Sunday, February 28, 2016

Products for Payday Linky

Welcome to Focused on Fifth's Products for Payday linky. Once a month we'd like to show you some of our favorite products and how we use them in our classrooms.  If you would like to link up with us, please use our graphic above and link back to this post. Happy Payday! 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Keeping it Simple: Bulletin Boards

Hi! It's Kim from Quinnessential Lessons. I am here to share my new approach to bulletin boards.

I think sometimes teachers are our own worst enemy. We go above and beyond in everything that we do. In return we can easily burn out. Like many of you,  I spend too much time on Pinterest looking for lessons, crafts, and bulletin boards that will inspire and amaze the students, parents and other teachers. The result - I am constantly half way through projects, trying to finish and hang them up before we are into the next season.

When I started teaching I would change my bulletin boards every..single..month! I am surprised I did not lose my mind.

I love having my bulletin boards covered with colorful displays of student work. What I don't love is having to change those bulletin boards or worse, I hate being embarrassed when I still have a halloween display up long after Thanksgiving.

This year I started taking a new approach - Keep it Simple!

I decided I would only change my boards a few times. The first was a typical Open House displays. These could have stayed up all year.

You can read more about this display here.

As the weather turned colder and we started our fraction unit, I looked for a quick and easy bulletin board idea that would take me through the winter.

I used this activity to review equivalent fractions with my students.

These adorable snowmen are from Krista Wallden at Creative Clips. You can get them free here.

In another month I will need to come up with a final spring bulletin board idea. One that will take me through the end of the year. 

How do you Keep It Simple with your bulletin boards? I would love for you to share your ideas. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

February's What Are You Reading?

Welcome to our February What Are You Reading? linky party. You are invited to join us by blogging about a book you are reading for the upper elementary classroom. It can be a book your students love, a professional book, an old favorite or a new must have. So what are you reading?

To link up with us, please write a short blog post about a book that includes our graphic and link back to this post. Happy Reading from Focused on Fifth!