If you have read my blog for any length of time, you have no doubt heard me talk about how much I love Calendar Math. I mean, I have written about it more than any other single subject on my blog. It is something I feel so strongly about that I preach it to anyone who will listen (especially you, my faithful blog readers :))

But, a second math component that I talk about occasionally, but really has just as much impact on my math teaching is my spiral math homework. I literally could not live without it.

Let me tell you why I love these two pieces of my math block puzzle. You see, these both take care of those rote standards that I need my kids to know, yet they just don't seem to grasp from that one lesson I teach that one day of the school year. Things like place value (have you ever tried to get the kids to remember to write expanded form in March????), plotting on number lines, or general multiplication and division. These are skills the kids MUST know, yet don't get nearly enough practice in the traditional way of doing things.

Because nothing is being forgotten, the kids are always practicing those basic skills they need, nothing is ever lost. I can honestly say that because of this homework and Calendar if I don't get to a lesson in math that day...I STILL FEEL OK! I know all of the standards are covered and I simply DO NOT EVER stress about math. Ever.

Doing homework and Calendar in this daily, repetitive way has freed up all that time I used to use for rote skill to work with models, explore concepts, and get really deep into CCSS! I get the kids thinking about math processes, instead of always worrying about the rote memory of it all. It really is amazing what one little 10 problem page can do and one math warm up (that takes all of 10 minutes).

However, doing the work isn't enough. The key to this is that every.single.day, without fail, we go over the homework AND Calendar. I have it worked into my math block (just 10 minutes each) to go over the problems. I don't teach during this time, I just show the students how to do the work, with their help at times, on the ELMO and then they take it home to study for later. This review of the problems is what makes this homework and Calendar better than anything I have done before. If the kids didn't get it at home the night before, they get it when we go over it. Then, when they see a similar problem on a homework that week (or the next or the next) they *do* get it.

Really, this is the MOST meaningful time of my day. It makes math a stressfree zone in my room. The kids like it, they benefit from the repeated practice, and I am a happy teacher because of it.

Do you do any sort of spiral math or daily calendar math? Tell us about it!

I currently do a daily math warm up with 2 problems a day that spiral skills. I think this is what I need to keep my kids practicing at home. I usually assign a workbook page to go with my daily lesson but I feel like they are just going through the motions and not getting a real grasp on why they are doing what they are doing. This may be just what I need!!

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5th grade

I would love to try this out in my classroom. I have the lowest 4th graders, so they really need something that is constantly reviewing the skills with them. I would love to have a copy. :)

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DeleteWhat a fantastic idea! In my district we are required to do a "do now" every day. I had been using a consumable workbook called "Heads Up" but it really isn't working for me. I'd love to try out your math calendar! I teach 5th currently. Either way, this is totally going on my wishlist!

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I've done spiral review before and it's worked well. But I haven't had a chance to update it to match common core. I teach 4th grade.

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DeleteOh my goodness, yes! Math is really stressful this year. Not only did I switch schools, but the district switched programs. We went from a program that spiraled to a more language-based (almost) mastery program, but it has gaps... and so do my students! I love teaching Title 1 students, but some bounce around quite a bit and have missed portions of primary math. Now, they have a shaky foundation and this new program isn't forgiving - especially if students are top notch readers to pull out the key info. Spiraling skills would be a perfect addition to my just-getting-it-together math centers, or homework since I can't rely on the day's lesson's homework going home and being fully understood. A lot of foundational skills need to be addressed alongside the regular program. I would love to incorporate this into the day! Grade 4 -patricia

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Deletepbcarosso@yahoo.com - Patricia :)

DeleteJust wondering - haven't seen anything in inbox or spam, though.

DeleteWe have a spiral section in our math book, but I would love to do more- during morning "Get Ready" time.

ReplyDeleteIs it possible to have a week of all three grades? I teach SPED K-8 (many times with multiple grade levels at the same time) and I would love to see if I could work this in!

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I sent 4th grade for now. Let me know how that one goes for you.

DeleteI teach 5th grade and this is my first year ever teaching math. (We were on a block schedule before.) Our district uses Everyday Math, which I have very mixed feelings about. I like that it spirals, but a lot of time the material within the units feel disconnected. I would love to use a more consistent Calendar math and homework system that incorporated more practice, which EDM greatly lacks. Love your resources!

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DeleteI've purchased several of your products & have enjoyed using them with my fourth graders. I recently bought the 5th grade edition of the spiral math review bundle after contemplating whether to get the 4th or 5th grade edition for my students. I ended up getting the 5th grade level but was surprised to find out that my students aren't able to use it at this time. I'd love to receive a week of the 4th grade level to see if that better meets the specific needs of my 4th grade gifted cluster class. Thanks again for providing such awesome products! - Marsha wattmb@staffordschools.net

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DeleteI am currently using your calendar math in my class and the kids love it. I would love to add the spiral math homework. I teach a 5/6 class and would love the grade 5 pack. cvandeneynden@rockyview.ab.ca

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DeleteI L-O-V-E your calendar and spiral homework!! It has saved my skin for the last couple of years. Currently our 4th graders have the HIGHEST scores in math in our DISTRICT. wOOt! I guarantee our scores are where they are because of the calendar and homework. I allow up to 15 minutes for each one because I have some super low kiddos but I would not teach 4th or 5th grade without these resources :)

ReplyDeleteI just had a new colleague observe me teach math yesterday and she was amazed that a) my kids could DO this math and do it well and b) how engaged and interactive the kids were.

Thank you so much for letting me know Raye! I love hearing about successes in other classrooms with Calendar and Spiral Math. You have definitely filled my bucket tonight!

DeleteI have several of your products and love them all.

ReplyDeleteI really would like to incorporate calendar math in my multi-age classroom. I just don't know where to start. I would truly appreciate either the 4th or 5th grade version to see how to get started. Thank you for sharing!

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Michelle, I used the calendar math when I had a 4th/5th grade class. I taught to the higher level with it and it was amazing to see the growth of the students. Buy her bundle pack...it comes with 3rd-5th grade and you can start with the 4th grade version and "graduate" to the 5th grade version :)

DeleteYour post is perfect timing for me. I just went into a colleague's room this morning needing some "bright idea" on how to vamp my review time during math. All day racking my brain. I've tried Mountain Math, but it didn't become a daily routine. I just can't seem to find a routine that I stick to. I'd love to try out your product for 3rd grade, rogwachi@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteThank you Stepahine!!

I love the idea of spiral math! Currently I do a daily 5-question powerpoint and the kids answer the questions on whiteboards at their seats. Having something that is bound and handwritten that can be worked on with me or a tutor later for kids who need more one-on-one practice would be terrific to try though! Thank you for this!

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breanna.davey@westernschools.org

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Breanna

Would love to try this with my class. Love the idea of spiraling. 5th grade. mindy.davison@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteThanks for sharing this great activity, I would love to try this with my math classes. 2Teachisagift@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteThis looks fantastic! I currently teach 5th graders and am on the look out for some sort of spiral review for them. Thanks! southerngraduate@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteThis looks great! My students in 5th grade need all of the extra practice that they can get and this is a great way that I am looking forward to implementing for my students.

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5th grade

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As a special educator, it is incredibly important that my students have consistent review of the skills that we have previously worked on. I would love to see more of the 4th grade product! jmsteber@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteI apologize if this is posted twice!!! I can't see it anywhere! :) We've been using Drops in the Bucket Math review. It's been pretty good. Using Everyday Math makes it hard to do anything outside of it, even though I still do. :) I need to make time for Calendar again too! I would love to try out the 3rd grade set!! Thank you so much! allthingsapplein2nd@gmail.com

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Nicole :)

All Things Apple

I am in a new grade level this year, fourth, and trying to figure it all out. I think this would be a huge asset to what I am doing. I would love to try your fourth grade set/s. Thanks so much!

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I am in fourth grade and could use all the help I can get. Thank you for your offer to try your program.

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I am an Elementary Math Specialist and love giving my teachers new and EFFICIENT strategies for making the most of their math block! Please share! Thank you!!

ReplyDeleteI am new to 4th grade and would love to try your product. I am always looking for ways to help kids remember all math skills. janet.tolbert@henry.k12.ga.us

ReplyDeleteI would love to try this! I use a few spiral activities, but my students aren't doing as well as I would like. I teach 5th grade.

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I am a strategist who works with struggling students. I work with 4th and 5th graders, but my focus is 5th graders. I get 40 minutes a day to try and reinforce skills and "fill holes". Your calendar program looks awesome!! I'd love to see the spiral activities, too. :) charli.acevedo@usd253.net

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I teach 4th grade. We use Everyday Math which has a spiral. I would love to see how your products could fit with it for some continued work.

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I use Everyday Math too but I like this product because it spirals more consistently.

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ReplyDeleteUgh. I'm 4th grade and I'm hoping to give it another try this weekend - the set-up that is.

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I am using your Calendar Math in my fifth grade classroom and would love to try this resource. My email is scable@lutieschool.com. Thanks in advance!

ReplyDeleteI have everyone up to here. Check your email!

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DeleteJust checked my email. I didn't receive. You mind sending again. I teach 3rd. My email is rogwachi@gmail.com

Thank you!

I would love to try your Spiral/Calendar Math! I teach an inclusion 4th grade class. We use Engage NY.

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I would love to try out the Spiral/Calendar math. Spiral review is so important!

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kborden@sandi.net

Constant repetition in a fun way sounds great for my class. May I have year 5 please?

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I teach a multi-age 3/4 grade class. This year I have been using your calendar math for fourth grade with both groups. It is a stretch for some thirds, but it is all good practice and exposure. I have been creating my own spiral math homework of sorts, but would love to look at yours more closely. Both grades have been on my wish list. Thanks for your wonderful products!

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I teach 5th and am interested because I love spending my time in class on in-depth, multi-step problems that will align with our testing. Also, many of my parent have difficulty helping their child with homework because what we do is so different from math from when they were kids! Thanks for creating this opportunity!

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DeleteI would love to see 4th grade! Myburton@schools.com

ReplyDeleteThis is just the jump I need to make. Can you forward 5th to wkalwarczyk@yahoo.com. Thanks so much.

ReplyDeleteI have sent all except the 3rd grade requests. For some reason, I can't get them to go yet. Don't worry though! They will come through soon :)

ReplyDeleteI've just started to use the numerical form of the date this year as a bit of a warm-up. Years ago, I used to have kids make up math questions to go with their birthdate that their classmates would solve on the student's birthday. This idea probably came from the old Learning magazines of the 90's! Anyway, we need new ideas for warm-ups. The Gr. 6 teachers are complaining that some of our kids can't even distinguish between even and odd numbers so I'm throwing every example of even/odd their way, even in gym! I teach Gr. 5 near Toronto. My e-mail is: skelding@rogers.com. Thanks, Stephanie!

ReplyDeleteI am new to 5th grade. I would love to review and try this out in my classroom. Thank you so much for the opportunity to do so. I really appreciate it. My email address is Lmgend@verizon.net

ReplyDeleteI hope third time is the charm. I haven't seen my post, so I am trying anonymous this time. I would love to see your calendar math for 4th grade. I have several of your products. Love the setting, plot and characters taught in 5 days. My students have enjoyed them as well. teach4thsanders@gmail.com Thanks Cindy

ReplyDeleteI have all 4/5 up to here.

ReplyDeleteI have spiral homework and spiral review, but I don't have anything for calendar math. I haven't taught calendar math since moving to fourth grade, so I'd love to try that! crysknueven@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteI teach Grade 4 GoMath! at a very data driven school. Any extra help would be greatly appreciated. My email is hatshepsut07106@yahoo.com

ReplyDeleteI do use a spiral review in as a center rotation, not on a nightly basis. I do like that thought. It is good to use the spiral method because it gives you time to address any 'holes' throughout the year and not have a complete reteach in the spring. I would like to try your 4th grade spiral math.

ReplyDeleteHello! I teach fourth grade math. I use Mountain Math and use a Number of the Day review. Your spiral review and calendar math would be great! My email is bmay@jayschools.k12.in.us

ReplyDeleteThank you for sharing!

I co-teach in a multi-age classroom. A daily spiral practice is exactly what we are missing. I would love to try this product.

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I have everyone up until here!

ReplyDeleteI am a curriculum coach and would love to recommend your spiral practice to my 3rd-4th-5th grade math teachers. If you would be so kind to share a week of each grade level, we'll make a purchase. Thanks in advance, gormleyv@mcsed.net

ReplyDeleteI would love to try this with my 5th graders! I also use Calendar Math daily and that daily repetition of skills does make a difference.

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ReplyDeleteI use math and language daily morning work. I want something more in depth for my 3rd grade students. My email is dpickett24@hotmail.com

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ReplyDeleteI would love to try the spiral and calendar math! I do daily spiral review, but I didn't know upper grades can do the calendar math. Thanks for sharing!

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I would love to try the 4th grade spiral review because I havn't worked any common core review in yet!

ReplyDeleteI teach 2 sections of 5th grade math. I would love to try out this spiraling!

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I would like a sample of this for my 5th graders.

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Thank you!

I've been looking for something simple that includes important skills. I would love to try out the 3rd grade. Thank you! sbashaw@npusc.k12.in.us

ReplyDeleteI've been looking for something simple that includes important skills. I would love to try out the 3rd grade. You rock! ollisschool@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteI would love to see what you are using for 5th grade. Thank you! stephanie.murr@moffatsd.org

ReplyDeleteHi Stephanie! I snagged your Calendar Math back in August, and I've modified it to suit my Gr. 6s. We LOVE using it, and my students are really enjoying the routine. We do it first thing in the morning, so they start their day feeling successful. I've not yet branched out to look at spiralling my math program--I team teach just now and it's been tough to get a buy-in for this. Wondering if you might have a sample of the Gr, 5 spiral math homework you would be willing to share. Thanks in advance--I'm really enjoying your posts and fabulous ideas! traceyshop1@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteI have everyone up until here :)

ReplyDeleteOur new CC math program has no homework. I definitely feel that homework most days is necessary for my students to get more practice. I usually just write up a worksheet reviewing the day's lesson. I love the idea of spiraling homework questions so students get additional practice on those standards and skills not yet mastered. I'd love to get a copy of some of these for grade 3.

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Sumerlei@aol.com

4th grade teacher here! Our curriculum doesn't spiral so we just hope and pray the kiddos 'get it' on round one. I do try to come back to some concepts, but I know I miss some! Oops! I would LOVE to see the calendar math as well as the homework! You're a peach! billingtonk@svsd410.org

ReplyDeleteThis is a great idea that I would love LOVE to try in my own classroom. I would appreciate a preview of the 5th grade spiral math. Thank you! ladawn.bisson@durantisd.org

ReplyDeleteI have been contemplating how to spiral our homework. I would love a preview of a 5th grade week. Thank you! rebeccalynn23@hotmail.com

ReplyDeleteHope it's not too late...I love how this re-emphasizes strong points. My 5th grade students will enjoy this very much.

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I would love a copy of the available fifth grade materials. The comments on here are so encouraging and inspiring! jlapinski@hotmail.com Thanks!!!

ReplyDeleteI just starting reading your blog and I LOVE IT!!! I would love to see a preview of 4th grade. Thanks! christyusc@hotmail.com

ReplyDeleteHi Stephanie! I've been using your writing programs this year and LOVE them! They have made such a difference in my approach to teaching writing with amazing results by my students. I would like to try out you spiral and calendar math too. When you have time can you send me the preview for 5th grade? Thanks!!! ctusak@gmail.com

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ReplyDeleteHi Stephanie! I teach 6th grade math and some of my students are lacking those critical skills from 5th grade. I think your spiral math and calendar math are awesome resources to build-up those lacking skills. I would love a copy of your 5th grade math materials.

ReplyDeleteThanks!!! aw_thomas@yahoo.com

I currently use your 5th Grade Spiral Math and love it. I was thinking of beginning the calendar math after Christmas break or should I wait till fall?

ReplyDeleteYou can definitely do it immediately when you get back! It really is a great tool to use at any time of year.

DeleteFirst year teacher here! I would LOVE to start sprial math. It would be awesome to start the year back with incorperating this. sschm013@gmail.com :)

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DeleteI'm a first year teacher and am struggling to cover all the 5th grade standards in depth. I would love to give this a try! Jessccastle@gmail.com. Thanks!

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ReplyDeleteI teach math to all of the 4th graders in my building. I would love to try spiral math with my classes.

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Michelle

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I love your blog post!!! I teach at a 1:1 school and I feel spiral is so vital! It is one part of my math instruction that I feel is missing!!

ReplyDeleteI teach third grade! sarah7cole@gmail.com

Hi Stephanie

ReplyDeleteI am glad I stumbled upon your blog!! I have enjoyed the posts you have shared. I wish our sons current teacher did Spiral Math with her class.I am currently a stay at home mom working on my BA towards Education and part-time homeschooling. After looking at your Spiral Math samples I know this is something I plan on using once I am finished with my degree and have a class of my own.

Our oldest is in 4th grade but we have him doing 5th grade math and since we are challenging him to the 5th grade math on our own we don't have his teacher to turn to for assistance. If you could share your 5th grade Spiral Math with me I would be so grateful.

Thank you in advance,

Stephanie O.

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ReplyDeleteI am currently using your 5th Grade Calendar Math set with a few tweaks of my own... It has been awesome in that it continues to review those tough concepts. However, how do you get your lower students to "buy in" to completing the work? This is where I struggle. I also feel that I do not have time to thoroughly go through the problems like we should every day. How long is your Math Block? I would love to hear more about your classroom. I would also like to view the Spiral Math. I think this is something that could really benefit us! Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Amber Spotanski

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YES!! I would love to try a week of this out! I tried to do calendar math at the beginning of the year and have gotten away from it due to time constraints and demands of my students. I agree with some of the comments above when you say sending home a practice sheet or page in their workbook does seem to just seem to set them in motion but do they really comprehend and do they remember what we learned earlier in the year? I want to get back to calendar math so much!

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DeleteI would love a copy of your 5th grade calendar math and spiral math. I have tried to incorporate this into my lessons for several years, this year I am determined it will be done. Thank you for sharing. aewert@usd409.net

ReplyDeleteI would love a copy of our 5th grade calendar and spiral math. bradley.alanna@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteI would love a copy of our 5th grade calendar and spiral math. bradley.alanna@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteI'm happy that I found your blog. I want to incorporate spiral math HW and a number of the day concept in my class, and you have both at my finger tips. Thanks!

ReplyDeleteI'm happy that I found your blog. I want to incorporate spiral math HW and a number of the day concept in my class, and you have both at my finger tips. Thanks!

ReplyDeleteHey, thank you for sharing. I teach 4th and 5th grade math. I currently use engageNY, but have received a lot of pushback from parents on the HW. I was thrilled to find this post, spiral HW makes so much sense. I would love to try the spiral HW and calendar math to see if it is something I can incorporate.

ReplyDeleteAlso, do you grade the HW? And what program do you use to type the HW? I find word frustrating when trying to use diagrams and fractions an such.

Thank you for sharing!

Cassie Parks

cassielparks@gmail.com

This sounds like a great way to start a new year! It would definitely help to see where the students are as they enter into 5th grade. I would love a sample!

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I am a new 5th grade teacher and would love to try this! Jnichols35@sc.rr.com

ReplyDeleteI am also a new 5th grade math teacher and would like to try this!

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I am a 4th grade teacher. We also use Engage New York and I CANNOT send that home for homework. It causes too much heartache for both students and parents. I love this idea and would love a sample! Thank you. Sara Godinez segodinez@sbcglobal.net

ReplyDeleteI teach 5th grade! I'm looking into starting calendar math & spiral homework!

ReplyDeleteI am very interested in your spiral homework. I teach 7th grade and am looking for something different so I guess 5th grade would give me something to look at.

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Wblack@southmont.k12.in.us

I would love to see a week sample for 4th grade.

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Megan

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I teach 4-8 Sped. I want to start calendar math & spiral homework for my students. I would love to try the 5th grade copy.

ReplyDeleteHi! This sounds so great. I'd like to try the fourth grade. And I loooove your hot pink page=)

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DeleteHi! This sounds so great. I'd like to try the fourth grade. And I loooove your hot pink page=)

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ReplyDeleteI am a newbie to fifth grade this year! I live and teach in Southern Indiana where times are tough for us, teachers. We adopted the Indiana College and Career Readiness standards. Our school system was amidst textbook adoption when the Common Core was "thrown out" so the provided curriculum does not directly align with our standards. Resources like yours are so greatly helpful and appreciated. Thank you for sharing! I am definitely heading over to your TPT store to grab some of your math bundles soon.

My email is ryndersa@nlcs.k12.in.us

Thanks again!

Math is my favorite subject but sometime i can't find answer of new exercise now your writing discussion give me good idea thanks for share it letter of intent for masters program .

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Hi! I love your blog and ideas. I have been teaching 5th Grade ELA for 2 years and this year I am in a DUAL Immersion teaching English ELA and MATH (reinforcing science and SS) I have not taught math for 2 years. We use Every Day Math in our district. I have 1 hr of math with the kids most days some days a little more. I am looking at your Spiral and Calendar Math. What curriculum do you use in addition to these resources. How long do you spend on these 2 resources a day (going over calendar math and the HW?) . How long are your math lessons. Thanks so much for your thoughts! nina@ninasilitch.com

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