Category Archives: 5th Grade

First Day of School Activities

excerpted from Classroom Management for Teachers.com

First Day of School Activities

Lots of First Day Activities from Cape Brenton Victoria School Board

First Day of School Activities by Katie Hallum

First Days of School Script for Teachers by Katie Hallum

Back to School Preparation Checklist and Month by Month Schedule for First Grade by Terry Analore

Everybody Needs A Rock Activity by Jan Tappan

Activities for First Day by Scholastic

Interest Inventory for getting to know your students

Nine Questions to Ask Students on First Day of School by Elona Hartes

101 Things to Do on the First Day of School

Math Activities for the Beginning of the Year

Article: Reviewing the Steps to Take Before Starting the Year

Ice Breakers

Kathy Schrock’s First Day Activities/Ice Breakers

Teachnology Ice Breakers

Ice Breaker List

Ice Breakers and Warm Ups

Welcome Letters

These can be adapted for any grade level and were created using Printshop:

First Grade

Second Grade (Spanish/English)

More sample Letters from Scholastic

First Day of School Read Alouds

First Day of School Books

Also Worth Reading

Things to do before starting year of Open Court Reading

Back to School, It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Classroom Management Articles

Have a great year if you haven’t started already!

Civil War Links


Here are links for teaching about the Civil War.  Thank you to Dionne Hemphill for the latest additions to the list.
Maps of the Civil War – Library of Congress

Thousands of Civil War Photographs

The Civil War Home Page

Civil War Free Clip Art

Civil War Links

Civil War Internet Paths to Explore

Half Slave and Half Free

Carrying the Running-Aways

So I Became a Soldier

Charley Skedaddle

Historic Places Connected with Abraham Lincoln

Follow the Drinking Gourd

The History Place presents Abraham Lincoln

The Underground Railroad @ nationalgeographic.com

Harriet Tubman fantastic site

History Lessons for English Language Learners

Battle Hymn of the Republic

If You Were President Game

Teaching the Civil War with Technology

Underground Railroad Research Site

Interactive Underground Railroad Games

National Geographic

Scholastic

Pathways to Freedom

Find other resources for this unit here.

Revolutionary War Links

Here are resources I’ve compiled for teaching the American Revolution/Revolutionary War.  Thank you to Dionne Hemphill for the latest additions to the list.

The Road to Revolution – Game

Lesson Plans for Teaching (SCORE)

The American Revolution – Education World

Constitution Day Activities

Natural History Museum – Making a New Nation

Timeline of American Revolution

The American Revolution

The Declaration of Independence

Making of the Constitution

Articles of Confederation vs. Constitution Graphic Organizer

Kids in the House House of Representatives Site for Kids

History and Geography

History Lessons for English Language Learners

If You Were President Game

Tasks Related to American Revolution

Revolutionary War Biographies

Biographies of Women in War

Virtual Marching Tour of the Revolutionary War

Revolutionary War Online Resource

Kids Page at Valley Forge

Find other resources for this unit here.

Mock Election Ballot

Have your students participate in the upcoming election using this ballot created by Francie Kugelman, frequent web site contributor….

Download Election Ballot

Create Your Own Campaign Ad

Now your students have a chance to create their own campaign ad for their presidential bid thanks to the National Constitution Center.  Due to the tongue in cheek nature of the campaign commercial that results this is probably most appropriate for older students like fifth grade to middle school.

Visit Ad-o-Matic here.

Students take a picture of themselves or upload a photo, choose a party, pick issues that are important to them and then the site does the rest. It does not let you choose your policy. In other words, I say I care about the environment and the site says I want to install air fresheners in buildings.

Mac users may need to fine-tune the settings to get their built in iSight camera to be recognized but otherwise this was really easy to make.  To get past the novelty and result in some real learning, you’ll need to discuss the issues in greater depth.

Here’s the commercial I created…