To me fifth grade is the perfect grade to teach. Fifth graders are old enough to sit and work quietly when you want them to (most of the time), old enough to understand my sarcastic sense of humor, and young enough to still want to love and please their teacher.
Need an easy gift idea for Mother's Day? Your kids will enjoy this special project that you can make as simple or as fancy as you like!
Start out by having your students write Cinquain poems about their moms. Click here for instructions on how to write one of these simple, five-lined poems. Here's an example of a Cinquain that one of my students wrote:
Considerate, creative Caring, loving, laughing
To moon and back Mom
Type up the poems and copy them onto colorful scrap-booking paper. I put a border around the poems to dress them up a bit. You can turn this into a thoughtful card for mom or frame it for a special keepsake. I picked up frames at the dollar store and had my students make tissue paper flowers for another little special touch.
I've had my students make these beautiful tissue paper flowers before and turn them into Mother's Day corsages! You can watch my instructional video on how to make these flowers by clicking here.
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I can't believe it's already time for the November edition of Show & Tell Tuesday! It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the year goes by!
This year I wanted to create a bulletin board for the basic facts test results. Our report card has a section under math where we have to report how well the students have mastered each of the four basic facts tests. They have to complete one hundred problems in a limited amount of time. I have my students keep graphs of their personal results in their math folders, but I also wanted a place in the room where they could see their growth. So, I added ledger sized graphs to my Basic Facts Bundle and created this bulletin board.
I didn't want any student names on the graphs, so I just numbered each column. I give my students a number based on our alphabetized class list.
I wanted the graphs to be reusable from marking period to marking period, so I laminated them and bought some bright washi tape. I use the tape to show each student's progress.
As the students' scores go up, I just add more to their column. At the end of the year, I can just peel all of the tape off and use the charts again next year.
I was so inspired by a post I came across last summer from Diane at Fifth in the Middle about using drink mix containers for a name stick holder! You can see her original post by clicking on the picture below.
I put my spin on the idea and now have name stick holders, sharp and dull pencil cans, mystery motivator cans, and a coin drive can!
Have to end with a picture of the doodles of the house. Wish I could be as relaxed as these guys while watching Michigan football! They aren't even bothered by all my yelling!
Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!
1. This is a monthly linky. The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them. Created the most amazing bulletin board ever? Show & Tell us about it! Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench? Show & Tell us about it! Play the best game at a party with your class? Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever? Show & Tell us about it! Only have one thing to Show & Tell about? Not a problem!
2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom. The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell.
3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture.
4. Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post. Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.
5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours. It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!