts below! Check back over the next few days - more will be added!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What Can You Put In An Interactive Notebook? {Freebie Included}

The day before our mid winter break, I snapped a few pictures of my favorite interactive notebook pages from our Math Notebooks. I thought I would share these pages as a diverse look at all the different items that can go in an interactive notebook. 
1. Interactive Word Problems

I love using our interactive notebooks for word problems! Word problems should and are a daily part of my instruction, so of course they need to be represented in our notebooks. These particular interactive word problems are printed two to a page. The students solve the problem on the notebook space and write their solution on the lines. Click to check these out in my store: 4th grade version and 5th grade version.

2. Foldables

My students love foldables! We use these for computation and for word problems in addition to the interactive word problems posted above. Below are pictures from my Interactive Student Notebook for 5th Grade. These word problems focus on multiplying fractions by fractions.

3. Practice Pages

Sometimes I even zoom down (80% works perfectly with composition notebooks) a great worksheet to use in our notebooks. Something about cutting and gluing a worksheet into a notebook makes it a tad more fun. ;) This particular page is from my Multiplying and Dividing Fractions Unit.

4. Notes/Tips/Reminders Posters

This is one of my favorites. Sometimes I give my students a completed poster to glue into their notebook. Other times I give them a partially completed poster and we fill in the rest together. This is an example from my Subtracting Mixed Numbers with Regrouping Unit.
 And here is another example from my Modeling Multiplying and Dividing Fractions Resource.

Now for the freebie! As mentioned above, sometimes I like to type up quick tips posters to help the students work more efficiently. Here is an example of a poster that I made and the students completed and glued in their notebooks. This one goes over the three ways that I teach my students to make denominators the same.

Click here to download a copy of this free poster.

Do you use Interactive Notebooks in your classroom? What do they look like?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Differentiated Fraction Tasks {And FREEBIE Computation Challenge}

If any skill will be the death of me, it is definitely Fractions! They are so hard for 5th graders to wrap their heads around. And the standards for 5th grade? Gah, I remember learning some of these standards in middle school! But, unfortunately, they must be taught. In order to make Fractions a bit more tolerable, I created Fraction Tasks and Challenges resource with a CHOCOLATE theme! I mean, who doesn't love chocolate?

Not only are they Chocolate themed, but they are also of BOTH worlds! Here is an example of a task for comparing fractions. P.S. These two tasks are available for FREE in the preview file of this resource....but that is not the only freebie..keep reading for another freebie.

Here is a more detailed breakdown of the levels:

•Level 1: This level is the simpler level. This level may contain simpler numbers (Examples: like denominators, smaller factors, etc), models, equation scaffolds, or thinking prompts. These levels would work best for 4th grade students or struggling 5th and 6th grade students.

•Level 2: This is an on-grade level task or challenge that is geared toward 5th grade standards. This level would work with below level 6th graders or advanced 4th graders.

Here is why I love these tasks so much! Each task includes multiple steps and requires the students to prove their answers with models, equals, and explanations.

The tasks are great at helping students practice organizing information presented in lengthy tasks or word know, the ones that make teachers cringe when we see them on standardized tests.

This pack includes so many Fraction skills! Too many to list out, so here is a shot of the Table of Contents with all the tasks and skills listed.

If you think this resource may be helpful to you, check it out by clicking here.

Now, for the freebie! We are knee deep in Fractions now, and my students are getting a tad bit (read: A LOT) confused when it comes to all the steps and different models/algorithms. We have a mid-winter break coming up, so I created a Fraction Computation Challenge for them to complete over the break. Take a look!

I left off any reference to a break, so you could use this challenge at any time of the year. Click here to download your copy!

What is the skill that you dread teaching or that is the most difficult for your kids?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Math is Real Life {5.NF.3 Freebie!}

It's the first Wednesday of February which means it's time for our monthly linky - Math IS Real Life!! If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!
If you are linking up, please include the below picture AND a link back to all four of our blogs - feel free to use the 2nd image and the links listed below!


A monthly REAL WORLD math blog link-up hosted by
This is probably the oddest freebie I will ever share on my blog, but it matches my post and it would spark an interesting conversation in the classroom, so here goes!

My sons love Spam. The thing with Spam is people either love it or hate it. Well, my kids could eat it every day of the week if I let them. The other day I was making them some Spam as an afternoon snack. While it was cooking, Blake (my youngest) was counting the Spam that was cooking and trying to determine how much each person would get if we split it equally. There were 13 pieces of Spam and 4 people. At first, he said each person would get 3 1/2 pieces, but we worked together to figure out that the leftover piece would need to be cut into fourths not halves. He was really proud of himself when he discovered he had solved a 5th grade math problem (5.NF.3)!

Here he is:

And here is a a Spam freebie for your students to practice this skill and standard. Click on the image to download.

Do you like Spam? Love it? Hate it?

Don't forget to check out the other MIRL posts below! Check back over the next few days - more will be added!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Preparing Students for Online State Tests

A few weeks, my team and I were told that there was a possibility that our 5th graders would be taking the state test online this year. Yikes! I immediately knew that I needed to up my game when it came to getting my students on the computer for assessments. (Note: I do not have 1:1 devices. Instead, we have a handful of computers and tablets to use.) After asking a few teacher friends, I was introduced to I spent only a few minutes checking it out before I knew that this was a game changer and exactly what I needed to prepare my students. I wanted to share some of the features of this website that I love and take you on a quick walk through the website.

After registering your students, you will need to find or create assignments for them. This post will focus on using the assignments on the website already.

You will begin at your home page. I already have a few active assignments in progress, as you can see.

 To find assignments, click on the Assignments Library from the Assignments menu.

From there you will have a few search options. You can search by topic or CCSS code from this screen.

I prefer to use the Common Core Hierarchy Search Option. From there you can click on the links to find the grade, domain, and specific standard that you are looking wanting to assess.

For this search, I clicked on the Reading Standards for Literature Domain (versus a specific standard). Here are some of the 75 choices (how awesome to have that many to choose from!) that pulled up. From this view, you can see the title of the assignment and the specific standards as well as the subject, grade, and tags.

Once you decide on an assignment, I always prefer to view the assessment from the Student View. Here are some shots from one of the assignments. I love the variety of questions available through the assignments (multiple choice, highlight the sentence, arrange the sentences, and there are so many other options available on this site!)

Once you have decided on an assignment, you will need to "Save" the assignment from the Teacher View. This will ask you to confirm the change from Draft to Active. Making it active will put in your Assignment Library.

Once you confirm that you want it active, it will then give you option to Assign this assessment to your students.

After clicking Assign, a list of your students will pull up. You can send the assignment to all the students or send to as many students as you want. This will enable you to differentiate your assignments. (It must have been super late when I set my class up---Can you see what I named my class by accident! haha)

Let's take a quick look at how it looks after your students submit an assignment to you. Once you are ready to view the results of an assignment, you will click on the "Report" button beside the assignment on your home page.

This screen will pull up as default, which is the Grade by Student. You will be able scroll down the list and see the score that was automatically scored (everything but the questions they have to type in). I love that you can also see the total time spent.

Another option is the Grade by Question. From this screen, you can view how your students did on specific questions.

If your assessment has constructed response questions, you will need to go in and score the response. You will click on Grade by Student, then on the students' name. You will then click on the question that needs to be scored (Question 5 in this example.)

When you are ready to score, you click on the orange button that says Scoring, Rubric, and Remarks. It will pull up a pop up menu where you can score the assignment and even leave remarks for the student. Love the option to send them remarks!

I have also been using this website to have the students type extended essays. I will try to post later this month or next about that option as well as other question types that you can create on the website.

How are you preparing your students for online state assessments? To see even more great websites that are great for prepping kids for assessments, online or not, click on the image to read my post at Upper Grade Memoirs!

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