5 on the Fifth

It's the fifth, which can only mean one thing on this blog.  It's time for . . .

If you're new around here, these posts show off the heart of teaching blogs-the sharing of really great ideas.  Five on the Fifth even has its very own Pinterest board.  You can follow it here.

Time to hop over to Ginger Snaps for this cutie pie camera All About Me board idea.  Love it!

Love that these littles are writing from another perspective.  Higher level thinking from the beginning! Check out this awesome writing activity using The Day the Crayons Quit from Not Just Child's Play.

Magic Mistakes and Mayhem gathered up some nerve and did something I think rocks.  She gave her kids 20 minutes of freedom, 3 times a week TO LEARN WHATEVER THEY WANT TO LEARN.  There's no fooling around here.  You better be learning (said in my sternest Southern mama voice).  But it's whatever you.  How awesome is that.  She kicked the status quo's butt.

My techie nerd heart started beating faster when I saw this on What the Teacher Wants.  You should tour her lab and buy this tech themed alphabet from Elementary Techie Teacher on TPT.  Even better? Elementary Techie Teacher is from Baton Rouge.  Just like me.  I feel like we may be soul sisters.

Trying to move your kiddos past "nice" and "cool" with character traits?  Read this post from Head Over Heels for Teaching.  She has a whole fantabulous set for her class to interact with as they read.  I can think of so many great ways to use this!


  1. I didn't know you were from BR. I guess I never read your "About Me" when I first subscribed to you blog! I just spent the past year teaching there... it's a world of difference from life in Chicago! :)

  2. Thank you so much for the shout-out! I really appreciate it. :)


  3. I'm a newbie to 5 on the Fifth - I'll be checking out the Pinterest board!
    Crafting Connections

  4. Thanks for the shout out Megan! I'm very excited about my interactive character analysis posters and have them hanging in the front of my room where I conduct my mini-lessons, but a couple of people told me they put theirs in a three ring binder to hold their thinking, which I like too!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. I adore this series--thanks for curating these great ideas!
    The Wild Rumpus

  6. I just read The Day the Crayons Quit at Books A Million last night. LOVED it!!

    EduKate and Inspire

  7. What an awesome five! I LOVE the character traits idea and I'm pretty inspired by 20 minutes of freedom. This could be a great alternative to Fun Friday! Thanks for sharing these great finds!

    Mrs. O at Mrs O Knows

  8. Great 5 on the fifth! On Thursday, I read the book "The Day the Crayons Quit" to my 3rd graders. They loved the book and they were all giggles when it came to the peach crayon. We then discussed a few of the IB Learner Profile attributes, such as: IB Caring & IB Open-Mindedness. When all the school hoopla dies down, I'm hoping to further blog all about IB (International Baccalaureate).

  9. Great ideas!

    Your fonts and graphics make my heart flutter fyi haha

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings