Friday, January 4, 2013

Upper Elementary Teachers Need Love , Too!


This blog was just an idea a few days ago and now look at it! I really wanted to start this blog because I really felt like the blogging world was missing some awesome collaboration from upper grade teachers. So, with that in mind, I enlisted the help of some great blogger/teacher friends to get the ball running. We have real experts in their fields and I know this blog will be a great tool for any upper grade teacher.


Now a little about me….

My name is Jennifer Findley and I have two adorable sons. Blake is 7 and very smart and spunky. Brody is 9 and autistic. He is also nonverbal and like a toddler trapped in a big boy's body. Needless to say, everyday is a trip with him! We never know what he will get into next. Currently, I am working on my 4th year as an inner city teacher in Chattanooga, TN. I taught 3rd my first year (which I LOVED) and then 5th grade for the past three years. I just can’t seem to find my way out of 5th grade! 5th  is such a great grade to teach if you can look past the drama that comes with teaching 10-11 year olds. I love their independence and ability to really think creatively. I teach in a very rigorous, yet engaging manner. My favorite items to create are games and centers that are fun, visually appealing but also directly aligned to those pesky standards.


Now for the FREEBIE! I absolutely love creating holiday inspired centers and games. I have been working on some super cute language centers with a fun Valentine theme. This one covers prepositions and it is free for all of you blogger friends! Just click on the image below to download your copy today.





In addition to this freebie, I am going to put my 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Essential Question packs for all the Literacy Common Core standards on sale 20% this weekend only. These awesome resources contain essential questions and teaching prompts for every Literacy standard. In fact, each standard has its very own page with anywhere from 4 to 8 questions! These are a must have when planning lessons for the common core, especially if you use backward design or are required to teach with essential questions.

You can find the 3rd grade version here, 4th grade version here, and 5th grade version here!


Well, enough about me. I can’t wait for you to meet all of the contributors! Remember to check back every day to meet a new teacher and check out their awesome freebie!


What do you most want to see shared on this blog?




37 comments:

  1. Awesome job Jennifer! I'm going to use your freebie with my fifth graders:)

    Jen

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  2. Hi Jennifer! I taught 5th grade for a number of years (I've lost count!)and I agree that 5th is a great grade. I like the kids' personalities at that age. They are so funny! I teach 2nd grade now and that's great as well. I'm you newest follower!
    I visited Chatanooga last summer and really liked it. My family has some sort of connection to Craven's House, although I'm not exactly sure what that connection is. I would love to go back and visit again. Rock City was totally cool. All we really saw were the touristy sites, next time I want to explore the town itself.

    Take care,
    karen
    LittleSecond-GradeSomebodies

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    1. Hi Karen! I have always wanted to teach 2nd grade. For some reason, I just think that grade is perfect! I love Rock City. It is supposed to be beautiful when they decorate it for Christmas, but I haven't gone during that time. Maybe I will go this year! I think the boys would love it!

      Thanks for visiting! I am heading to your blog now!
      Jennifer
      Teaching to Inspire in 5th

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  3. Hi Jennifer,

    I teach a grade 5/6 split and I love it. Either these kids or Grade 12 students are my favorite kids to teach.
    Thank you for the freebie it looks awesome.
    I am really looking forward to following this blog.
    Verna Lynn

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    1. Thank you, Verna! I would love to teach a 5/6 split. It seems like it would be challenging, but also rewarding.

      Have a great weekend!
      Jennifer
      Teaching to Inspire in 5th

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    2. Verna,

      I taught a 5/6 split last year and really struggled with it. I'd love to hear how you manage to cover both sets of standards. Teaching in the inner city, I had to make sure to cover both since I didn't know if they would be my students this year with all the mobility.

      Have a great day!
      Amy

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  4. I also teach 5th grade... and LOVE it! I think I found my niche!! :) I previously taught 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 8th... but I think 5th graders are the best!! :)

    I think the thing I would most like to see on here is implementation of the Common Core... I like where it's going, it's just going to be a transition. I like following the various blogs and seeing what people are doing and creating, and I really like the idea of this one... seeing what people are doing and creating in the upper grades! So... With that said... Thanks for this blog, and I look forward to "meeting" everyone!! :)

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    1. Oh! And THANKS for the freebie!!!!! :)

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    2. Bridget, you have come to the right place! We are all about the Common Core and aligning resources to help ease the transition.

      Glad you are here!
      Jennifer
      http://teachingtoinspirein5th.blogspot.com

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  5. I LOVE that you have started this blog! My very first year was in 1st grade, but I spent the last 5 years teaching fourth. Now I am the Title I Reading specialist for grades 3-5 at my school. I don't know if you'd be interesting in adding collaborators at this time, but I would LOVE to help out!

    melissa.dalton@live.com
    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

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    1. Melissa, be on the lookout for guest blogger opportunities. Love your blog name, by the way!

      Jennifer

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  6. Great introduction! I love the freebie and plan to use it with my kiddos. Thanks so much!

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  7. What a great blog!!! As a fellow 5th grade teacher, I will definitely be checking back in to see what exciting ideas you come up with!

    Terry Abromitis
    Terry's Teaching Tidbits

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    1. Yay, Terry! Glad to have you as a follower!

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  8. I love this collaboration! Will look forward to reading this regularly!

    Wendy

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! And I love your image! Such a cute dog.

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  9. Great freebie, Jennifer! Anything to make parts of speech a little more fun!

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  11. I am so excited that you are a contributor to this blog. There are so many lower elementary resources and very few for upper elementary. I look forward to great collaboration! Let me know if you need any help.

    Felicia
    I Mustache the Teacher

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    1. Thanks, Felicia. Love your blog name, too!

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  12. Great intro! Can't wait to see each and every collaborator's first post!

    Meg

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  13. Great freebie Jennifer! I miss the older kids sometimes! :)

    Karen
    Mrs. Jones’s Kindergarten

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    1. Thanks, Karen. And I would love to try to teach the little ones at least once in my career!

      Jennifer

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  14. Loved your introduction! I also love (and have so much fun) coming up with centers and hands-on activities that my students will enjoy and learn from. Can't wait to read about tomorrow's contributor :)

    Heather
    2 Brainy Apples

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    1. Heather, I would teach small group with centers going on all day if I could!

      Jennifer

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  15. Thank you for the freebie Jennifer! Perfect timing! We are about to start prepositions!! It's perfect! Thanks so much for your hard work and for sharing it!! I'm super excited anytime I see an upper elementary blog!

    And I know I've said it before, but if you ever need another contributor or a guest blogger, we'd love do it! We are all about collaborating!!

    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! I am so glad you can use it! And isn't collaboration awesome?

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  16. A new blog, how exciting!!! This will be especially beneficial to us upper grade teachers who flip flop from grade to grade each year. Thanks for creating such a valuable site! Excited to follow :)

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  17. I loved reading your intro! I am sorry I am just getting around to commenting on it...I read it yesterday when it posted. Thank you for the freebie that I am sure will be a hit with my kiddos! I am excited to be a part of this amazing group!

    Andrea

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  18. It's just the beginning of a great blog. Thanks for getting it started.

    Denise

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  19. Thanks for the Freebie! I am very excited about this blog, and from learning from such great teachers.
    Stacy
    Leading and Reading

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  20. I just found this blog through TBA. I came from 5th and (moved to PK, K and 2nd) now I'm in 3rd and can't seem to get out of it...but I think it's where I belong.

    Can't wait to hear from more teachers!
    Deniece

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  21. This is so exciting!! Sometimes I feel left out as an upper elementary teacher:) Thank you so much for the time you have put into this new blog and I cannot wait to see all that it offers. I am off to check out your essential questions packet!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  22. Great post, Jennifer! My school is making a big push this year to design our lessons using the UbD framework, so your essential questions packets are right up my alley! :)

    Blair

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