Sunday, August 25, 2013

My First Week of Fifth Grade (and some freebies!)

I have had the BEST first week! It was jam packed and the days went by in the blink of an eye. I've been use to have 18 kids for the whole day in first grade. Since I'm just teaching reading, I have three different classes and 72 kids! That is definitely going to take some getting use to! It seems like as soon as we get into class and get sat down, it's time to change classes! Time is going to be a challenge this year. We aren't starting the reading series until next week, so we took this week to get to know each other and have some fun with reading, while also completing the baseline test. The very first day, I gave the kids a "Student Interest Survey that contained questions about what they liked or didn't like, their favorite books, favorite subjects, and what they liked to do in their free time. I loved doing this because it really helped me learned not only about each one of the students, but also their reading habits. You can pick up a copy of my student interest survey here
We also dove into a really neat lesson on Harris Burdick. Do you know the mystery of Harris Burdick? If not, you have to check it out! You can read about it here. If you google the pictures, you can find all 14. I printed these out and displayed them (along with the title and caption) around the room after we discussed each one.
Then we got into groups and completed a graphic organizer, which you can find here. I quickly discovered that everyone needed a refresher course on inferring, so we stop and work on this mini lesson

After spending about 5 minutes at each picture, we rotated to the next. We covered 8 pictures in two days (we discussed the other 6, but did not do the activity with them due to time).


After completing the comprehension sheet, we divided into different groups and each group member shared what they had discussed with their previous group.


Back in whole group, we brainstormed some questions that we still still had about Harris Burdick and added them to our chart.

This lesson was a HUGE hit and my kids are obsessed with this real life mystery. I ordered the book, The Chronicles of Harris Burdick and I can't wait to share it with my students this week.  You can see how many tweeted about it!
**I've had several emails asking about how I use the twitter board in our classroom. I post a question *most* days (some days we just won't have time) and I pick a few students to "tweet" their answer. The sentence strips are laminated, so the tweeter just wipes away the previous tweet and writes their tweet with a dry erase marker. They LOVE it!! I also taught them that their username is their name with an @ symbol in front of it and it goes before their tweet so that people will know who said what. For example, my username would be @msleslieann. 

In the midst of all our Harris Burdick learning, we also completed a self portrait/all about me activity that went on our door. You can grab a copy here




It was a jam packed, busy week, but it was GREAT!!! :) I'm loving 5th grade!




Saturday, August 24, 2013

Inferring in 5th

Teaching the skill of inferring in 5th grade is not all that different than teaching it in 1st: it's still a hard skill for the kids to grasp. I create a weekly lesson on the mystery of Harris Burrdick for this week (which I will blog about later, because the kids LOVED it!) and one of the first activities included making an inference about each picture. Every one of my classes kept asking what to do for that part so I knew I need to rewind and review inferring with a mini lesson. I found this fantastic packet on TpT from Blair Turner. It was exactly what we needed. In the pack, Blair created these flashcards that contain short passages that describe a person or a setting. I took those passages and made reproducible copies for my students. Then I put each passage in a powerpoint slide. Since my kids are 5th graders, figuring out what/who the passage was talking about was no problem, but it allowed us to go back and really identify the text clues that helped them infer. This activity was exactly what we needed. Thanks, Blair! :)



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Teacher Week: Meet my Classroom! :)



Yesterday you met me. Now it's time to meet my new 5th grade classroom :) 


































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Monday, August 12, 2013

Teacher Week: All About Me!



I just love teacher week! Be sure and join in the fun by linking up with us over at Blog Hoppin'!
Today's topic is all about me :) Here are my 10 random facts:
{1} I've taught 1st grade for 4 years and this year I'm transferring to 5th reading. I'm really excited to experience a new age group! You can read all about my 5th grade adventures on my new(ish) blog, Life in Fifth Grade


{2} I have recently become obsessed with Mindy Kaling. If you don't know who she is (shame on you!), she played Kelly Kapoor on The Office and now has her own show, The Mindy Project, which she also writes and produces. She is so funny! I just love her :)


{3} TV shows are my guilty pleasure. My favorites are: Gossip Girl (is Blake Lively not the most gorgeous girl? I would kill for her hair), Glee (I love Rachel Berry), the aforementioned The Mindy Project (my new favorite show!), and The Office (Is Jim Halpert not the cutest thing ever?)


{4} I can quote the movie Titanic in its entirety. I was in 5th grade when the movie came out, way back in 1997 and I was obsessed.


{5} I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. I've read the books countless times and love the movies. 


{6} While creating things for my classroom, I like to listen to the soundtrack from Wicked. Such a great musical. 


{7} I love watching beauty gurus on Youtube. My favorite is Missglamourazzi. She has wonderful makeup tricks and hair tutorials. 


{8} I have a personal/fashion blog: Southern Belle Inspired. Fashion is a huge part of my life and I like to talk about that, along with all other things southern, over there. 


{9} I am obsessed with Instagram. Follow me! msleslieann01


{10} My little Maltese, Reese (named after Reese Witherspoon) is so camera shy! I can hardly take her picture without her hiding her face. I have to sneak around with the camera and quickly snap a picture without making any noise. She's funniest little dog. :)

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