Kindergarten Teacher Switching to Fifth Grade--HELP!!

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  1. Teacher2000

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    Hello,

    I've been teaching Kindergarten for the past 7 years and was just offered a 5th grade position. I want the position very much as I've been trying for several years to find work in my local suburb of where I live. However--- I honestly know nothing about fifth grade. Coming from Kindergarten ( and this is my passion), where do I begin? How do I set up my classroom for this grade level? What do I buy at the teaching store? How do I being teaching the curriculum? It's so scary and I hear once you move up you may never want to go back. Right now I can't think that way, I just need a "beginning". Any help from fellow 5th grade teachers would be GREATLY, GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

    Keri
     
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  3. Peachyness

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    Same boat. I've taught kinder for a couple of years and I LOVED teaching kinder. It came so naturally for me. So, then I get moved to 5th. I have spent months setting up for my class. I listed some things that I have been working on. Since I am also new, there is room for improvement, I'm sure, but at least it's a start. A lot of these ideas I have gotten from teachers from this site!

    Here's my discipline plan:
    Classroom Rules
    1. Be Safe
    2. Be Respectful
    3. Be Responsible
    4. Listen and follow directions the first time they are given.


    Classroom Economy
    Begining the first week of school, we will begin a year long unit on Economy. Students will have an opportunity to earn classroom money that I designed called Tiger Bucks.

    P.A.T. Preferred Activity Time
    P.A.T. is time that the students earned to play fun games, such as Jeopardy, Math Baseball, or Around the World. PAT teaches students to manage their time. If students use their work time productively, and there is extra time left over, their hard work pays off. That time goes towards more PAT. If time is not spent wisely, the class has "spent" their PAT.

    Group Table Points
    By working together, students are able to earn points for their group.These points are used to determine which table group gets to go out to recess first, visit the student store first, pick a game for PAT, and may even earn Tiger Bucks!

    Compliment Party
    I write a phrase or word on the board (Shaving Cream Party, Popcorn Party, Movie Party, for example). Whenever the class receives a compliment, from teacher, visitor, or administrator, I will cross off a letter. When all letters are crossed off, they receive the party.

    Homeworkopoly
    Students who complete all of their homework for the week and had their parents sign their agenda are rewarded by playing Homeworkopoly.

    Other Great Rewards
    Praise
    Stickers!
    Stamps
    Handshakes
    Cheer

    Behavior Problems
    If students choose to misbehave, the following actions will occur:
    First step= warning
    Second Step= stay in at recess to fill out Behavior Improvement Plan- a copy of the plan will be sent home. Parents will need to sign the plan and return it the next day.
    Third Step= pink slip, office referral

    For book reports, I plan to copy from this teacher:http://www.redmond.k12.or.us/mccall/renz/2005-2006/bookprojects.htm

    These are classroom jobs:
    Assistant (2 students)

    Librarian (2 students)

    Cashier (1 student)

    Cashier (2 students)

    Economist (1 student)

    Reporter(1 student)

    Banker (1 student)

    Light/computer Technician (1 student)

    Substitute Helper (1 student)

    Postal Worker (1 student)

    Homework agenda monitor (1 student)

    Homework Checker (2 students)


    Library
    Coming from kinder, I had mainly LOTS of picture books. I needed chapter books. I ordered some from Scholastic, bought some from Barnes and Noble and the rest I got from retiring teachers and other teachers moving grade level. Ask around at your school. Because of my persistence, I ended up with about 700 books for my library.

    The method I used to organized my library came from this site:
    http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/

    I also printed a TON of other things from this site. There is a lot of great ideas.

    My schedule. I still need to add kindergarten reading buddy in the morning. But, here's a rough draft:
    8:15 School Begins
    8:15-8:30 Good Morning! Morning business
    8:30-9:15 AR (Reader's workshop)
    9:15-10:25 Open Court Reading Program
    10:25-10:45 Recess
    10:45-12:05 Open Court Workshop/ELD/Writing
    12:05-12:55 Lunch
    12:55-1:10 Read Aloud
    1:10-2:00 Math
    2:00-2:10 Recess
    2:10-2:50 Science (Mon, Tue)
    2:10-2:50 Social Studies (Thurs, Fri)
    2:50:3.00 Clean up/Pack up/Jobs Rotation
    3:00-3:15 PE
    3:15 Dismissal

    Whew!
     
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    Things I bought for my class so far with my own money:
    I got these during Staples .01 sale and Target's Dollar spot and a couple from the dollar tree store

    I bought about 210 colored pocket folders in 7 colors
    pencil sharpeners for my student store
    Pencil case for my student store
    pencils
    $1 pocket charts from Target
    borders
    pencil boxes
    birthday bag
    birthday certificates
    sparkly pencils and pens for student store
    fun smelly erasures for student store
    Bingo games
    flash cards (space, president, states)
    directors chair (my one big splurge)

    Stuff I bought with my school budget:
    crayons
    paper
    graphing paper
    white board markers
    staplers
    hole punch
    scissors
    transparencies
    pens
    rulers
    electric sharpener
    tissue
    flash cards
     
  5. Teacher2000

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    WOW...thank you SO, SO much! It was so kind of you to not only reply but to reply in such DETAIL. You've helped me a lot!

    Thank again,
    Keri
     
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    Thanks again, this is so insightful! I already saved the links and if you think of more please pass them along! You've been GREAT!
     
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    5th grade social studies is American history, so I decorated my room with lots of Americana. I read a brief bit from a funny book called Revolting Revolutionaries many mornings after announcements.

    5th graders love to be read to. I read 30 minutes daily. I did a form of calendar math every morning and it helped them tremendously with fractions and decimals.

    I started teaching fractions early in the year, before the topic came up in our curriculum. I often used equivalent fraction problems in their morning work (bellwork). I introduce them as puzzles that follow a pattern and ask them to find the pattern. The pattern can be top/down or side to side.

    Playing Mad Libs is a great time filler and a way to review parts of speech informally. I assigned monthly book reports with most of the reading done at home. The assignment was different each month. The final report of the year was to create a board game based on the novel they read.

    http://www.figurethis.org/
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/presidentsday/color/
    http://www.congressforkids.net/games/articlesofconfederation/2_artofconf.htm
    http://www.usconstitution.net/constkids4.html
    http://www.makeworksheets.com/samples/puzzles/index.html
    http://www.davidparker.com/janine/mathpage/handson.html
    http://www.bookadventure.org/te/index.asp
    http://www.brokenhilld.det.nsw.edu.au/card_games.htm
    http://www.kildeer.district96.k12.il.us/fifth/centers5.html
    http://www.storycart.com/scripts_free.php
     
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    Good luck!!!! I have also taught kinder, but unlike you, I did not feel it was my passion, so I switched to 5th-and this is my passion!! You will be fine. Just remember, they are still kids...they will like the hugs, and being read to, and the best part is-they are able to do so much on their own!! One website you must add to your list is Laura Candler's website. Just google it. You will find a wealth of information on how to set up your literacy block. Let us know how you make out the first week!!
     
  10. Teacher2000

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    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for the words of wisdom! I will take a look at the site!!

    Keri
     

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