Five for Friday 12.13.13

Happy Friday to all of you!

Here's a peek at our week:

We decorated our hall with Tacky Sweaters!  Our kiddos made tacky sweaters and then described them using adjectives.  They loved this project and they've been a big hit with the teachers in the building so far!  If you'd like to give it a try, head on over to the 2013 TpT Winter eBook.  The tacky sweater activity that we created, as well as, many other great activities can be downloaded for FREE!  You won't be disappointed!  Thank you to Hillary Lewis for allowing us to be a part of this great collection of freebies!   

Throughout the month of December the reading strategy we will work on is making Mental Images.  Our kiddos always enjoy this strategy.  One reason we enjoy teaching it is that all students can feel successful with a Mental Image task.  

If you'd like FREE activities (including the activity above) to work on Mental Images, click here.  

We have been working so hard on providing evidence from the story when answering comprehension questions.  Our packet, Reading Passages with Written Response Requiring Text Evidence, has really helped provide a framework for us to teach our students this difficult and important skill.  We are working on the passages during reading group time.  The kiddos love highlighting the important information in the story that they go back and use when providing evidence.  

If you'd like to try this out in your classroom, the packet will be HALF PRICE through Sunday…that's over 50 reading passages with scaffolded questions for $4.00!

Here is some of the feedback we've received so far about this product:

Here is a freebie of 3 sample passages from the pack!

We added a new product to our store last week, Party Time.  This packet includes five quick and easy activities that teach  / review telling time to the hour and half hour.  The activities can be used whole group, small group, or for independent work.  We start our time unit after Winter Break and we are looking forward to adding these activities to our lessons.

We started our work on persuasive letter writing this week.  To "kick it off" we helped the kiddos write a letter to our classroom Teacher Assistants.  The kiddos were trying to persuade her to let them pick their own seats in the lunch room next week (normally they have assigned seats).  We explained that the letter had to give solid reasons that she should say "yes."  This activity turned out really cute…and she said "Yes" so the kiddos are super excited of course!

Have a super weekend!  


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    1. Thanks! The kiddos were pretty excited when she said yes!

  2. Your "Tacky Sweaters" are too funny! I remember getting 1 or 2 of those as gifts in my years as a teacher! Ha, Ha!
    Thanks for the awesome freebies! :)