Five For Friday 3.22.13

TGIF!  It was a busy week for us and we are sure it was for you too! 
 Here are 5 tidbits about our week!

1.  We were really excited to post our 1st Grade Monster Grammar Packet on TpT and TN! We knew at the beginning of the year that we would need to organize ourselves in order to teach all of the grammar skills required in Common Core; so this packet was created! Prior to this year we had not taught things like prepositions or determiners to our first grade kiddos! This packet contains a poster, sorting or matching cards, and student printable and/or activity for each of the “Conventions of Standard English” standards  for First Grade.  We have found it to be so helpful to have all of these standards addressed in ONE resource!

2.  Currently in Writer’s Workshop we are working on using conventions appropriately in our writing.  This involves some editing on the students’ part.  After they have edited their work, we let them “publish” their piece.   This simple task seems to get them very excited to try hard to produce quality writing.  If you’d like a free copy of the “This book is dedicated to…” and “About the Author” templates, just click here.  Another perk of “publishing books” is that we let the students read these during Daily 5 as a special treat.  Do you "publish"  books in your class?  Do you find it to be a motivation? 

3.  Have you ever used Sign Up Genius?  We had both used it for non-school related events and have started using it in our classrooms too.  It has made life SO EASY! Whenever we need parents to volunteer to bring materials or help out we use Sign Up Genius.  This week we needed several items for our Economics unit and with Sign Up Genius we were able to get the word out and ensure that we had all the materials taken care of!  If you haven't heard of it before or tried it should!  

4.  Do you use the Houghton Mifflin leveled reader books in your classroom?  Something we have had great success with that we haven’t had a chance to blog about is the use of the HM leveled readers and our question prompts as a home reading task.  The packet below has prompts for a reading response journal (made specific for the first grade set of HM readers with a 2004 copyright date). Prompts are differentiated by reading level so students are appropriately challenged. There are 2 response prompts for each leveled reader title. These prompts are a great extension piece for guided reading groups!   The kiddos enjoy these and they serve as a nice home-school connection as well!

5. This Sunday we linked up with Flying into First Grade for a "Let's Get Acquainted" Linky.  We had to list 2 truths and a 1 lie; what a fun idea!  And now to reveal our lies…

Have a great SPRING weekend!


  1. Happy Weekend! I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing about your week!

    I Love My Classroom

  2. Thanks for joining us, Emily! We will head on over to your blog!

  3. Thanks for stopping over to see my Five for Friday! I love that 2 lies and 1 truth game! I teach fifth and we play that game at the end of the year! It is super cute to hear how well the students know each other :) New follower!

    Little Lovely Leaders

  4. Thanks for joining us! I agree, the 2 lies and 1 truth would be great for 5th would be interesting with 1st graders! I think they'd forget which of their statements was a lie! :) We will head your way!
    Tamra and Sarah