Yesterday I was in a tough 5th grade class that I've been in before. It's tough for a few reasons, but the sheer amount of kids in a portable is a big problem. There was 33 of them but I think they're 'down' to 30. And four were absent and so it was actually a decent size class.
I had a moment of panic when I saw I had to teach a math lesson that I couldn't remember how to do, so during specials I was refreshing like crazy. It was a lesson on fractions, percents, and decimals. People, just let it be known that I do not enjoy fractions. At all. Or percents (though I can figure out a good sale!). I figured out just enough so that I could teach the lesson properly and what do you know, they were getting it! Yay! Sorry 5th grade peeps, but 5th grade is not the place for me. Stick me in 1st any day!
Then I had to teach adjectives, which I adore the parts of speech, so that was no problem. Then I had to teach about the legislative branch *yawn*. I'm sorry, but that part of learning is boring for me and if I'm bored, most likely the kiddos are too. But the teacher is signed up on this awesome site called Learn 360. Have you heard of it?
I believe the school paid for a subscription but you can get a 30 day free trial. Learn 360 is chock full of videos and of all assorted topics. You can search by Common Core Standards. They also give you the grade level they're appropriate for, which rocks! The teacher told me what she wanted me to show so I typed in legislative branch in the search and looked for the 20 minute video. They tried to make it fun and the kids loved that they put funny clips in the video. It made it more bearable to watch and learn about the legislative branch. It was called "The Almost Painless Guide to the Legislative Branch."
I was in another class in that school and used that website to show a movie about some other history stuff. Great website! The website shows you places you can try to get funding for Learn360 at your school.
I'm not endorsing it, just sharing a great resource that I think could benefit classrooms!