Friday, April 12, 2013

Five for Friday 4.12.13


It's Friday; so you know what that up time!  
Here are our 5 things!

1.  We have added a new product in our store!  We've been using this in our classrooms and it's yielding positive results.  The best's simple and requires very little preparation.  There are 2 games included in this packet to practice Nonsense Word Fluency!  

If you CLICK HERE, you will find a freebie that contains a Nonsense Word Fluency Word Sort and Nonsense Word Fluency Read the Room!  

Here's our kiddos playing 1 of the games!  Each child has to read a nonsense word that is projected on the SMART Board.  If they get it right, they stay in the game.  If they get it wrong, they're out.  If they get a "Bzzzz" page, they are also out. They love this game and could play all day!

2.  Our Flat Stanley's are coming back to NC!  Look at this adorable FS!  A student's grandfather works for the Coast Guard and took FS on quite an adventure...look at the FS size life vest!  

As the Flat Stanley's arrive, we hang them in the hall with a map to show where FS has been.  The kiddos love seeing the collection of letters, pictures, maps, and other items that friends and family send back with FS.  

3.  Several years ago, a speaker came to the school I was teaching at named Rick DuVall.  One of the strategies he presented was called a reading comprehension graphic organizer called a "GoChart!" It is a very simple way to organize the students' and teacher thoughts before, during, and after reading.  Below is an example, created with the book, Moose Tracks.   

The P stands for Predictions:  Students make predictions of what is going to happen based on the picture walk and discussion.  (On this example, I recorded the predictions)  

The V stands for Vocabulary:  We usually front load the vocabulary by presenting difficult words that will be in the book and words that are important to the meaning of the story.

The U stands for Understanding:   As we are reading (or as the student's are reading), we have the student's record "I Notice" statements to let me know what they are thinking about during the story.

The Q stand for Questions:  As we're reading (or as the student's are reading), we have the student's record "I Wonder" statements that ask questions.

The C stands for Connections:  At the end of the story we record connections made.  

It's worth a try if you're looking for a new graphic organizer to test out in your room!

4.     We have been busy this week working on our Spring has Sprung packet.  Today we ended the week with a Spring egg hunt that contained reading, math, and science questions that had to be answered (included in the packet).  The kiddos loved it!  Neither of us got pictures of this; but we wish we had!  Hopper is busy going home with kiddos each day, when he travels home with them, there are Spring books, question prompts, and a journal for the kiddos to write in (also all included in the packet).   We like having this home - school connection this time of year when things get so crazy!

5.  Have you ever seen these weekly "To Do" lists at the Dollar Spot at Target or elsewhere?  We love them!  They are such a handy way to keep our To Do lists somewhat organized...and they are cute to boot!  Today we were able to cross "Report Cards" our lists (whew!)!   

Have a GREAT weekend!  


  1. Those Flat Stanleys are stinking cute!!!!
    ideas by jivey

  2. The families go all out when they send them back, it's so fun to see their adventures!

  3. I love FS's vest! I saw that there is a Flat Stanley app ($). I usually only read the FS picture book but I could really see developing this into a unit. Great ideas.

    My mentor teacher (from student teaching) did something similar to your graphic organizer. CROP QV (connections, reactions, opinions, predictions, questions, and visualizing)

    You Might Be a First Grader….

    1. We tie the FS project in with our mapping unit so it works well. We will have to check on the app! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Congrats on finishing report cards - I hate those hanging over my head! And I am seriously going to Target tomorrow. I love anything that allows me to cross off a list :)

    Lucky to Be in First

    1. We are glad they are done! Michaels is another place that has them.

  5. I have progress reports to get done this weekend..blech. That Flat Stanley is so, so cute!
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

    1. Good luck with your progress reports! Hopefully they go fast and you can enjoy your weekend!

  6. I should try those to do lists instead of my 20+ sticky notes that get lost!!

    1. I think every teacher has post it notes all over their desk with things to do!

  7. This was the first year in YEARS that I didn't do Flat I'm missing him. :( Very cute nonsense word game - I could see my kiddos going crazy for it! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  8. I think I need to make a Target run! I love those to do lists.
    Super cute word sort - I pinned it so I can use it at the beginning of the school year. Thanks!

  9. I love that comprehension sticky note chart. I've never seen anything like that. Very comprehensive. Thanks for sharing!
    Literacy Spark

    1. Thanks! It's very easy to use and it's kiddo friendly so that's great.

  10. Lovin' everything about this post! That sticky note chart is great :)

    Primary Buzz

  11. Thanks, that was sweet of you! The chart can also be done in a journal or notebook with or without post its. :)