Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Flash Kids Resources

Today I want to share some resources I have found that I will be using in my 5th grade classroom!  These products are made by Flash Kids, which are available at Barnes & Noble.  

If you're teaching Common Core, there's no doubt you've heard the importance of problem solving.  This workbook has Math problem solving questions. Being that it is for 5th grade, the problems are challenging and quite complex, which is great for deep thinking! I can see that my students are really going to have to persevere to solve some of these problems. I also think I'll use these problems when we practice for our Math Bowl!
This Language Arts book has practice sheets on grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, writing, and research.  Now, I KNOW that grammar is best taught through writing and using mentor texts, I do. And I use this method very often! But, I am not opposed to students also practicing these skills on handouts. I'm a believer that if I am going to test it, I am going to make sure my students are able to practice it in multiple formats.  My school has NO grammar resources so I am always on the lookout for resources related to grammar.  I *really* like the way this book it set up and plan to incorporate it into my Writer's Workshop block.  
If you are an upper elementary teacher, you know the crunch time feeling you get when you know statewide testing is coming and you want to make sure your students are prepared!  The tests are so standardized and you've got to make sure your students are prepared and have the stamina to read a selection and answer questions about it, while referring to the text!  This test prep book will come in handy when it's time to practice for the tests.
The last one is the Writing Skills book.  It is set up to provide examples/prompts for narrative writing, how-to writing, story, comparative writing, descriptive writing, and writing a short report. I will be honest and say that there are some elements in this book that I don't think I'll use as much.  But, there are parts that I WILL use like a revision chart that students can use as they revise their first draft.  I also really like some of the examples they provide and how they set up the brainstorming process in an organized manner. One that I really liked was a narrative piece about someone's best friend and I like how they organize it for students to begin brainstorming.
You can visit Flash Kids website HERE. On THIS page, you'll find free downloads organized by grade levels.


Disclosure: I was provided with free products from Flash Kids for review purposes.  All opinions are my own and are never influenced by outside means.

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