A Parent Volunteer Gift Idea

June 9, 2014 No Comments

For the first time EVER I am actually ahead of schedule for my parent volunteer gifts!!! And they are ready just in time for Tara’s lovely… They are also ready for you, in case you would like to use any of the ideas or free files in this post! So. I am very fortunate to have two room…

Meaningful Map Facts

April 19, 2014 No Comments

Hello! I wanted to share a little activity that has helped in a big way in our class this year. This activity complements one I shared back in February, Utilizing Those Nonfiction Text Features. During our unit on explorers, our class encountered numerous helpful maps. The only problem? With so much information on the textbook pages, I wasn’t…

Don’t Answer Questions

April 12, 2014 No Comments

Sounds kind of unteacherly, doesn’t it? But I promise it isn’t! Before I tell you though, I must share the exciting news…it’s a new month of Bright Ideas! And, just like last time, I’m linking up with tons of my blogging friends to bring you another month filled with teaching ideas. In a crazy-hectic year, this linky has…

Print, Solve, & Explain: Equivalent Fractions

February 23, 2014 No Comments

One of my main goals this year has been to really get my 5th graders writing about their mathematical thinking. How can they explain a certain math concept? What strategies do they use to solve a problem? How can they show something to be true mathematically? I knew I wanted my students to write about their thinking in…


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