This post is a brief overview of what is included in my 5th Grade Guided Math bundle. If you'd like to learn more about how I teach Guided Math in my classroom, check out this post!

Okay, back to this post. I am so excited to tell you about my Guided Math bundle. I included so much, because it is my goal to give you everything you need so you can feel empowered to successfully implement Guided Math in your classroom! I hope this resource can save you a lot of time. With all of your lesson plans written, and resources gathered in one place, this will help you gain back some of your precious free time this school year!

Guided Math for Fifth Grade is composed of 13 units divided into four quarters. The units range anywhere from 1 week long to 5 weeks long, depending on the standard(s) being covered. There are 8 weeks of lesson plans for each quarter. (If you work in a traditional school, this will leave you one week for review or test prep each quarter. You can also use that extra week as a buffer week because we all know interruptions happen that get you off track.) Check out the year at a glance below.

Click the images above to see the pacing guides for Common Core and for TEKS. ALL Common Core standards are covered. Learn more about TEKS correlation here.

Guided Math is intended for small group instruction done by the teacher. These lessons are designed to be done as targeted instruction in a group setting, but teachers may choose to use some of the materials in whole group lessons as well.

Want to download a free sample day from my Guided Math Curriculum? This includes a lesson plan, practice page, and extension activity! Click on your grade level:

Vocabulary cards, definitions, and questions from the lessons are provided to display. You can put these in a pocket chart, or have them out on the table while you are teaching a lesson.
Printables are intended to be used to support instruction and provide students with hands on tools, posters, templates, and more that can help them understand whatever topic you are covering.

A practice page is included for each day and covers the objective taught this day. Use this during your small group lesson to check for understanding, or make it a part of your rotations!

Extension activities are also included for each day. These can be used after students have been taught the day's lesson. You can add them to your rotations or centers.
Additional resources are provided to support your instruction. These resources vary from foldables, to games, to extra practice.

One of my favorite things in the Guided Math units are the unit overviews. Try color coding how well your class did with a lesson as you teach them. Save every unit overview and when its time to review for state testing, you know exactly what objectives to spend the most time reinforcing.

The Guided Math Bundle also includes a Teacher Handbook & Overview. Inside you can find these unit reflection sheets. They are a great place to take notes and reflect on your teaching as you teach the units. Put down areas you want to review, things you want to do different next year, etc... This is also something you can use to show your administrator that you reflect on your teaching practices!

The Guided Math bundle has Student Graphs that you can use to allow students to graph their pre and post assessment scores to track their growth. There is also a generic graph that you can use to track scores from any math assessment you give.

Buy the 5th Grade Guided Math Bundle HERE.

Click HERE to learn more about how I run Guided Math time in my classroom.

The lines between public, private, professional, and personal worlds are often blurred by the internet. As a teacher, you can never be too careful with privacy. Here are some things to keep in mind.

When parents sign photo consent forms at the beginning of the year, these do not give you, as the teacher, the right to take pictures of them any time you want and to post them online. It is important to understand that these photo consent forms are typically to allow children to be photographed for activities happening at the school and also yearbook photos. They generally do not protect you should a parent find a photo of their child taken by you on the internet.

I said it before and I'll say it again. Nothing is private on the internet. It is not okay to take pictures of your class and post it to your social media. Even if you have the most private settings possible—it’s not okay! It is also not okay to post pictures on a blog or in a Facebook group you are a part of. (Even teacher Facebook groups! You never know who is really in them!) I see this just about every day, and I just think to myself how that would make me feel as a parent if that were my child’s photo being shared in a group of thousands of people. Sure, the teacher might be sharing a fun activity they did, but does that give the teacher the right to post my child’s photo online? It doesn’t. It’s also not okay to post pictures of students on Instagram, Twitter, or anywhere else! All it takes is for one person to take a screenshot of your social media, and then they can send it to whoever they want. Remember, it is your job to protect your students.
It’s not okay to talk in specifics on social media about your class, a specific student, parent, family, administrator or co-worker. Don’t name names, and just don’t do it period. It’s bad etiquette and could cost you your job! Even if you are being vague or venting to “friends” chances are people can figure out who you are talking about. 

Your district might have a specific policy for social media. Have you read it? A lot of people don’t realize their district has policies in place that forbid them from “friending” families or students. Your district might also forbid you from tagging them as your place of work! Hand in hand with this come policies that say that you can be held accountable for what you post online. I have witnessed people being fired for insensitive things posted on the internet.

While I caution against posting any pictures on social media of your students, the exception might be creating a closed Facebook group where you invite parents only. I strongly advise you to run it by your administrator first, and to get expressed written consent from parents to post classroom photos in this closed group. (Separate from any photo consent form signed for the school.) 

You can never be too cautious with what you put online. Think of your career, your families, and of course, your students.

Getting ready for the beginning of the school year is always a rush! There is never enough time to do everything you'd like, so why not save yourself some time at the end of the year to make the beginning easier? Here are some tips to save you time:

Don't you hate making back to school copies? Depending on the system at your school, you might need to wait to be given a copy code before you can make these copies. And then, once you finally have your copies ready to be made, there is a line at the machine. Save yourself this trouble by making your beginning of the year copies at the end of the school year! Likely, you already know what you like to use those first few days, so why not use up your copies now and save yourself the hassle later? You can also make copies for meet the teacher/or open house.

Here's a freebie for you. Go ahead and get it copied now!

Purge! This is my favorite one. Have you ever heard someone say that teachers are hoarders? It happens to the best of us. Before school lets out for the summer, go through your cabinets and drawers and get rid of stuff you KNOW you won't be using anymore. We all accumulate junk over the years! Random things that are just taking up precious real estate in the classroom or storage space! Chances are you have twenty-something little friends who'd love to take some things home with them so they can play school. Over the years I collected many posters and other teaching tools that are no longer relevant with today's curriculum. It makes my heart happy to know that my students are playing school with these things at home. I remember my first grade teacher let me have a lot of her old things and I used to spend hours playing school with that stuff. I even still have some of her old school stamps with her initials on them! :)
Laminate! Is there anything that you know will need laminating at the beginning of the year? Avoid lines at the laminating machine by getting some things taken care of now. One thing I always do is make privacy folders for my students. I glue two file folders together and then run them through the laminator. This makes for a great privacy shield for my students to use while they are taking tests, or when they just want a little help concentrating. You might consider laminating any posters, name tags, badges, folders, or other things you know you will be using.
Supplies: Take inventory of what supplies you have left over and make a list of what you'll be needing. Since a lot of teachers (unfortunately) have to purchase their own supplies, it will help you later on in the summer if you know exactly what you need and what you have enough of. If you have a few boxes of pencils still, go ahead and get those sharpened now! You know you will need them, so if you are fortunate enough to have any leftover at the end of the year, go ahead and get them sharpened. You'll have more important things to be doing later. 
Organize your classroom library. This is something I try to do at the end of the school year because books are bound to end up in the wrong spots throughout the year. Once the library is organized, you can mark it off so students don't go in it anymore. (I usually do this with only a day or so left of school if I know we won't be needing it much.) 

I hope these tips save you some time at the beginning of the year!
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