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Posts Made By: quickfish
Board: Fifth Grade 08-13-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 25
Posted By quickfish
still needed for exams

Perhaps by the time today's fifth graders start doing final exams they will all be doing them on computers, but so far, being able to write cursive is an advantage for writing exams, simply because...
Board: Fifth Grade 02-23-2013, 07:59 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By quickfish
read, act out, write your own


We did tall tales recently and I think they got the idea pretty well. We had a tall tale in the basal so we started with that, and learning about the feature of that genre. Then I assigned a...
Board: Fifth Grade 01-23-2013, 09:22 AM
Replies: 1
Posted By quickfish
plan menus

You could teach the kids about nutrition and hand out leaflets and so on, have the kids assess their usual eating using the materials, then ask the kids to plan a week's healthy menus...
Board: Social Studies 11-27-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By quickfish
create a colony

An idea I have seen a few versions of around the internet is to have the kids create their own colonies. I did this with my class by giving each group a map outline, with scale, lines of latitude and...
Board: Fifth Grade 11-05-2012, 10:38 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By quickfish
definitely whiteboards

I love whiteboards and would do quite a lot to make or buy some if I didn't have them. Get some squares of plastic cut somewhere? I saw someone suggest heavy-duty "disposable" plastic plates,...
Board: Fifth Grade 11-05-2012, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By quickfish
Games and competition

Look online for card games to use; my kids like these. For example, play Multiplication War with a counter as a decimal point. You can use normal packs of cards.

Competition of all kinds. Heck, my...
Board: Classroom Management 10-18-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By quickfish
I make them pay

We have a merit token/treasure box system in my classroom and this year I started charging them 1 token for class time bathroom visits. Huge change. I probably get one "emergency" every two weeks.
Board: Math & Science 10-18-2012, 07:54 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By quickfish
I think it's very important

not only for computation but for understanding explanations of new material. With a good knowledge of the basic facts, kids can look at an example and see why each number is where it is. Without the...
Board: Writing & Language Arts 08-09-2012, 04:38 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By quickfish
Can you link it to their Social Studies?

There are lots of good topics they will be studying in social studies in fifth grade, which lend themselves easily to historical writing assignments. Stories about explorers, colonists, the...
Board: Social Studies 08-08-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 23
Posted By quickfish
passing a bill

I think my favorite in my 5th-grade class was passing a bill. I based it on a lesson by Katie Ashcroft and Lori Pettit,
Board: The VENT 08-03-2012, 09:17 AM
Replies: 28
Posted By quickfish
So all that effort was for nothing!

PeaceRunner, you made me laugh; mainly at my former youthful feminist self. All that huffing and insisting on "Ms.", and all the time it was the same as Miss to lots of people anyway!
Board: Classroom Management 08-03-2012, 12:24 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By quickfish

I teach 5th grade and last year copied an idea I got off here somewhere: I made a page of tickets saying "Awesomely Nice and Talented Student", "Amazingly . . ", "Astonishingly . . ." etc. (there are...
Board: Classroom Management 08-02-2012, 11:28 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By quickfish
You are responsible for your own behavior

Fenwick's posts above have given me something to think about (I tend to respond way too much) and I am fairly confident that I can exert enough authority in the classes I have for the audience not...
Board: The VENT 08-02-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 33
Posted By quickfish
I don't mind them much

I do get nervous, but I also enjoy the chance to strut my stuff. It helps that my principal has a very relaxed and encouraging style and her glass is always half --or even three-quarters-- full...
Board: The VENT 08-02-2012, 09:53 PM
Replies: 28
Posted By quickfish
I can see why it bothers you,

Ms. being the form that leaves your marital status out of the discussion, and that's appropriate for work. I used to make a point of using it too, especially in all professional situations. Then I...
Board: Social Studies 03-16-2012, 07:10 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By quickfish
Thanks for posting!

Wow, you did a great job! My class uses a different text but it covers much of the same ground. I will use some of your ideas. I like the range of different activities you've included.
Board: Social Studies 02-17-2012, 04:38 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By quickfish
Revolutionary War plays

Scholastic has a book of read-aloud plays by Dallas Murphy, that you can download for about $10 and photocopy. One of the plays is about patriots and loyalists.
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 10-27-2011, 06:42 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By quickfish
math/logic problems

I give mine (5th grade) mind benders, puzzles, logic problems, number games. E.g. the nine-dot puzzle, how many triangles can you see in the pattern, making a number sentence to equal 100 using just...
Board: Fifth Grade 10-20-2011, 03:09 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By quickfish
explorer ships

I did something similar with mine, but not as spectacular as yours must have been. I grabbed a simple line drawing of a caravel off the Web and printed it off, then had them color it in as well as...

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