30 Days of Place Value

30 Days of Place Value

Everyday for Bell Work in my 4/5 class, I use a mastering math sheet to review basic concepts and previously taught skills.  The page is the same every day but the daily number changes.  These also follow the three part lesson plan format that is popular today in classrooms.  The first page of the sheet is great for the Getting started section of a three part lesson plan.  It reviews key concepts and the fundamentals of the unit.  Additionally because it is repeated every day students are able to gain mastery with these familiar questions throughout the unit.  The second page of the math sheets include a word problem and a reflection section.  These are great for the Working on It and Reflection of the morning math sheets.  Students can work on the problem as a class, as a group, or individually.  Many of the questions are open ended and encourage thought and discussion for students. Word problem questions are also repeated so that students can apply skills learned from previous days with larger numbers.

My first unit of the year is Place Value and This first package has 30 different pages including a blank page that you can print and add your own number or questions.

Mastering Math Sheets - 30 Days of Place Value

30 Days of Place Value

This package gives you 30 different activities that review concepts of 2 and 3 digit numbers and introduce and build up to 5 digit numbers.  These are not a complete unit however they would provide you with 30 days of practice and  problem based math that is easily differentiated and great for multiple ability classrooms.

If you are looking for other place value activities that you could add to also use to supplement this package including games, task cards, and other activities please check out some of my fellow bloggers items here. These are great to supplement your place value unit and would be a great companion to my Mastering Math Sheets.

Order Numbers to 10000
Math Chat Speech BubblesThemed Place Value Practice
Mastering Math Sheet: Mental Math Addition
Happy Counting 🙂

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Literacy Unit: Making Predictions and Personal Recounts

Literacy Unit: Making Predictions and Personal Recounts

Click through to check out a literacy unit on making predictions and personal recounts! It integrates character traits lessons with reading comprehension. | literacy | teaching | elementary | students

My first language unit is ready.  If you have downloaded my long range plans then this unit is for you.  This unit integrates character traits lessons, with teaching the reading comprehension strategies of and Making Predictions.  Along with teaching students how to write a personal recount.

My Language block is structured in 100 min blocks.  Students are given three independent work times including one of those times for independent reading.  Mini lessons and time for goal development are included in daily in this schedule.  Guided reading or teacher conferencing based on student needs occurs during these independent times.

A diagnostic assessment for both the reading and writing tasks is included as an indication as to students level of understanding and skill in these areas.

Pieces of Me is a great lesson that students record possible writing prompts that are personal for them and that fall under four categories.  Students fill the puzzle pieces with ideas and examples of things or ideas that are important to them.  Students can go back to this work throughout the year for inspirations for creative writing tasks.

Teaching students how to recognize an Author’s Purpose is an important task to do at the beginning of the year and to continue to build on throughout the rest of the year.  This poster is included so that students can reference this throughout the year and also have a copy in their Reader’s Notebook.

This is my weekly schedule sheet that I use with students.  On the left are the weekly tasks for students to check off when completed and on the right is their schedule for what they would like to complete each day during their independent time.

I feel that it is important for students to have a scaffolded structure to use when they are first learning how to write a specific form of writing.  For some students they will continue to need this to organize their work.  For others they can continue on and write out a recount in a notebook.  This organizer helped my students produce great recounts that they could be proud of.

In reading it is also important to use organizers at the beginning of the unit to help students focus and collect thier thoughts when reading.  This organizer helps students understand the relationship between text clues, questions and predictions.

A recount full of facts is boring to the reader so I encourage my students to expand their writing by including thoughts, feelings, ideas and sensory ideas.  The goal is to write so that the reader can picture what the event was like and connect to the experience.  This brings it further then a simple factual retell to an interesting recount of events.

At the end of the unit carefully assess the students work using a rubric that target specific skills such as  knowledge, thinking, communication, and application.  Both the rubrics for reading and writing are included in this package.

If you are interested in this unit please visit my TPT store and download this great unit.  Click the photo below to ling to my store.
Happy Teaching!!!

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Why I love Long Range Plans (and you can too!!)

Why I love Long Range Plans (and you can too!!)

Feeling overwhelmed? Check out this 4/5 split long range plan! (Plus you can grab one for your split class, too!) | long range plan ontario | long range plans |

Its done!!!  My 4/5 Long range plans are finally completed.  Having such detailed plans this past fall was a life saver.  Being very pregnant with a toddler at home I didn’t have lots of time to plan these long range plans were a great tool that sat on my desk as a reference.  It helped to stay focused and on task and make sure that I had taught what I needed to before I left for my leave.  Even my LTO appreciated knowing what I had already covered and what she needed to still teach.  As I watched my colleagues without plans struggle to stay on task I was relieved that I spent the time last summer to have these complete and ready to go.

As you can see from my Term #1 plans I include details about literacy planning, Read Alouds, big ideas, Writing Forms, and Comprehension Strategies.  As well as the math units for both grades that can easily be taught together.  New I have included more detail for the social studies and science curriculum including Inquiry Questions, Big Ideas, and Culminating Tasks for both of the grades.  However I have removed Physical Education as I will no longer be teaching this subject.  OPHEA is a great resource and made up the bulk of my physical education program

Complete Long Range PlansIf you are interested in the units in my long range plans you can see them here
Balanced Literacy 
Social Studies
Science
Math
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Design a Room for Language Instruction

Design a Room for Language Instruction

Whether it's the beginning of a new year or not, it's never too late to design a room for language instruction! Click through to learn how. elementary | themes | ideas | high school | middle |

What can we do with 100 minutes during our language block.  With so much to do and so many expectations to cover how can we fit it all in?  Magic? yes perhaps sometimes.  However I also believe that solid planning is the key to success.  (and perhaps a timer to keep you on track…)

Planning your language block starts with your room layout

Get your classroom ready for the new year and design a room for language instruction. Click through to learn how in this step-by-step post! 1. Have A Meeting Place

Have a place in your room where all of your students can gather together to learn.  I use a carpet.  This is an expectation that all my students regardless of how cool they think they are sit together on the carpet for instruction.  I like having zones in the room.  Desks are for working and a carpet is for instruction.

2.  Have a Anchor Spot:

Find a place in the classroom that can be seen easily.  I am fortunate enough to have a wall covered with bulletin board space. I use this as my language board.  I post my learning goals, success criteria, anchor charts, student goals, bump it up wall, etc.  Students have one place to look for language and we review this frequently.
Get your classroom ready for the new year and design a room for language instruction. Click through to learn how in this step-by-step post! Get your classroom ready for the new year and design a room for language instruction. Click through to learn how in this step-by-step post!

Get your classroom ready for the new year and design a room for language instruction. Click through to learn how in this step-by-step post! 3. Classroom Library

Students need books to read and a selection of different types of books too.  I have collected many books over the years and bought some as well to keep the students excited about reading.  I also have recommended books out on display.  I strongly feel that any reading is reading and encourage not only novels, but also support graphic novels, magazines, e reading, fiction and non fiction.  In fact some of the most popular books in my room last year was my collection of classic Tin Tin books.  Keep your books together, well labeled and sorted.

4. The Stuff

  • Ikea Cardboard book boxes
  • 3 books per student in book box
  • Writing Notebook
  • Readers Notebook

5. Guided Reading / Conference Spot

It is important to have a space to meet with students.  I have a horseshoe table that works great for this purpose.  Although any table that seats 6 people would work.

How do you set up your room for language?
Leave me a comment below!!