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Old 03-16-2017, 06:26 AM
 
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I'm moving up to 5th next year and I am so excited! I currently teach 3rd grade and I'm so ready for the change. What are some of your must haves for teaching 5th...what could you not live without?

Thanks so much!


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Congratulations! I teach fifth...it is my favorite grade to teach. Will you be self-contained?
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Welcome! What in particular are you thinking you need?
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Yay! I love fifth grade. When I move grade levels, I always think of my classroom library. I always thought I had more than enough books for the kids but when I started looking at the range of reading levels and the number of books per reading level, I'm determined to supplement as much as I can!! A simple poke around I'm sure will help you determine some popular titles. I have some students this year who are really enjoying fantasy books (Series of Unfortunate Events, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, etc.). A new series for me is the Imaginary Veterinary books.
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:12 PM
 
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I'm moving to fifth next year also I currently teach 4th grade and will be moving up with the students
I taught 5th grade as a first and second year teacher and am going back in my 14th year of teaching
I will be teaching math, science, and social studies.


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Old 03-23-2017, 02:51 AM
 
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Moving up will be interesting! I think the science and social studies curriculum will be specific to your state. Do you have math manipulatives from 4th grade that will be useful for 5th also?
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Basically moved from 3rd to 5th. One warning- DO NOT GET RID of any of your reading books no matter how "young/little" they are. I have students who are at at 1st grade level and over this past summer I purged almost all my 1-2 books

That's my "shock" is now instead of just a few grade spans, they're a lot more behind then they were.

I would say either a binder or folders for each student to keep them organized...A notebook for them to take notes in.

It's been a HUGE learning curve this year- I plan on writing a ton of notes to myself for next year during spring break!
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I am also teaching 5th next year. Do we need an endorsement?
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I've had a lot of luck giving students "fidgets," little textured toys or objects that can occupy their hands during class. Nothing loud, just a wooden block or a dryer ball or the like. It is also a great way to introduce a privilege. If a student is getting out of hand, the fidget can be taken away.

The students in my class have gotten so used to having the fidgets that they are call resizing the screen on their iPads a "fidget"
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