Friday, February 1, 2013

Five for Friday Flashback: 2.1.13


Happy Friday, Ya'll!

I'm finally getting into the routine of capturing my week:

I caved and bought a laminator this week.    The school I was at last year had one the teachers could use for free (what a luxury!)  This year I was missing it!  I always read your blogs and see you talking about your personal laminators.  To be honest, I thought they were super expensive.  It turns out this one was only 28 buckaroos at good old Target!

I've been B.U.S.Y!


On Thursday  I got to be Queen for the day!

Click the picture above to read more about the best day ever!


I went to Target for a second trip to get more laminate sheets and three bags of M&Ms for number *Two*. (What? I had to buy three bags.  They were on sale.) 
I ended up finding Pin the Heart on the Giraffe! Have I ever mentioned that I love giraffes?  

Since today was the first day in February, I started using the game as a behavior incentive!  

When I was in the checkout line, the mother behind me asked, "You must be a teacher."


We have been learning all about letter writing.  This week I let my students pick a student from the "Pick Me Popsicle Sticks" to write to.  We put them in the mailbox and are desperately waiting for everyone to finish before we read them!


We began our Reading Imagine It Unit 7 this week.  We have get to use these "basil-like" books to read our weekly story.  It's a big deal in first grade because the weekly test format switches from first grade material to second grade material this unit.  After two years of teaching it, I still get nervous for the first test.  

How do you incorporate your district curriculum with the Daily 5 program?  
This has always been a struggle for me!

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  1. Do whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? Did you say that laminator was $28????? Um, we have a laminator at school but it is far from my room and it's always OFF when I need it!! For $28 I may have to check it out!! How much are the sheets??

    Collaboration Cuties

  2. Found your blog through Doodle Bug's linky and am a new follower. Love the letter writing idea. We did this last week but the idea of the kids picking a stick is fantastic. Leaves it a bit more independent and that is always nice. Do you like your laminator? I have the same one and can't imagine not having one at home. Love that the sheets are thicker too.


  3. I LOVE your mailbox - so cute :) The laminator is totally worth the investment and that is a great deal. Yay for you!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  4. The Hubs got me a personal laminator for Christmas. I was SOOOOOO excited. We can use ours for free at school but I wanted to have one for those times when I print something out and don't have time to do it at school, or the all too common times when we run out of lamination. GR! I have yet to use it yet though. I don't do Daily 5 but I do Literacy Work Stations. I am very lucky in that my administrators are very flexible with what we want to do as long as it works. We have basically a 2 hour block for ELA activities. I do 20 minutes of comprehension with our districts curriculum ( Open Court), 30 minutes of writing, 30 minutes of spelling ( we use Saxon in our district) and then 40 minutes of Stations. That is also my small group time. This is not the way I divided up my time before doing LWS 3 years ago. It took some juggling and developing a routine. I don't know how much time you have for everything but maybe you can carve some time out somewhere? I don't know if that helps you at all looking back on what I typed. LOL.
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

    PS: Did you get a new blog background? I don't remember this one...

  5. I found your blog through Kacey's linky. I am your newest follower. Our school has a laminator, but it has been "out of order" all year. I finally got my own laminator as well and now life is good! It is a game changer!! Enjoy yours as well.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  6. Pick me popsicle sticks! How clever! I am calling mine that!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. That laminator should be a requirement for all teachers. Seriously! I now have THREE of them! If you have a Costco or Sam's Club near you, get your laminate sheets there. You can 200 for $20 at Sam's!

    Teaching Maddeness

  8. I bought one this week too! Same kind! :) I should have put that in my Five for Five too! :/ I can't wait to use it! :) I bought mine at Walmart. One of my old parents checked me out and we started talking about her son who is now in middle school. I got so wrapped up in that that I left the laminating sheets there! LOL! She called me at home and told me she was bringing them to school for me! :) So sweet! :) Anyway...I loved how someone picked out that you were a teacher by your purchases! :) It's the best thing ever when it happens isn't it? :) Well, I've rambled enough, but, I'm your newest follower and so excited about seeing what other adventures you get into with your class!

    Mrs. Russell's Room-First Grade

  9. I love your letter writing idea! I saw some mailboxes in the Dollar Spot at Target and I think I might have to go back there today to pick one up. Any excuse to go to Target, right?

    My laminator at school is free....I can imagine working at a school without one! I guess I'm spoiled. :) I would have to buy my own!

  10. We have a school laminator, but I don't always get my stuff down there in time. Our computer lab teacher laminates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so it's nice to have my own for when I'm running late with printing.

    Adventures in First with Mrs. Key