Five for Friday - May 16

Still wrapping my brain around my assignment change next year. If you had 90-minutes for math (or maybe you do) with fifth graders, how would you structure your time? I'm kind of leaning towards a math workshop approach, but I need some inspiration...

Got my fifth Fix. This one was my best one yet, even though I only kept one thing. I would have kept more, but you'll see some of the issues I had.

I also got a black satchel that I forgot to photograph because I'm sending it back. I have more than enough purses. We'll get into my Coach outlet problem another time...

Click {here} if you are interested in checking out Stitch Fix.

I'm pretty excited to be part of awesome starting on Saturday. And then I'm extending it on Sunday so you can participate, too. So if you have any great ideas for organizing at the end of the school year, get ready to link up!

Need some last minute ideas to get your students (and you!) through the end of the year? Make sure that you follow me on Facebook. Tomorrow I'll spill the beans about some great deals happening this weekend!

Journeys only has a few full novels to go with it, and this week we started one of them, Frindle. I wasn't too wild about the plans that Journeys provided for it, so I went searching on TpT. I was excited to see that the top two results were from teacher-authors that I already followed, so those are the resources I decided to use.

{This resource from Martha Hach} will provide the day-to-day structure for us. A 15-day lesson plan is included in the resources to make it really easy to map out. I love her use of MIWs with summary writing. MIWs are Most Important Words. Kids find 5-7 MIWs per chapter, then use those words to help write the summary. I'm finding that it helps them leave out the fluffy details of the chapter and focus on the meat.


For digging little deeper, I am using {another one of Martha's products} and well as {one from Jessica Lawler}. They both provide great activities for amping up the rigor, since this book is actually pretty easy for fifth graders. We haven't gotten into these activities quite yet since we just started the book, but the activities look great for characterization, figurative language, and extensions.

Twelve more day!!


  1. Diane, I'd be more than happy to help you out with your math block! That's exactly what I taught last year, and I loved it!
    My daily plan always consisted of: math facts practice and quizzes, quick spiral review, teaching new concepts and practice, and math stations and/or choice boards while I worked with a small group on reteaching.
    Email me about any specific questions or anything else at
    Southern Fried Teachin’

  2. I LOVED doing Math Workshop! My kids loved it last year, I teach talented and gifted now and did not do math workshop, but I am thinking about going back to it even with my smaller Talented and Gifted group next year. Let me know if you need help with anything!


  3. I would love to have 90 minute blocks to teach Math!!!! But, it is a long time. I would definitely do Math workshop.
    I know you love teaching SS, but you will rock at Math!!!!

    Hodges Herald

  4. I love your grey striped top! So cute... I tend to choose lots of white, black, and grey as well but I've been trying to add in some mint and blue to the wardrobe this season!

    I'll have to make a note to link up on Saturday/Sunday with some organizational tips! Love checking things off my list at the end of the year!

    Amanda :)
    My Shoe String Life.

  5. I dabbled with math workshop last year and loved it. I'm sure you will have a busy summer gearing up for that change!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  6. You'll have to post how your Frindle novel study goes! That is one that I am going to be doing next year. I already have Jessica Lawler's product, but would love to know how both work out. :)
    :) Steph
    Simple Insights

    1. My link isn't working…oops.. Sorry!

    2. I like the first one for the day-to-day assignments. When we get through the book, I'll go back and do the additional activities.

  7. I'm excited to hear what you do with your 90 minutes of math! That could be so much fun :) I taught math workshop last year and really loved it. Having extra time really allows you to dig in deeper with your mathematicians and discuss problems. It allowed my class to feel less rushed and more comfortable with the material. I felt better as a teacher too!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!

    XO, Kelly Anne

  8. I love that floral top! Too bad about the button. :(
    I read a great book last summer called Minds on Mathematics: Using Math Workshop to Develop Deep Understanding in Grades 4-8 (by Wendy Ward Hoffer) that helped with structure etc.
    Have a great weekend,
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  9. I love the gray striped shirt! It looks great on you! I can't wait to read your future blog posts on your 90 minute blocks next year; whatever you do will be awesome!
    Loose Shoelaces

  10. I used to do a 90 minute math block and then bumped it up to a 2 hour time. I do whole group and then break into five groups for the remainder of the time. I don't send home math homework because we take the time to do it in class. This gives the kids an opportunity to ask me any questions and keeps the parents from ripping their hair out. The time I used to waste on checking homework now goes into more practice. I allow the kids to do a lot of self-checking as well. I've done it this way for the past two years and have had huge success!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  11. I just started teaching Frindle too! I have one of those resources too, but am curious to know how the others work out and about anything you add to it. This is my first time teaching it so I'm not much help to you yet.

    1. The first one is working well for the day-to-day assignments. Haven't started with the others, yet. It's also my first time teaching it :)


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