Sunday, August 2, 2015

Back to School "In a Flash" Curriculum Must Haves

I can't believe that August is here!  July was a good month to me and my family and we were not ready for it to end.  But we are excited for the back to school season.  Back to school time is seriously my favorite time of the year (well, maybe second behind Christmas).  I love new beginnings (and new presents ha ha)!

So, in the spirit of new beginnings and a new month, I'm linking up with "Back to School in a Flash" hosted by my friends Layla from Fancy Free in 4th and Courtney from Ramona Recommends.

For week 2 of the link up we are sharing "Curriculum Must Haves!"  I hope you'll link up with us!

My first "Curriculum Must Have" is a product that I use every. single. day!!!!!   I seriously couldn't teach math without these simple, quick, common core aligned math exit slips.  I constantly formatively assess my students so I can meet with those who need extra help and move on with those who do not.  If I didn't do exit slips, I'm not sure how I'd know what to teach the next day.  Exit slips guide EVERYTHING in my classroom!!!


My next "Curriculum Must Have" is from my AMAZING blogging buddy Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6.  Honestly, if you teach writing and you are not doing a Paragraph of the Week type of daily warm-up you need to!  Now!  This simple, routined, repetition really strengthened my writers' basic paragraphing skills.  And we all know how important the basics are, yet we never have time to teach them.  This 5-10 minute daily routine will change your life!

Lastly, I'm going to share a "Curriculum Must Have" with you that I don't own, yet!!!  But it's stocked in my cart for the Teachers Pay Teachers Love Back to School sale that starts tomorrow!!!
I. Can't. Wait!

I L.O.V.E. teaching grammar, but struggle with finding the time and great resources.  I already own Erin's (from I'm Lovin' Lit)  Grammar Interactive Notebook for grammar, I think this Practice & Assess Grammar set will be the perfect companion to really enforce my students' grammar skills.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you found some useful "Curriculum Must Haves."  Check out some of my other blogging friend's faves in the link up below!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Favorite Fifth Grade Read Aloud Texts

Fifth grade teacher friends,  are you looking for the best 5th grade read aloud books?

If you're like me you probably enjoy switching up your read alouds once in awhile and trying something new.  But finding that something new can be a lot of work. When I'm looking for my next read aloud I ask my coworkers for ideas, scour my favorite celebriteacher blogs, stalk the Nerdy Book Club blog, and take recommendations from my fellow literacy fanatics on Instagram.  All of these steps take time and I'm spending this time over and over again throughout the year. Why is finding the perfect read aloud always so hard?

Cue lightbulb -

and then it hit me.........

I realized that instead of repeating this process continuously, I needed to put all of these AMAZING recommendations into a list that I could refer to whenever needed.  AND even better, that I could share with all my fifth grade teacher friends like you!!!

So, here it is friends!!  The BEST fifth grade read alouds - chosen by those who know best.  You!!!


All of these recommendations were gathered through your responses on my Wild About Fifth Grade and our Fifth Grade Freebies facebook pages.  I threw in some of my own personal favorites as well.

To make your life even easier, because who has time to search for things?!?, here are links to the read alouds mentioned in the FREEBIE if you're interested.

Historical Fiction:


Realistic Fiction: 


Fantasy/Science Fiction:


Happy back to school season!!!

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