Friday, March 20, 2015

Five for Friday with a Freebie- March 20 Edition

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday and Teaching Blog Addict for Freebie Friday, since I have a freebie to share this week. :)
We've been working on Cause & Effect this week, so if you're interested in this freebie, click the image above to head on over to my TpT store to grab your copy!  Of course, ratings are always appreciated. :)
My students finished up their Instagram projects.  They had a good time responding to their texts as characters from their stories.  This Instagram activity is a freebie in Erin Klein's TpT store.  If you have the time, rate her as well.  I'm sure she'd appreciate it! :)
I stopped by Target, one of my favorite stores, and picked up these adorable Spring-themed erasers.  We've been using them for dictated writing associated with the LLI Kit.  The erasers represent each word in an orally dictated sentence.  It helps the students keep track of the number of words they need to write.  The students are loving them. :) 

A little Readers' Theater on a Friday afternoon is always time well spent.  The students love performing and I love additional opportunities for them to practice their fluency.  We're hitting two proverbial birds with one stone! :)
I walked by the bulletin board last week on a day it was 74 degrees.  I cringed realizing I should probably update the board containing little snowflakes all over it along with titles of winter-themed books to read.   I tried to *work a little magic* on the board.  As you can see, I decided to create a "Spring into a Good Book!" board.  Above is how it turned out.  The passers-by seem to enjoy it. :)

Well, there's a peek into my week.  Thank you to Sallie Borrink for the polka dot backgrounds.  Happy Spring everyone! 


  1. I love the idea of using the mini erasers to track the number of words in a sentence! I'm going to try that with some of my low babies for sure! And I love those spring target erasers everyone is getting! Target just got pulled out of Canada so we aren't getting anything new ;( So jealous of all the cute stuff you guys will keep getting!

    A Pinch of Kinder

    1. I assure you the kids love any sort of manipulative. :) Don't fret about the Target erasers. I'm sure there are some other good trinkets at a dollar store somewhere in Canada! ;) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment. Happy Spring!!

  2. I love your readers theatre pictures! I really need to incorporate this more into my class. I have such dramatic little ones that I'm sure would love the chance to act as different characters! I hope the rest of your conferences went well this week! Enjoy your weekend!

    Teach Talk Inspire

    1. Thanks, Jayme! Readers' Theater is enjoyed by my little ones. By the way, I love following you on Instagram! You're an inspiration to me for sure. Thanks for stopping by to comment. :) Happy Spring!!

  3. What a great week! I also read Tortoise and the Hare pretty recently! :-) Have you gotten any traffic on your sound boxes freebie? Hopefully more of our staff will be using them since we shared your link on Tuesday!
    Also: Super cute bulletin board! Happy weekend!

    1. Yes, there's more traffic on the sound boxes freebie, but not much in the feedback or rating department. Oh well, I hope everyone is putting it to use! :) Hope you had a fabulous weekend and was able to make it to work safely after all of the snow!

  4. Colleen,

    I don't think I realized you taught in Illinois (like me too)! Very cool.
    Love the Instagram activity too!

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

    1. You do? So cool! Maybe one day we'll meet at a Blogger Meet-Up somewhere. =D Heading to Vegas for the TpT conference? If so, maybe it'll be in Vegas for our first meeting, even though we both live in Illinois. LOL ;)

  5. Such a cute spring bulletin board! Thank you for the freebie on cause and effect! I always have students that struggle with this skill.
    Conversations in Literacy


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