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Thank you so much for sticking it out with me and visiting me at this location. At this time, I have decided to completely rebrand my website, blog, TpT and Etsy stores under one name!

As I transition into a new grade level, I didn't feel right blogging under the name Keep Calm and Teach 5th Grade anymore. 

You can now find me at www.lifebeyondthegradebook.com. This new destination will be far more inclusive of my interests outside of teaching along with my adventures in the classroom. Plus, it's  not grade specific so there's a lot of freedom for more movement in the future!


XO

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My blog has been totally dead this year! I get it...

Let me tell you what's been going on.

I took the year off from teaching to deal with some medical issues that hit me really hard last year. Last year, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto's disease. They both hit me like a ton of bricks in early October and I spent the first half of the year just fighting for a diagnosis so that I could get medication and some relief.

It was HARD. I was teaching through all of it, running our robotics team, organizing our school's battle of the books program and selling LuLaRoe. I couldn't keep up with everything. 

I did end up getting medicated but it took months to even stabilize my medication. I ended up shutting down my LuLaRoe business and taking a leave of absence for the year.

I didn't want to talk about it on my blog becuase it was so challenging for me to process and admit. And, since I have been out of the classroom, I haven't had much to post on here. I don't have any fun, creative lessons happening. I haven't made any new TpT resources. I've been really absent from everything.

However, I have started to rebrand this blog because I am moving to a new grade level next year. I'll be teaching third grade. This will be the first time that I have taught something other than fifth and I am so nervous for the grade level change but so excited to try something new as well. 

So...I have been gone but you are not forgotten. I can't wait to be back at work and back in the blogging game!


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I feel like I'm constantly searching for high-quality, NGSS aligned science content for my classroom. We're going to start taking the new NGSS aligned science test next year and I've been (slowly) trying to get myself ready for the change next year.

I have two resources in my store thus far for the NGSS standards. These resources are quite difficult to make because the NGSS standards require significant interpretation and analysis. However, I have finally finished my second product. Along with my energy flow/ecosystems mini book, I now have a sun, moon, earth flip book.


This flip book covers each major topic addressed in NGSS. The bottom part of the flip book contains text on the topic. I love using this as a close read type activity. We work through unknown vocabulary and take notes on our learning as we read. 


The upper flap has visual illustrations of the content. This is helpful for supporting ELD students and struggling readers in understanding the content in the text. 



The end of the book contains response activities for the students to complete. They can all be completed at the end as a form of assessment or they can be completed as you read to aid in comprehension and developing strong constructed responses. All responses are open-ended because I believe that students need ample opportunities to write and explain their thinking. 

I am so excited about this new(er) addition to my store and I can't wait to put out more NGSS aligned flip books for you! I'd love to know what topics you're interested in so feel free to leave them in the comments!

xo
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I've been obsessing over flip books lately! I've created at least 8 new flip books in the past 2 months and this quadrilateral flip book is one of my favorites. 

The hierarchy of 2D shapes (quadrilaterals specifically) always seem to confuse my students. They're pretty good with understanding characteristics of individual shapes but they have a hard time seeing how they all fit together into a hierarchy of similar attributes.


 I love how this flip book keeps the student focused on the hierarchy of shapes by laying it out sequentially on the flaps. It also helps students as they go through the book because they can understand how the new shape is connected to the shape we learned about on the previous page. 


I have found that this book also helps students keep track of all of their learning in one place. Sometimes they just need something easy to refer to. I love flip books because they're great at keeping everything in one spot for my students, making it more likely that students will review and access their prior learning.


The students love being able to write on the shapes in this book. We measure each shapes sides for practice with rulers. We also measure all of the angles in each shape as an exploration into shape attributes as well as for additional practice with protractors. 

These flip books are really engaging and the students love working in them!


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