Discussion in 'Fifth Grade' started by teaching4God, May 23, 2009.
May 23, 2009
So Whats on your list for next year?
I'll be the lead science person for my grade level so I will be brushing up on state requirements and coming up with some engaging lessons.
I also need to revamp my guided reading response journals to include more non fiction.
I need to purchase additional math manipulatives and games.
I need to buy the Reader's Workshop book by Debbie Miller (Update- just ordered it) and read it this summer.
I need to do 30 hours of GT training since I will have the GT kids in my class.
I am designing a "word of the day" workbook for my kids next year. (update- just designed my page!)
WHAT'S on my list?
As of now, just one thing...
Publish my book! I should do it this year.
Revamp my center procedures so the kids are on autopilot. My procedures were never in place 100% because I was never totally sure how I wanted it.
Plan out writing for next year. I don't like how I approached it this year.
Design a more positive classroom discipline policy.
Get my file cabinet/file system down pat. Again, I struggled with that this year.
Write a welcome letter for parents. Now that I'll be in my second year, I know what to talk about this time around :lol:
Re-read Love and Logic and Tools for Teaching
Think about how I want my kids to be organized (what notebooks they must have, how their binders should be set up, etc.) We're departmentalized, so I want to help my kids manage their stuff.
Create a Words Their Way binder with all my lists.
Save every Reading A to Z book onto a flash drive (my district is canning it )
#1 on my "to do" list: Get a job
On my to-do list for next year? Tons of stuff! I just found out I'll be looping with my kiddos into 6th grade next year for homeroom (ela and math) and teaching 6-8th grade science... Eeek! I'm going to miss fifth grade! But, I do love this class! :thumb:
I've still got 20 days with my students left this year, so I refuse to think about next year already!
May 24, 2009
I would love to see/hear about your word a day book.
I didn't realize this was on the 5th grade forum
Tell us a little about it!
I am going to make a combed workbook that has sort of a flow chart look that will include:
--part of speech
--The word -- This will be in the center
--sentence using the word
This is how I do my Word of the Day.
I do a new vocabulary word every couple of days. I give the kids hints like:
**The word of the day is a verb.
**You might use it when you talk about how an animal moves.
**It starts with a S and ends with a Y.
Someone will probably know it and raise their hand and say "scurry".
Then I define it and the students will write the word and the definition in their journal.
I then have them show thumbs up or thumbs down if something is "scurry". I say things like: A squirrel running away with an acorn. A boy reading a book. etc.
Then I model the word in a sentence and then have them write their own sentence. I walk around and check them. If I put a star on their paper they go to the front of the room. When I am all done checking the 3-5 kids at the front of the room share their sentences.
Oops, me either.
Yes! please tell!
It's one that I am trying out with my class that I have right now of the younger Pre-Kindergartners. They love it! Anyway, it is about these animals, who will be in alphabetical order with names that start with the same letter, etc.
Thoughts for next year:
--move to my new room and plan how I will set it up (I've got my room set up on grid paper right now and I'm currently trying to find the best set up that way!)
--get trained on a new math program that we're using
--collaborate with the sixth grade math teacher on the new Math Club we'll have next year
--learn to live without one of my BEST FRIENDS at work (she will be teaching another grade at another building next year!). I am so sad!!!
--research even more Power Teaching strategies to use (I just used a few this year, I need to incorporate more next year).
To do for next year:
-Make a Science Interactive Notebook binder for the WHOLE YEAR. I save ALL of my transparencies, so i've spent the last several weeks putting them (and worksheets, articles, etc) in sheet protectors in a huge binder so science is essentially planned out. I'll have an inclusion class with some non-writers so that will really help us plan ahead for note-taking days.
-Prepare a poetry notebook to work on fluency for the first 9 weeks. After TAKS, we had weekly fluency competitions that my kids loved... definitely need to do this again at the beginning of the year.
-Make daily warmups for the first two months at least. Unlike this year, I'll need to have a low, med and high set. I want to include sudoku and other math logic puzzles to help them become better problem solvers.
-Better organize my math manipulatives and science materials to make them more accessible for my kids yet out of my way. That will probably require a LOT of labeling.
-Research more websites with interactive learning... I'm getting a projector and surround sound system, yay!
-Figure out what my first read aloud will be. I need a short memoir or a novel that will really help them with character analysis/traits.
Get a teaching job. Take Chemistry and Physics CSETS.
May 25, 2009
Ok so my list so far is....
Re-evaluate and address procedures.
Develop thematic units and set-up binders.
Something professional looking yet creative to provide contact info at Open House.
Create a Lab Notebook and Prewritten Notes
Define Vocabulary for each unit including word clues
May 27, 2009
Ok adding to the to do list.
Develop schedule for instructional and non-instructional time at work.
Re-evaluate lesson plan book for the new standards.
Write welcome letter to parents.
Incorporate physical activity.
Examine grading strategies to avoid paper pileups.
Develop a lesson on using agendas
Get plenty of ink cartridges.
Hall Passes-Do I need new ones?
Detention Slips-copy and cut
Jun 29, 2009
Working on typing up all the reading vocabulary words, mounting them on card stock, and laminating them for a reading vocab word wall.--Also doing the same for math terms.
Waiting for a slew of books I ordered from the States for ideas for next year
Organizing all of my answer keys
Making homework pass (and other homeworkopoly incentives) note pads. I tried generic laminated cards this year but the kids started trading them. That's not really what I was going for.
Gathering and preparing center materials
Finding discount books for my classroom library (very difficult in a country where children's books in English are expensive and few and far between)
Tweaking class procedures
I will continually add to this list, but here is my start:
Re-reading The First Six Weeks of School to refresh
Create study skills posters and teach study skills the first couple of weeks of school, then revisit frequently during the year.
Finish my website
Focus on my classroom, instead of micromanaging the grade level-and plan on my own! (I know, collaborating has its place, but in my case, it consumed me and I was losing myself in trying to "manage" the grade level) I want to focus on my classroom
Jun 30, 2009
Knitter-- if you dont mind would you be so kind to share your Study Skills poster ideas, I was also planning on starting the year off with study skills.
Sure! I haven't started them yet-I am still researching. Once they are done, I will post them!
Jul 1, 2009
PISCES Create a Words Their Way binder with all my lists.
Help! We are using Words Their Way and I haven't the slightest idea how to go about making spelling lists. =/
That didn't really make sense, I meant to put quotes around what you said. Sorry!
My list to do...
Well mostly figure out what mini lessons I need to do for Reading and Writing workshop... also figure out timing and the format.
I would like to make an overall year plan, so I know what I should be doing in what month.
Arrange my room
Figure out some first day activities... already have lots of ideas but would like to hear more and then need to figure out which ones to do and which ones to save for later days.
Currently re-reading First Days of School
Need to more thoroughly read Fountas and Pinnel Guiding Readers...
Would like to re-visit Love and Logic.
Too many things to do, and not enough time! I'm working a summer camp until August 7th and also moving into our first place in a couple of weeks!
"Well mostly figure out what mini lessons I need to do for Reading and Writing workshop... also figure out timing and the format."
I want to do this too!
Jul 2, 2009
I have a ton to do mainly because I have moved to a new state and a new school. The only good thing is that I will still be teaching fifth grade.
Curriculum map my new standards and text books
*Find supplementals for texts
*Read through the current set of novels that have been used in the past and find supplements for them.
* Figure out what everything is going to go in the new room
* Make some changes to my writing program
* Get the supplies for the room.
Jul 3, 2009
Create transparencies in advance for teaching reading strategies--using permanent markers.
Create my writing transparencies for both essays and extended responses
select titles of L.A. read alouds for entire year
select titles of novels and or story books to use in S.S.
organize my classroom library into genres--right now it's just fiction and non-fiction...I need to do it right
write my lesson plans for September
decide whether or not I want to use centers this year (I have a split class and I don't want to make grading unmanageable.)
Jul 5, 2009
Finish making brochures for my reading stories
Finish organizing my files
Print off hard copies for first month's copying
Laminate my new things
Redo my bulletin boards
Add my new library books and reorganize my library
Find and drill holes in the pencil cups for my desks
and a million other things I might not get finished...
Oh the dreaded "To do list" I have a notebook that I write in when I have an idea or something that i remember to do. I haven't compiled it all together and I probably won't. If I do that I may have an anxiety attack when I see how much I have to do. I figured I will just take one thing at a time until it is all done. I just don't think I want to see it all together on one page. EEK!
I'm moving to fifth for the first time so my list is rather long and I've about come to terms with the fact that I won't finish it all
organize my new room
decorate my new room (making pretty good progress on these)
overhaul my procedures and interactive notebooks (tweaking mainly)
put all the notebook assignments in chart form (love this - saw it in a book, and making pretty good progress)
map the entire year
write and create all materials for my first unit (I really wanted to do the first semester, but reality is setting in )
recharge and re-energize by doing things that are fun! and spending time on the chatboards talking with amazing teachers like you guys!
My to do list???
wow... too much for one list, I think!
*Create my parent letter, including request for them(the parents) to tell me about their child as a reader and a writer, their hopes and dreams for them, where they think they struggle most, what I can do to help, and anything special they want me to know about their child (helps me see that each student has someone's hopes and dreams all tied up in them... allows me to love the child even on the rough days
*decide which screeners and assessments I will be using to get to know my student abilities, strengths, areas of weakness, so I know where to begin my instruction
*decide on my "theme" for the year, bulletin boards, etc...
*buy large throw pillows and make pillowcases for my reading center
*go over my social studies curriculum and try to find books to supplement my instruction
*take the reading specialist exam (July 25, wish me luck!)
*tons more which I haven't even begun to think about!
Jul 7, 2009
I have a parent survey in which I ask the parents to explain their child's strengths weaknesses, study habits, what motivates and upsets the children, what they want to see happen in the school year, any concerns they have, and anything special I should know (medical, emotional, academic) The parents always really love it.
Separate names with a comma.