Friday, January 18, 2013

Five for Friday Flashback


Hip Hip Hooray!  It's Friday again! 

Who's been hanging out at Happy Hour for three hours?  Me! (I wish)  
Side note: I was daydreaming about happy hour enjoying a nice tall class of lemonade as I finished up preparing for next week  in my classroom this evening.  

Here are my 5 random posts from this week:


After reading Teeny's Post about her Fun Friday incentive, I decided to incorporate it into my weekly routine.  Today was our first day to experience the tears and broken hearts from the students who never finish anything ever joys and rewards from the students who are responsible enough to finish our weekly work. I decided to make my chart a CLIP chart despite all the negative attention.  It seemed to work well today- only one million clips broke in the process.

Here, two responsible students chose "Free draw" and one was teaching the other how to draw a Ninja Turtle. Don't you love it when they teach each other?

Hubba WhAAA?  How'd you do that?
So talented!


In social studies this week we were learning all about how to navigate a map.  
I took my students on a scavenger around the school in order to find the prize worth more than a million bucks to any first grader alive today: a juice box and crackers.  

They were out.of.their.minds. excited.


My students drew maps of their own bedroom after reading "Me on the Map"
We learned all about the Key part of the map as well.


I created a Word Work Tic Tac Toe for my students and taught them how to use it this week.  
We decided which choice we would go to for that day and circled it.  When we completed the task, we crossed it out.  Their spelling words are at the bottom of the page for the love of "my neck hurts from bending it upside down in order to see the words on the wall" easy access.

I am currently using Rachelle's Spell With Me from What the Teacher Wants
My students LOVE all of the different choices for word work and I LOVE that they have consistent paper to practice spelling.  

Here is where I keep all of the supplies needed with the Word Work.
My students about died when I let them use PENS!  
I also have a bunch of old cell phones (you know, the ones that had BUTTONS with the alphabet on it? Don't worry, my student's don't remember either.)  We use them to type the spelling words into.  
Call Me, Maybe?

We go bAnAnAs for Write Stamp Decorate!


We added more "seeds" to our Writer's Notebooks today.  I sent a note home at the beginning of the week attached to a zip lock baggie asking parents to help their student find ideas for writing.  

Examples included: baby pictures, family pictures, favorite stickers, coloring pages, wrapping paper, mom's cleaning receipt, and much much more!  

Needless to say, my students will not be "stuck" during writing time in the near future.

Does anyone else think I am cheating with linking up with MORE than 1 linky? 
Am I breaking some kind of blog-universe rule?  
Are you going to kick me out? 

What have you done this week?  

Link up here and here!


  1. Nope, after seeing this I am totally doing the same. :) We can be in trouble together.
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

    1. I am headed over to read your posts!

  2. I have been thinking about incorporating the fun friday into my classroom as well. I probably won't do it until next year though. Looks like things went well with it!

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

    1. What are you waiting for? Now that I've had it for one week I cannot imagine ever not having it. The kids love it and I finally have a way to motivate them to get busy and stop talking. "You can choose to talk and not finish this work, but if you don't finish the only other time to finish would be during Fun Friday....." It works wonders I tell you! Ha!

  3. I loved hearing/reading about what you have for your kids for Word Work. Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  4. Hi! I just found your blog through Teaching Maddeness - it's great! I LOVE the name! I am your newest follower ;)

    Najat Murillo

    1. Thanks! I just took a peek at your blog and am hooked! Thanks for finding me so I could find you!

  5. So glad you linked up this week! You can never join too many linky parties! :) I bet your kiddos had a TON of fun on that scavenger hunt - love it!!

    Teaching Maddeness

  6. I don't know what it is about maps...but I have always loved them!! It was exciting to see them drawing their own maps! I'm your newest follower.


  7. Maps eh? Is it time for a Writer's Notebook Heart Map? Or maybe a list of special places and a map of that place like Roxaboxen? Remember the book My Map Book for all kinds of map ideas for writing! :)
    Love from Leach!

    1. Leach,

      My kiddos already have their heart map, special places list, and special places map in their Writer's Notebook. Maybe next year I can plan better and make that match up!

      What's this My Map Book? Who's it by? I don't remember :/

      -The Frizz

  8. My kids love when I let them use stamps, such a great activity.

    The First Grade Princess