5th Grade Essentials

Every year, as summer reaches its midway point, I sit down and think about what I would like to do the same the next year, what I would like to get rid of, and what I would like to try.  This summer has been no different.

When I sat down and really thought about what programs make my year as a teacher run smoothly, four things popped up into my mind:

5th Grade Spiral Math
Calendar Math
Paragraph of the Week
Essay of the Month

Math Homework
Calendar Math

Essay of the Month
Paragraph of the Week

I can honestly tell you that these year long programs save my sanity.  Each one of them helps me to build eager, excited, motivated, and skilled scholars from my students.  Each one of them makes my day as a teacher fly by.  Each one of them lets me leave the classroom at the end of the day knowing that I did all I could to teach the standards and enable my students to excel.

How do they do that, you ask?

Well, all four of them take these big huge things that I am supposed to teach (hello, writing an essay!!) and breaks it down step by step into manageable chunks.  Kids are constantly practicing paragraph writing.  Kids are always going over those math standards that they just can't seem to master in the one lesson I have to teach it.  Kids are going back to things they never thought they would see again, and practicing, practicing, practicing.

Calendar and the Math Homework keep me on top of the math standards.  I love them for that.  I know that even if I don't get to a math lesson that day (because of pull outs, assemblies, fire drills, whatever) my students are covered for their math skills just because we do Calendar and HW.   They also cover the skills so I can focus on problem solving in class.

Paragraph of the Week and Essay of the Month (known as POTW and EOTM in my room) help my students to build STRUCTURED writing pieces so that in class we can focus on craft.  Knowing how to effectively build a paragraph, and then practicing it, has made my students competent writers who are able to then apply this structure to, say, the standardized tests where they are expected to formulate a complete essay within a given time frame.

These four things have truly revolutionized my classroom.  I am not a stress case about teaching.  I know it will all get done because I have the simple basics covered.

And now I want to help you get it covered too.  I have bundled these four things....all four YEAR LONG programs....into one big bundle, the 5th grade ESSENTIALS pack.  Getting it this way saves you about 20% off the price of all four individually.  Now, I know it is still expensive, but I know that you will find it worth it in the end.   But to help ease the pain just slightly, it is on sale at an even bigger discount!

I am also going to give one pack away.  All you have to do it pin the link from tpt, write on your pin why you would want this pack, and leave the link to the pin in the comments below (with your email address so I can contact you if you win).  Because this is such a big pack, I am going to be checking the pins closely.  I will chose the winner using a random number generator at 8pm PST on July 5, 2014.   Happy pinning and good luck!  (and if you can't wait because you want to get started NOW, it is on sale for you!)   


  1. What an exciting giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!


  2. Oh my goodness...I would LOVE to have this packet! Pinned! What an awesome deal. Thanks for even giving away one packet. Good luck to whoever is the lucky winner!

    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Great idea to bundle these. I would LOVE to win this because I teach 5th grade AND I love having something that I continually use throughout the year. Both the kids and I know what to expect and like having the routine that comes with having something like this that you can keep using all year. Thanks for the chance to win!



  4. This is so awesome! I wouldn't even have imagined that you would giveaway a pack!! Here's my pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/2533343515764536/ mrsruffin924@gmail.com

  5. I would LOVE to win this because it sounds AWESOME! and addresses 2 issues I'm focusing on for this new year--reviewing key math skills continuously and writing (my weakest subject). I also appreciate that you said these were the key items that kept you sane this past year.

    My pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/261842165810135336/
    Thanks for the chance to win! groovy7773@gmail.com

  6. I teach everything in 5th and this would make life a little easier.



  7. What a generous offer! Your work is always inspiring so thanks for sharing all your great ideas! My pin is here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/468233692481767338/
    and my email is teach.2@live.com

  8. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/137148751127390679/

    Would love to win this set! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/563231497121564558/
    I would love this because it would help me stay accountable for all of the standards.

  10. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/228065168604946556/ I would love this to get track and produce better writers (the POW and EOM) would be so great for my class. I have been looking for ways to incorporate calender math and this too seems like a good thing to do! lynseygranger1976@gmail.com

  11. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/494270127827229611/
    LOVE this bundle! I have always loved calendar math in the lower grades, but never saw an upper grade version! So excited to use this next year and really hope I win the WHOLE bundle because I love the other pieces also! Thanks for the chance!

  12. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/215117319676106555/
    Would love to have this pack. It would make me more organized and ensure that all standards are covered. rtrumm@yahoo.com

  13. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/206250857909847958/
    Thanks of the chance! This would really help me be ready to start in 5th grade after 3 years in 4th.

    Steph stephudy@gmail.com
    Simple Insights

  14. What a wonderful giveaway! It's such a fifth grade teacher's dream!;)
    My link: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/249316529347058955/

  15. I typed this earlier, and when I hit publish, it disappeared. So I am trying again (which is not easy with my arm in a cast!) Thank you for the time you spend creating such amazing resources, My link is: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/43558321370544201/


  16. A great giveaway! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/300544975106419322/


  17. Wow! Such an awesome and generous giveaway!



  18. This will be my 2nd year teaching 5th grade and would love something like this to help me get a handle on the standards! http://pinterest.com/pin/200269514654620868/

  19. What a great giveaway!



  20. I have all of these on my wishlist.

  21. Wow, what an awesome giveaway! I love all of these products, and totally agree with your teaching philosophies! The spiral math is an incredible way to get the students to remember concepts. The writing will really engage students and help them to not feel intimidated. Great products, designs, and framework. I would love to win, especially before school starts, to show my colleagues and have them purchase! Thank you for the opportunity, and have a great 4th of July!



  22. Thanks so much for the amazing opportunity! I am making a BIG change this year from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. This product is EXACTLY what I need to get me started! I love your work and I'm a big fan (regardless of if I win :) Thanks again for the chance!



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  24. I love the bundle you have! It is a great idea to review skills and standards all year long. It can take students a few months to understand how to solve math problems. I love the color coding of the sentences to help the students learn to elaborate and add details. I would love to win this pack!

    Francie Kugelman


    1. Francie, your number came up in the Random Number Generator!! You are the winner!!!! I have sent you an email....so make sure you check your inbox!

    2. Thank you so much! What an amazing bundle. I feel sooooo lucky!

  25. This would be awesome to use! I have a hard time squeezing everything into a very busy school day - this pack would help me streamline and set up a daily routine! What a great resource!


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  27. I could really use this for my kiddos-thanks for offering it!


    Katie Uppman

  28. This bundle has everything I need for math and language arts for the new year,
    Learning in Bliss

  29. This looks like such an awesome bundle! I would definitely love to have these to help streamline my teaching as you suggested. The POTW and EOTM look especially helpful as writing is always a subject that I struggle with. Thanks for the opportunity to win them. Here's my pin...........http://www.pinterest.com/pin/222154194093968433/

  30. I start teaching 5th grade for the first time in exactly one month! (yes, we start crazy early). This would be so helpful! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/216454325815384906/

  31. I will be rolling up with my students this year and will be teaching 5th grade for the first time! :) I am truly excited to be staying with my kiddos, but I definitely want to have some new learning routines for them. This pack would be perfect!! Thank you for the opportunity to win...maybe I'll get lucky! :) Julie

  32. This would be such an amazing way for me to start the year with a very challenging group that will be coming my way. It will reach be able to reach all of my learners and help me feel more confident when starting math for the first time this year- ELA TO ALL INCLUSIVE. Alfisher402@gmail.com


  33. I would love to win this! Thanks for offering such a generous giveaway! I have been very pleased using your products in the past, and would love to try some new ones! Thank you thank you!


  34. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/120752833733909296/



  35. Incredible resource!!

    Pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/132926626476817947/

  36. I would love to win this and start out the school year right! What better way to reach a challenging group than with routines! I love learning new things and using them with my kiddos!



  37. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/107171666108126628/
    This looks like such a well outlined plan for teaching writing and math in a 5th grade self contained classroom. I know I had placed the paragraph of the week or essay of the month on my wish list so winning this would take care of a big chunk of things for the new school year! bordelons@pearlandisd.org

  38. Stephanie BookoutJuly 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Thank you so much for the opportunity!


  39. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/323625923196493308/

    My name is Whitney Riley. I just graduated and will begin my career teaching 5th grade. Having this bundle made by an actual teacher and tested in a real classroom would be an absolute blessing for my first year. Thank you!

    My email is: wariley1@wichita.edu

  40. Hi I am going back to teaching after a ten year hiatus (raising my kiddos). I will be teaching 4th grade and was wondering if you were going to bundle the 4th grade packs into an essential pack as you did with the fifth grade. I am ready to purchase now but would wait if you tell me it will be cheaper as a bundle in the coming month. I'm excited to use what looks like a wonderful program Thank you!

  41. I'm trying to think about what I will do differently this year too. My school system provides a weekly spiral math review, but I don't feel like it's adequate because I had to spend a lot of time doing my own review toward the end of the year. It amazed me how much they had forgotten, even with the district review. I have been trying to work on creating my own reviews for this year, but I love that you already have everything together for all of these subjects. I would love to use this bundle with my class this year!

  42. I am a first year teacher and don't have very many resources. This bundle would set my class up for the whole year!


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