Friday, October 4, 2013

Five for Friday Linky

Hi there!  I know, I know….  Our poor blog has been so neglected lately.  I feel so bad.  Things have been CRAZY busy and unfortunately blogging has taken a back seat.  Boo!!!  I hope to get back into the swing of things with this Five for Friday linky from Doodlebugs Teaching.  Here’s five random things that went on this week.
We celebrated the 50th day of school this week.  We had a ball, y’all.  The students were asked to dress up in their 50’s attire and I must say they went ALL OUT!  My boys look so cool in their cuffed jeans, white t-shirts, and slicked back hair.  The girls were oh so pretty in their poodle skirts and scarves.  We compared and contrasted the “Fabulous Fifties” and “Today.”  We had bubble-gum blowing and hula-hoop contests and a sock hop! :)  We topped it all off with a root beer float writing and craftivity by Cara Carroll.  So many wonderful memories were made for our seconds!  It’s something that they will always remember.  If you will be gearing up for the 50th day soon, check out these Fantastic FREEBIES from LaToya Reed and Erica DeMaria
Although this week was crazy busy, we still had time to get our hands covered in Play-Dough. I introduced it to my students this week as a Word Work activity.  They absolutely love making words with it.  It’s funny how some of them have developed their own technique for making each letter.
We also celebrated Read for the Record Day.  We had students from a near-by university come and talk to our students about farming and agriculture.  The college student read a really cute book called Otis by Loren Long and then led the students in a discussion about agriculture.  My students were great listeners and asked excellent questions.  This was a great opportunity for me to get a Speaking and Listening grade if you know what I mean.  :)  Of course, I couldn’t pass up a chance to dress up again as a farm girl.  Otis
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In reading, we just finished our unit on non-fiction text features.  Primary Punch offers some fantastic posters for free here.  They were a great resource to the students.  We created these fun flip-books from Amy’s SMART Designs this week too.  My students took so much pride in these.  I think they now know non-fiction text features in their sleep. :)
Reading and word study notebooks have really been a treat this week. Last year I struggled with how to make students accountable during Read to Self and Word Work.  These guys have definitely helped accountability and my grade book.  I’ve got many resources for these awesome notebooks  from TpT and I’ve recently started creating some of my own.
Well, that’s my crazy week in a nutshell, head on over to Doodlebugs to see what other teachers are up to.

Take care.


  1. Shannon, you look ADORABLE dressing up! Oh I love those rootbeer floats. SO cute! The freebies are great, too. Thank you for sharing! Happy Weekend!
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  2. Aww, Carolyn, thank you! It's so much fun and the kids absolutely love it! Have a great week! :)