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  1. I happened upon your site while researching science ideas for my 5th grade class.I also teach Language Arts, so I know what you mean about not having enough time to spend on spelling instruction during class.
    I have set up a spelling schedule that I use throughout the year. On Mondays, students are given the list words (25, usually). For homework, they write each word 3 times in cursive (this gets in some cursive practice). On Tuesday, they are given a 2 sided worksheet to complete and turn in on Thursday. We usually check it together in class right before the test on Friday.On short weeks of 4 days or less, I usually do not do a spelling unit. This gives me and the students a break.The parents and students seem to like that they have the same homework each night for spelling so if they are absent or wish to work ahead, they know exactly what to do. Words are posted each week on the class website.Their other teachers are aware of this homework, so they adjust their assignments accordingly.
    If we have time during class, we play "Sparkle", "Pictionary", or "Password". Another thing I do is have the students highlight a small word found within the larger spelling word.
    After the "3 times each papers" are checked, I announce and show on the document camera the "Spotlight" papers for the week. These are papers with no spelling or handwriting errors.Students really look forward to this. They are given a peppermint reward. I hope you can use some of these ideas.

  2. Hi Linda,
    I'm Paola, a tesol teacher in Italy.
    I was wondering if you could give me some advice for this year recital.
    I have three girls attending one of my english course , two are at an elementary level and one is intermediate. They are fifth graders, so I would like to connect the english recital at the end of the course, with their real life and the fact that they are ending the elementary school and getting ready for the middle. You know something related to growth, to big changes, goodbyes...
    I was thinking about some dialogues between them when they remember the fist day at school five years ago, and then I was thinking about some poems or songs.
    what do you think?
    Can you help me? Hope so
    Thanks in advance

  3. I just happened upon your site. You will be a Godsend for me during my first year of fifth grade.Thank you so much. Sheryl

  4. Do you do anything fun or interesting the last term of the year to prepare for year-end tests?

  5. I think you might be amused by this: