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Moving from 3rd to 5th!
Old 05-13-2011, 08:36 AM
 
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Yesterday my principal offered me a 5th grade position after teaching 3rd grade for 8 years!! I am so excited and can't wait! Has anyone made this transition before? I'm afraid that I will be to baby-ish and want to avoid that! Any suggestions would be great! I'm excited about my new adventure!

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I agree with what sanjac said. They are still kids and so it's okay to do things like projects and such. But you'll need a heavier hand with them in the sense that they still need consistency and consequences...especially right after spring break. You'll immediately notice their attitudes change and the hormones start raging a bit more too. But they are fun to be around b/c they still love giving you hugs and notes yet you can joke around with them and they'll understand your humor more.

I noticed that with the other 5th grade teachers on team, they keep their classroom decor and such to a minimum, like you'd see in a junior high room. But I still have my room set-up in the way I did when I taught 4th. My principal actually asked that I not shy away from that when she moved me to 5th 3 years ago.

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In the same boat
Old 05-14-2011, 06:19 AM
 
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I, too, will be moving from third to fifth next year, after nine years in third. I keep reminding myself that at the beginning of the year I will actually have well-polished fourth-graders, which is only a year ahead of where I currently leave my kids in June. Looking forward to seeing what others have to say, as well as perusing the boards in my new grade level!
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I'm moving from 4th to 5th after teach 3 years in 4th grade. I'm planning to use an Aloha/ Hawaiian theme for my classroom and incorporate the Daily 5 into Reading instruction. I'm also a little worried about the students viewing some of my hands-on activities as babyish, but have the added benefit of looping with several of my students. (Hopefully this will make the transition easier
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Me too!
Old 05-16-2011, 03:30 AM
 
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I am also moving to 5th from 3rd-been there for many years! I am very excited about the change too, but a little nervous about the new discipline structure. In primary, we use the green, yellow, red system and 5-8 use a conduct point system. A lot to learn! I will be teaching math, science and social studies.


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I moved from 3rd to 5th
Old 05-16-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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this school year. So I am completing my first year in fifth. It truly was not that big of change. They are bigger kids and they can handle more, but they are still kids. Some things I thought would be too babyish for them, wasn't. You just have to try it and see how the acitivity works. We are the A-Team and they actually were!!! I love the content that I teach. That is top thing that I am enjoying about fifth grade. I get to dig dipper into the things that I teach. I'm not for sure about where you teach, but I only have one con about fifth grade. In our state, fifth does not have a cap so there are more students in the classroom. Besides that no true complaints.
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3rd to 5th
Old 05-20-2011, 09:11 PM
 
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I'm finishing up my first year in 5th grade and have really loved it. I was nervous about making the grade change after 11 years in 3rd. This school year has been a wonderful one. My only suggestion would be to review the math concepts. It really was a challenge to teach all of the math standards.
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no wories
Old 05-24-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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I went to fifth grade after teaching 3rd for 9 years. I wouldn't worry about being to babyish, it wont take you long to realize what your kids can do. And a perk for you is your at the same school so chances are you already had some of the kids. The beauty of 5th grade is that they can do a lot more independent work, and discussion groups are better.
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