Sunday, October 07, 2012

Fall Has Arrived!

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Fall has arrived and I am thrilled!  The cool air, crisp leaves, orange pumpkins, and apple cider make me feel nostalgic about autumns gone by.  As I was driving to the dollar store today, I noticed the October skies and changing leaves.  It made me excited for Halloween and pumpkin carving! 


Because of the cold, rainy weather, I stayed in and finished up my latest resource which can be found by clicking on the pic below.  I was lost in the world of autumn so I thought I'd create a resource about turkeys!  With my fifth grade students in mind, I added activities for decimals, place value, multiplying one and two-digit numbers, writing, and more! They enjoy when I make themed activities that cover fifth grade content. I almost have to stop making games because they ask for them ALL.THE.TIME! :) I
differentiate by giving students' time restrictions for solving, adding writing as an explanation piece, and by choosing certain sets of numbers for some students vs. others. Differentiation is so easy when you use centers or games (yes, centers are okay in fifth grade...especially when they finish early!) With all of the curriculum that needs to be covered, extra resources just add a bit of fun to the busy day! I find that if you connect the fun activities to the learning, you can even replace some of the curriculum because the goal of the activity is the same goal as the lesson! Wow! That was a mouthful! You will find those kind of Common Core-aligned games in my latest resource here...
While I was at the dollar store, I picked up some synthetic autumn leaves to add to my classroom door.  I think I will scatter them about, put leaf clings on the door, and add my students' names on pumpkin cut-outs.  I'll add a picture when it's done!  While I was searching online to see if the dollar store had the leaves I was looking for, I came across this post on their website... Dollar Tree Autumn Leaf Idea for Teachers 
source:  Dollar Tree
I love that they are so teacher friendly that they came up with a lesson and listed the materials you could get at that store!  It doesn't get any easier than that!  Thank you, Dollar Tree, for thinking about the teachers!!! 
Happy Fall to everyone out there!  I hope you are planning, creating, designing, and enjoying autumn!