Friday, April 19, 2013

Five for Friday

We have had some crazy weather this week!  
The weekend is starting of beautifully! 

Nonfiction Mats...
Each group is reading a different book about animals and their adaptations in their environment. The one thing they all have in common is the key concept.
The rectangle in the middle has the key concept. The outer trapezoids have textual evidence (5) for the key concept. Once everyone was finished, they shared the information.

A new set of Greek and Latin word parts...Poseidon style from the Reading Olympians.
My attempt at Roman columns for an anchor chart. 

Totally borrowed this from Fourth Grade Racers!
I read this on her test prep post! 
Love it!
See the 2 orange sticky notes at the top of the board? At the very end, I had one student pick a sticky note. It had an H or an L on it. H = High score and L = Low score. This determined the winner of the game. We've played twice this week.
Once for inherited traits/ learned behaviors and long division/3 digit x 2!
Thanks, Fourth Grade Racer for such a fun game!

My new favorite pens for grading! They smell and they change colors as you write.

Ok ... My daughter and I went to Orange Leaf for an after school treat!
I would have taken a picture, except I left my phone at home. (Felt lost all day!)
So just imagine...coconut, banana, birthday cake and peanut butter yogurt with a few gummy bears, a piece of Snickers and fresh coconut thrown on top! YUM!

Happy Friday!
I'm off to watch my daughter play softball!
Head on over to Doodlebugs to see other Fives for the week!


  1. Yay a fifth grade blog to follow! I teach year six in New Zealand which is equivalent to fifth grade there!
    I LOVE those pens and I want them!!! I also love that post it note idea with the high and low options!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

    1. New cool! Glad you found me!
      The pens are from my daughter's favorite clothing store, Justice!
      Heading to your blog!

  2. I love the idea of your nonfiction mats! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

    1. They turned out great! My students were so engaged as they worked on the mat!
      We had to practice on how to share information. :-)

  3. I can definitely use the Nonfiction Map idea in my classroom. In fact, I love it! Thanks for sharing!
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. They really worked out well. I've used them in math also!

  4. Cute ideas! I gotta find those pens! I have a pen problem! Thanks for sharing! Excited to find another intermediate blog!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

    1. The pens are from my daughter's favorite clothing store, Justice. Of course the tween stores have pillows, journals, stickers, candy, and pens!
      I also bought a pack for my daughter to use on her state writing test!

  5. Ooooh, I need those pens! I'm going to check and see if they have those online. My students love anything and everything that smells (scratch 'n sniff stickers, markers, etc.) Thanks for sharing!!!

    Lucky in Learning

  6. I love the pens! I am a school supply junkie! Where did you find them?
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

    1. They are from my daughter's favorite store, Justice.
      Here's the link.