Friday, February 22, 2013

Five For Friday {including a FREEBIE} 2.22.13

Hello Blog Hoppers! 
It’s Friday!  We hope your week was a good one!  Here are our Five for Friday things…

1.  If you are using Daily 5 in your classroom, you know that part of the structure is to have students “shop” for their books.  In our classrooms we are trying to encourage our kiddos to select books from a variety of genres for their book bins.   The FREEBIE below provides you with materials to make a “Shopping for Books Across the Genres” anchor chart, as well as, a “shopping list” students can use to select books, response sheets for Read to Self and Read to Someone, and a “shopping list” for students to fill out prior to “shopping” for books.   You can find the genre freebie through the link below!  Happy Shopping!  

2.   Last week we talked about a new routine we were starting in our classrooms to increase addition fluency, Rainbow Math.  Our students are so excited and many of them are moving on up already!  They love practicing together!  Rainbow Math is also available in our TpT store!  

3.  We are always looking for new Word Work activities to keep our kids excited and engaged while practicing their phonics skills.  This is one that we wanted to share in case you were looking for something to try.  Students use “window markers” to practice their words!  They literally write all over our classroom windows, which they just LOVE!
4.  We have completed our unit on Shapes in Math.  Our students made “Geoanimals” using 3D shapes they had brought from home (things like cereal boxes, toilet paper rolls, birthday hats, etc.)!  The kids loved creating something unique from things that would’ve been thrown away!

5.We worked on “Blends Projects” this week.  For this project,  there was a square for each of the beginning blends (bl, cr, st, etc), and students worked together to find pictures of things in magazines that started with the blend square they were assigned to.  They had a great time working with partners on this project.  It definitely encouraged team work and cooperative learning.  In Sara’s room, she made a quilt with the squares.  In my room, I attached the squares to a line that hangs in my room with colorful clothespins. 

Have a GREAT weekend!


  1. I am from OH too and I live in NC! Your blog is really cute! Thanks for checking out my blog. I am your newest follower. :)

  2. Hi ladies! I am SO glad you stopped by my blog! I am your newest follower! I LOVE every single one of your Five for Fridays! We are studying blends now so I am adding both of your blend activities! You are so creative! I have never heard of window markers! I hope I can find them here! I also downloaded your Shopping Across the Genres! Another amazing idea! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like the genre packet! You can find the window markers online. ;)

  3. The Window Markers idea is amazing! Now I just have to find a way to get my kids up high enough to reach my windows. hmmmm... Does standing on a heat register seem like a good idea? ;) Thanks for coming by my blog today and for the great ideas!

    Apples, Crayons, and Caffeine

    1. Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  4. Thanks! Our kiddos are LOVING it too! They could hardly wait for their turn to be "tested" on their facts! We think this routine will be a great success in our classrooms!

    :) Tamra and Sarah