Friday, September 19, 2014

Five for Friday 9/19


Happy Friday all my bloggy friends!

Five Good Things that happened this week:

1 - Well, this is a little old - but I'm sharing anyway, because as I took them down yesterday, I just thought they were so cute - 

So, the background. At the beginning of the year, I read this delightful book,
 Image result for how i spent my summer vacation
And then we talked about how we all get T-shirts when we go visit someplace. I gave each child this T-shirt cut-out, and they drew a picture and added a sentence about something they did this summer. I thought they turned out pretty nice - and it was a fun back to school project.

2 - No pictures - boo hiss - I even wrote myself a note! We read about dragonflies, then wrote about them and drew pictures. Some kids even wrote "Dragonflies" really fancy. I hung them up to replace the T-Shirts. Oh, I hope I can remember to snap some pics next week! 

3 - I had one little friend that "forgot" the rule about not hitting other people at recess, and he spent the day in in-school suspension and the next day at home. When he came back, he body-slammed other students - the first time on accident, but then.... So another day in in-school suspension. Thursday, this little friend told me, "You guys sure did a lot while I was gone." Umm, yea, I think we did. 

4 - We are doing measuring in math right now - and the kids are loving it. Today we got to measure with yard sticks, so they were up and out of their seats - measuring book shelves, desks, books, chairs, etc. {A horrible aside - our district is using Engage NY and our supplies for this include rulers in inches on both sides, and  yard sticks. However, Engage NY is asking us to use centimeter rulers and meter sticks. How does that work???}

5 - I have four little friends that are low, low, low - So for our sight words, I made some cute, silly little stories using some clip art I had bought. {Now I know why the textbook companies get so much money - it's really hard to figure out sentences that low readers can read!}

I just clicked these pics off my computer; I need to print them and put them in these old, little photo albums I have. I'm sort of excited to see if my low kids will like these. 

Have a great weekend everybody!


  1. Your t-shirts turned out great. The kids did a very nice job!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. So many connections! :) your t-shirts turned out really cute. I also read the How I Spent a Summer Vacation book at the beginning of the year. I sure hope your body slammer turns himself around so he can have a better year! I tried using Engage NY last year as a tier 1 math resource while tier 2 students were being pulled but that didn't go over well. I still think it's a great resource, though, that promotes math talk and deeper thinking.
    Sarah from Mrs. Jones Teaches :o)

    1. I'm struggling with Engage NY - we are being asked to use it with fidelity. So I'll just keep plugging away with it.
      I was happy with the t-shirts, too.

  3. I'm sure your kids will love the little books! Building confidence is so important for struggling readers.

    Teaching Little Miracles

    1. I hope they do - it was sort of fun to make the, You are right about the confidence - I am sure that for at least one, and maybe two of my little friends, confidence is their problem.

  4. What a neat idea to make your own little books for the words they do not know! Hope you have a fantastic Sunday!!

    1. I printed the pages Sunday and put them in the book - I like how they turned out! Sara