After seeing Create Teach Share’s post about her Close Reading Toolkits, I knew I wanted to do something similar for math tools. Math centers are a huge part of math instruction in my classroom, so I created a toolbox of math tools that my students use on a regular basis. I have included quite a… Read More

## 10 Ways to Get Students Writing in Math

Writing in math is more common and important in the elementary years than ever before. When I was in school, I barely remember writing more than a sentence in math class. Now, students are required and expected to write several sentences and even paragraphs explaining their math and justifying their answer. This can definitely be… Read More

## How I Teach Reading in 5th Grade

Teaching reading in 5th grade is one of the best parts of teaching 5th grade. The standards and text level are more rigorous than in primary grades, but the students are much more independent. The books the students read are much more entertaining and interesting to read as a teacher. The discussions can be quite meaningful… Read More

## Track Data from Assessments with This Simple Form (Freebie)

A few months ago, I shared the data tracking forms that I use after giving my students larger benchmark assessments or quarterly tests. You can read that post and grab those forms by clicking here. Now, I want to share with you my favorite form that I use to track data after any formative assessment (formal… Read More

## Math Manipulatives for 5th Grade (Free Printable Activities)

Students love using math manipulatives, and they often help the students understand key math concepts. Students in the primary grades use manipulatives on a regular basis. As a fifth grade teacher, I try to actively bring in as many manipulatives as I can in my math instruction. In this post, I want to share with… Read More

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