Five for Friday - Nov. 1

It's Friday again - thank goodness! What a week! I just seems that things are getting busier and busier at school and at home. I'm sure that I'm not alone in feeling that way.

Since I'm not currently on my home computer, I guess that I'll have to use Doodle Bugs' cute numbers :)

This week we wrapped up the Vikings and started with Marco Polo. If I never hear "Marco!...Polo!" again, it will be too soon.

Instead of students doing individual timelines this year, I'm going a different route. I used to have a long, vertical timeline made with strips of notebook paper to record all of the different explorers. The purpose was to show that they bunch up around the late 1400s and early 1500s, thus creating the Age of Exploration. Since the students would either lose the timeline or make it a crumpled mess, I decided to hang centuries from the ceiling and then hang the explorers where they belong. I think that the clumping will be very evident with that as well. Here it is so far.

Along the lines of timelines, we always did an accordion timeline where we wrote specific details on each explorer. Although the kids loved playing with them, they were a challenge to assemble correctly and keep together.

I found an idea on {Ginger Snaps} using explorer trading cards. She has a freebie for her template, and even includes an editable version. I decided to try this project this year, but then there was a question of storage. I stapled a baggie inside the front cover of their interactive folders so (hopefully) they won't get lost. I'm not holding my breath...


We finally got our Walking Classroom program going this week. Unfortunately, it rained, so we had to do it inside. I'm hoping that next week will be nicer outside.

Here's {fun freebie} that we did this morning. The students really enjoyed roll a die to find their number and then crossing out words. Students used the words that were left to create sentences. They had a good time finding ways to use the seemingly unrelated words in a sentence or two. I know it's too late for this year, but maybe file away for next year. Or, you could cut off the top pictures and use it for any topic.

Guess who has a freebie included in this Monday's Educents deals?! ME!!! Starting on Monday, you will be able to download my Apple for the Teacher ELA Centers as a freebie!! Doesn't the promo look all professional and exciting?!


  1. Between "Marco" "Polo" and "Right" man, it is definitely time to move on!! :) The video was uber good, even the third time.

  2. Glad to see you enjoyed the freebie! I'll be creating a similar one for Winter soon!

  3. That is SO exciting, Diane! I cannot wait to snag those centers. Woohoo!! :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  4. LOVE your ideas for Marco Polo and explorer unit! I can imagine you are so sick of them saying that. haha! I can't wait to pick up your centers! Awesome :) That timeline idea looks fun.. but does seem challenging. Might have to try it with my kiddos :)

    Have a great weekend!


  5. Love the idea of hanging the timeline from the ceiling instead of having the kids keep one. We have to create multi-tier timelines this year. We're teaching explorers through regions - so we'll see how that goes. I'm doing an activity where we need to compare Spanish and English exploration... So I think I might try that with two tracks on the ceiling or with two clothes lines... it cant' hurt to try?

    Thanks for the great idea!

    My Shoe String Life

  6. I think hanging the timeline from the ceiling is a fabulous idea! Way to engage multi-sensory learners!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  7. Hi, I am seeing your blog for the first time when I was searching for 5th grade blogs. In January, I am starting a unit on USA's history of inequality focusing on Native Americans, Japanese Americans, Black Americans, and then people with learning differences. We are going to study each group and learn about people who fought to make it right. I needed an idea for how to "construct" the timeline in class as a visual for where we are in the unit, and I think this is a great way! Glad I found you! Looks like you are enjoying the school year!

  8. Congrats on getting into Educents! I'm still trying. :)

    Have you already blogged about your Walking Classroom program? I'm interested in this!

  9. LOVE that hanging timeline! Such a great visual! We're not allowed to hang anything from the ceiling-security sensors or some nonsense, but I would totally steal this idea if I could!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  10. Love the ceiling timeline!


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