Friday, July 22, 2016

Five for Friday: July 22nd

One more week. Only one more week. One more week and I go back to school.

Don't get me wrong, I'm excited. But I love to sleep in until 5:50! In one week, I'll have to wake up at 5:35!

How is this possible? How is it that I am only able to sleep in 15 extra minutes? The longer I'm awake, the more I eat.

This is the truth. It's the truth, but it's OK. We love what we do, and we love eating Top Ramen the last two weeks of the month.

characters, setting, problem, solution, beginning, middle, end
 Another upside to Instagram are the great ideas teachers post.

I am so in love with the Close Reading Toolboxes created by Rebecca at Create Teach Share. If you haven't seen them, you MUST! You will love this idea! You can find the freebie in her store.

I loved the idea so much, that I was inspired to make one of my own, which you can get here, and it's FREE! Ideas like these are perfect for guided reading. Just pull out the boxes and BAM! Ready to go!
guided reading, small group instruction
Here's the box! It was made using those photo boxes that teachers are going crazy for. I first discovered the box of six at Target, but they no longer sell them (at least I haven't seen them). So, I found them on Amazon, but you can also get the huge box of 16 at Michaels, and they always seem to be 40% off.
story structure vocabulary, bookmark
The purpose of this box is to practice story structure. If you teach K-2, you know that's HUGE! I've been using this idea for awhile, but it wasn't so organized before. Now, thanks to these amazing boxes (that teachers are going crazy for), I have one spot to keep the materials.
Inside the box are 5 crayons (red, orange, yellow, green, and blue), a vocabulary bookmark, a reading wand, and a bracelet.

The crayons are used for underlining parts of the text. If you are using a book, I'd suggest colored tabs. Students use red to underline the characters and setting. Orange is for problem and solution. Yellow is for the beginning and so on. . .

The bookmark is for students to use if they forget the story structure vocabulary.

The wand is to make pointing fun.

And the bracelet is for orally retelling the story.

So, after you have read and underlined, each student in the group is responsible for retelling a part of the story. Once again it is color coded, so if a child has a red bracelet, he or she tells about the characters and the setting. If a child is wearing the blue bracelet, he or she tells about the end of the story.
Now, you may have seen these beauties at Target (a store teachers go crazy for) in the party favor aisle. That is where I found them, but I also found them online and at the Dollar Store. You could also use popsicle sticks, a witch finger, or a regular child's finger :) I just wanted to make mine extra fun! The bracelets are also from Target. You can find those in the party favor aisle or online.
Raise your hand if you cringe when you see somebody throwing away paper that could be recycled. I do! I have to look away.
So this year, I'm using my adorable green, obviously-meant-for-recylcing tub (found at Michaels) as my classroom recycling bin, tub, bucket. Not sure how I'll refer to it. But now I can sleep at night knowing that my class and I are taking care of our planet. Get the Recycle label here!
writing, elementary writing instruction, writing curriculum, narrative writing lessons
I've said it a million times. I love to teach writing.

My writing teacher style it to give kids the tools they need to write. I don't give many writing prompts. I'm like, "Just write!" Now, that might not work if I didn't give kids the tools they need, but I do, and they love it!

My new Room to Write writing curriculum gives kids those tools and allows them to just write. It comes with lesson plans, PowerPoints, and printables to reinforce the skills taught. I am so very proud of it, and I can't wait to use it this year!

I've begun a series of posts about writing that you must read if you want some ideas that you can use in your classroom. You can start here. Each post will include a printables that you can use with the topic being addressed. 
Once again, Instagram sucked me in. I follow Melanie @freshpickedgrace. She has the cutest inspirational products in her Etsy store. I bought the rainbow because it makes me happy. And the pineapple because of that one precious word teachers must whisper to themselves at least once a day. Patience.

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  1. Wow! This is my first time here. I loved your post. I definitely want to get your reading idea and reading more about your writing book. I am a new follower as well. Thanks for sharing.

    The Very Busy Kindergarten

  2. I love your recycling bin! I've been using an old Scholastic box...Time to kick it up a notch!!

  3. I'm with you on not giving many writing prompts. We use Writing Workshop and our goal is just to get kids writing - not so stressed out about prompts!
    Team J's Second Grade Fun

  4. I LOVE teaching writing too! I tell people all the time that I wish I could just teach art and writing all day - Hand in hand! I am kindergarten, and a lot of folks don't believe kinders can write or write well. I'm here to disprove that! Writing is probably their favorite part of our day. I will definitely be checking out your writing ideas!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Oh So Elementary

  5. I can't believe you go back in a week when I've still got just over a month! Good luck with all those last minute preparations and the beginning of your school year!

    Confessions of a Modern Day Substitute Teacher

  6. One week?!?! That is WAY too soon! Enjoy your last week of summer. I love your pineapple!
    Miss KIng's Enchanted Kingdom

  7. I loved your rebelling boxes. I use those containers for center activities all the time. They're the perfect size. You can get them at Joann also. Would you be willing to share your recycling label? It's much cuter than the one I have!

    1. Thank you! I have added a link the Recycle label. Just click on the picture of it.


  8. Love the recycling bin idea! I just love when kids cut one tiny rectangle out of a piece of construction paper and then try to throw the rest in the trash.../sarcasm font. I'm definitely adding one to my room!


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