Friday, August 16, 2013

Five for Friday 8.16.13

It's Friday; time to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

We are really excited to announce that we are starting a linky!  This Monday we will host "Motivate Me Monday" for the first time!  We want this to be a quick link-up just to share a little something to help us all get the week off to a great start.  Please join in with us by posting a picture, quote, great story....something you find "motivating" and helps remind us why we love teaching!  Anything to give us a smile on a Monday!  We look forward to seeing what you have to share!  We hope to "see you" there!

We are officially back to school!  Yesterday and today we have been in meetings and training.    Next week we have more meetings and time in our room (Yay!).  Kiddos start on the 26th.

During our planning time last week we worked as a team to develop more rigorous lesson plans based on Common Core Standards.  We used a new format (to our school) called Learning Focused.  Do any of you have experience with this format/program?  One of the standards we addressed was RL 1.2 "Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of the their central message or lesson." Focusing on the central message part of this standard; we plan to read a variety of Kevin Henkes books to help the students understand what messages books teach you. We will use the graphic organizer below to check for student understanding.  If you'd like a free copy, click below.   And while you're at it, head on over to Lucky to Be in First for her Fabulous Freebies on the Fifteenth

We have been busy preparing for the kiddos!  Sarah made these cute glow sticks to give our students from last year that come to visit us and these fun birthday prizes for students throughout the year.  

We are looking forward to using our Back to School packet (O"fish"ally Back to School) this year.   We have been busy laminating and cutting lately!  Sometimes we even get a little bit of assistance when we are prepping materials:

We have also been prepping our monthly take home reading strategy packets.  We can't wait to start "SPARK" bags in September!  For more information, click here or here.  Tonight stay tuned to our Facebook page...there might just be a flash freebie!  :)

Have a GREAT weekend!


  1. I love the idea for your linky! So fun! How nice you give kiddos from last year a treat for a visit!

    Lucky to Be in First

    1. Thank you, Molly! We hope a lot of them stop by. It's always neat to see how much they've grown up over the summer!

  2. Ooh- i'm excited for your linky to begin! Love some extra motivation on Monday! You have a whole lot of meetings before your students actually come to school- hope they are informative! :)
    Learning to the Core

    1. Thank you, Aylin! We look forward to you joining us on Monday! Yes, a lot of meetings! It can be quite busy! We are always happy for time in our classrooms.

  3. Awww, look at all of this cuteness!! I just love reading your blog!! Your linky looks fun! I will have to try to link up (although I have been an awful blogger lately!)!

    Have a great weekend!
    Collaboration Cuties

    1. Thank you, Amanda! You're too sweet! Super, "see you" Monday!

  4. That linky is a great idea! I'm about 3/4's through this year (in New Zealand), and NEED a bit of encouragement/motivation to stick it out for the years to come!! I will definitely be back :)
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