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Weeks in a year.
Definitely how to address an envelope. I love the idea of mailing an envelope to them.
The word “seldom”. Every year my fifth graders do not know that word.

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morahsharon 03-07-2018 03:30 AM

What great ideas! Thank you so much!

1956BD 03-06-2018 07:37 PM

for the Capacity Kingdom.

KeyKid 03-06-2018 07:25 PM

I was in another teacher's room, years ago, when she did this with her students. I taught Home Economics / Family & Consumer Sciences in a past life. If I had known this then, I would have used it with HS classes as well.

I present, The Gallon Story:

1956BD 03-06-2018 06:02 PM

Here is another one. Oops it says invalid file. If you will PM me your school email address I will send it to you. Only if you want it. No pressure.

1956BD 03-06-2018 05:59 PM

This is something I created for my third graders. It may or may not work for fifth graders. I found that really reviewing shapes help them in geometry because there is so much vocabulary.

1956BD 03-06-2018 05:45 PM

How to cut a recipe in half.

How to double a recipe. Many kids don't understand what it means to double or triple something.

1956BD 03-06-2018 05:28 PM

This would be a good role playing activity. It will also be a review of their address.

JanetL 03-06-2018 03:06 PM

Manners-Don't interrupt adults. Please, thank you, excuse me, etc.

Eccj 03-06-2018 02:48 PM

Weeks in a year.
Definitely how to address an envelope. I love the idea of mailing an envelope to them.
The word “seldom”. Every year my fifth graders do not know that word.

TAOEP 03-06-2018 02:41 PM

Number of days in each month
How to make a phone call (both land line and cell)
How to write a check
How to figure out the amount of a tip
How to write a thank you letter, including addressing the envelope
How to tell time on an analog clock

1956BD 03-06-2018 09:23 AM

How many inches are in a yard?

How many feet are in a yard?

How many inches are in a yard?

How many ounces are in a cup?

How many cups are in a pint?

How many pints in a quart?

How many cups in a quart?

How many quarts in a gallon?

How many pints in a gallon?

How many cups are in a gallon?

Cardinal directions/intermediate directions

What is 2D and what is 3D

The name of each coin./The value of each coin./ The value of each bill. / How to count money./ How many pennies (nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars)make a dollar./ How to count back change.

Names of shapes past the simple ones of circle, square, triangle and rectangle.

Names of colors past primary, secondary and black, white and brown. Examples- ivory, ebony, bronze, lime, violet, magenta, indigo, fuchsia.... Knowing these and being able to indentify them will make their descriptions more precise and improve their writing.

Difference between AM and PM.

How to introduce themselves and shake hands properly

How to introduce someone else with grace.

A gross is 144 or a dozen dozens.

Recite planets in oder from sun out.

Who are the presidents and others on the coins and bills and also on Mount Rushmore.

Who was the first man on the moon?

Why are there 13 stripes on the American flag. Why are there 50 stars on the flag. Show them pictures of flags from the past with less stars.

Know the history and significance of December 7, 1941, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, September 11, 2001, President's Day and Labor Day.

Who were the founding fathers?

Fifth graders should know their states on a US map.

Many students do not know what a round trip means. This can show up in math problems so they need an understanding of this term. There is a great picture book called Round Trip by Ann Jonas. You read the story about a trip and the pictures are just black and white. When you reach the end of the book your turn it upside down and read about their trip back home. The same black and white pictures look different upside down but make sense with the story line. It is very cool! I used it also to teach the concept of checking work in math, by working backwards. Just seems to be a good analogy.

Many people do not understand what RSVP means and why it is important to respond .

1956BD 03-06-2018 09:04 AM

Many students do not know their left from their right.

We practiced this daily with instructions. Examples-

Line up in number order(my students had numbers) to the left of my desk.

Turn you papers into the lefthand basket on the shelf.

Turn to your right into the gym for special area class.

Put your name in the left hand corner of your paper today.

There are left and right stories where you pass a package. Each time the left or right is said in the story you change directions with the way the package is being passes. I did not use this but wish I had. The package goes to person holding the package when the last word is of the story is said. It could be a pencil, eraser, grading pen, stickers, homework pass...........

1956BD 03-06-2018 09:00 AM

Many of my third grades did not know the days of the week. They also did not know the abbreviations for the days of the week and therefore do not understand a calendar. Some also think the week starts with a Monday rather than Sunday.

I made these words a spelling list. I gave a pretest on Monday. I asked them to number their paper from one to seven for a spelling test. Then I asked them to write the days of the week in calendar order starting with the first official day of the week as their number one. Then I asked them to add the abbreviation beside each day of the week.

If they made a 100% then I gave them a challenge list for the week and the rest of us learned the days of the week.

When I gave the test on Friday I did the same as I did on the pretest and did not say the words for them because I wanted to see if they know the order of the days as well as the spelling.

There is probably a more creative way to learn this information but this is what I did.

Music Teach 03-06-2018 08:36 AM

Left and Right! I am a first-year teacher and it drives me insane that my sixth graders do not know left from right. I've put giant signs in my room. If they learn nothing else this year, whatever, it's music class. I've had kids whine about why they have to know. I explain, one day you will be a driver. You have to know which way to which!

1956BD 03-06-2018 08:15 AM

I also asked parent to choose a number they wanted their child to memorize in case of an emergency.

They wrote their phone number five times each day in class for a week. Then on Friday I gave a test. If they got their phone number correct I allowed them to call their parents at some point during the school day to tell them or leave them a message. They love this!

They also wrote a phone number poem during the week to also help with learning their phone number.

1956BD 03-06-2018 08:10 AM

This old poem is great to memorize and then you know the months and how long they are. This is a big help with calendar problems in math.

There is also a visual to determine the number of days in each month. You use your knuckles on both hands. Here is a video of how to do this.

1956BD 03-06-2018 08:05 AM

Do some research, maybe on YouTube I am pretty sure there are songs to help memorize the seven continents and five oceans. Singing the information while pointing to the areas on a world map makes a fun way to learn the information.

Here is just one example. There are many more.

Here is a website with outline maps which might be helpful.

1956BD 03-06-2018 07:58 AM

I gave my third graders the task of learning their address as well. We practiced writing it correctly for a week. I sent home a letter to parents beforehand to send in their child's address so they would have it for this assignment.

I just gave them blank index cards for the practice test each day. Then I checked them during the day and corrected wrongs with red ink to give back to students to aid their study.

I told them from the beginning that I would give a test on Friday and if they made a 100 they would receive a homework coupon to skip all homework one night. They were thrilled with this idea so most were motivated to do the memory work.

Then on Friday I gave them a real envelope to address for the test. When I graded them I marked the grade on the back and explained what was wrong if they made mistakes. The students who made 100 received a homework coupon in their envelope and a postage stamp on the front and I mailed it to them!

They kept asking if I had them graded and I kept making excuses that I had not. Then on Tuesday or Wednesday of the next week several students came in saying they received their coupons in the mail! They were surprised and delighted.

This was a fun assignment that I looked forward to teaching each school year and miss now that I am retired.

Keltikmom 03-06-2018 07:47 AM

How to state the directions to their house. Honestly, most of them don't know their address, let alone how to tell someone how to get there.

How to sweep a floor.

1956BD 03-06-2018 07:46 AM

I am retired now but when I taught I had a worksheet with concentric circles.
Students wrote the name of their city in the smallest circle in the center. Then going outwards in the circles we added our county, state, region, country, continent, hemispheres (together), planet and galaxy. This graphic organizer helped them to begin to understand how we defined areas. It was especially difficult for students who had done little to no traveling.

I also created a powerpoint showing these same areas and a fact or two about each. For example-

City- Austin

Austin is located in central Texas.

Our hometown is the capitol of our state.

County- Travis

Travis county is named after William B Travis who fought and died at the Alamo.

Here is a picture of Travis county in the state of Texas. You can see it looks sort of like a heart in shape.


State- Texas

Texas is the second largest state in the 50 United States.

Texas has a very unique shape and is easy to recognize.


You get the idea.

morahsharon 03-06-2018 07:33 AM

I just thought of another - Dear Sir,- They frequently put the comma after Dear.

NerdTeach 03-06-2018 07:31 AM

How to address an envelope, where to put the stamp
How many cups in a gallon, quart, ounces, etc. Foot in a mile, things like that.

morahsharon 03-06-2018 07:28 AM

It was interesting to me that all my kids did not know the months of the year. ( 5th grade). I want to make a list of basic info kids should know but I need help! Mostly I am looking for general info, everyday kind of stuff and I am stuck!
How many eggs in a dozen?
Name the seasons.
What is a country? A state?
How many oceans? Continents?
What is an area code? A zip code?

All help is appreciated.

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