Fabulous in Fifth Grade

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A new name, a change in place…

As I’ve been trying to find my way in the overwhelming world of blogging, I think I’ve learned a few things. First and foremost, finding a regular time to blog is hard! Being a teacher leaves so little free time that sometimes when grading is piling up and lessons are waiting to be polished, blogging gets put on the back burner. Second, usernames matter. I don’t think that my blog title “Fabulous in Fifth” was an accurate representation of my blog. I do teach 5th grade, yes, but I think that much of what I talk about is universal education truth. Can’t we all relate to pencil sharpeners and common core? Finally, the platform you choose to blog on matters. There is an almost endless list to choose from: wordpress, blogger, tumblr, livejournal, and so on. I initially chose wordpress because some of the articles I had googled told me how good it is for customization, and how the writing that I create will remain in my control. Well, that may be true, but there is something to be said for an easy, user-friendly format- especially when you are often on the go. So with all that being said…. Fabulous in Fifth is no more. I’m now the new and improved



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Decimal Computation Cheat Sheet

My students struggle with decimal computation. Grid paper helps with addition and subtraction, but they struggle with division and multiplication. To help, we did a few interactive journal entries from the math journal guide that Runde’s Room published. That still wasn’t quite enough, so I made this decimal computation cheat sheet for them to tape in their math notebooks. Follow this link to download it at TpT (free!).

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Free address labels!

Today only, shutterfly is offering 1 free sheet of address labels! The coupon code is FREELABELS.¬†You will have to pay shipping ($1.99) and tax ($0.05 for me in MA), but for $2.04 these are a great deal. Instead of address labels, I sometimes just personalize them with “From the library of…” and put them on the spine of my professional books. Great way to keep track of them!¬†

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Equivalent Fraction name tags

A few weeks ago, I learned a shocking statistic. Fractions are traditionally the weakest area in mathematics in America. In fact, on the¬†2004 NAEP fewer than 30% of 17-year-olds correctly¬†translated 0.029 as 29/1000. True to this statistic, the students in my class have vocalized their fear of fractions repeatedly to me. “They’re just hard, Mrs. B!” One girl said to me. Most of the other students nodded in agreement, supporting her statement. I was surprised to find that only three students in the class could correctly describe to me what a “denominator” was beyond “the number on the bottom of a fraction.” I took a giant step back from our 5th grade curriculum, and did a few days of fraction intervention. Today, we had “equivalent fraction day.” The students all got a name tag with a fraction on it. The students adopted this name for the day. Here is the kicker though- they had to simplify the fraction before they could say it! For instance, my name tag said 33/36, but the students called me Mrs. 11/12. How fun! Once we all received our name tags and simplified our own fractions, the students raced around the room and tried to simplify as many of the fraction names as they could. The student with the most, won some “hoot loot” – our classroom currency. We had a fun day!


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Snowy weekend

So, early last week we Bay Staters began to hear rumbles of a snow storm coming our way. “Don’t worry,” they told us, “it won’t be a big one.” So, life went on as planned. Around Tuesday we got the word that it may be a foot of snow. Well, that is inconvenient but manageable. After all, we have experience in this category! By Wednesday night, they were predicting over 3 feet of snow.


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See that cute little 37.3″ prediction? That is right over my city….


So, Thursday we had parent teacher conferences. School was released early, and we had afternoon and evening sessions for appointments. During our afternoon session, the principal announced that there would be no school in our district on Friday. Woo! An unexpected day off is great for getting things done.

So, during the¬†beginning¬†of the storm on Friday I graded 80 tests, uploaded grades into our online data server, cleaned my house, and caught up on TV shows. Excellent. Then, I looked outside….


This is about halfway through the storm. My car is under there- somewhere!

my car


The snowdrift in front of the car, and many others, was taller than me. Unreal! The snow kept on coming, and didn’t end until Saturday night. All said and done, Nemo (as it was named by the Weather Channel) became a historical blizzard in Massachusetts. In fact, school was canceled again today for most of the state. Sidewalks aren’t shoveled, snow banks are too high to see past at intersections, and parking lots are atrocious.


All being said, I am ready to get back to school. There is only so much grading, planning, and cleaning a girl can take!