Friday, December 6, 2013

Five for Friday {12.6.13}

Happy Friday to all of you!

Today we celebrated St.Nick in our classrooms.  The kiddos wore slippers around the room and set their shoes out to see if a special surprise would be left behind when they were at recess.  It sure happened!  St. Nick brought them candy, a no homework coupon, and holiday pencils.  They were pretty excited!  What a fun way to end the week!

We completed our parent holiday presents this week.  We have the students make a calendar for their mom and dad using very simple supplies: poster board, construction paper, their picture, a magnetic strip, and calendar pages for each month of the year that they fill in.  I got this idea from the previous school I was at and I'm pretty sure this will be my parent gift forever…it's so easy and "kid friendly."  The kiddos actually make all of it which is so important if they're giving it to their family.  

Head on over to our Facebook page this weekend to get a freebie as a part of the December Facebook Frenzy!

The 1st grade hop starts here:

  Our freebie is a set of Reading Comprehension passages that we created that focus on written response to text using evidence.

  This freebie came about from our newest product, Reading Passages with Written Response Requiring Text Evidence.  Our kiddos are expected to provide a written response to text during Running Records this year, so we created this full packet as a way to help this with this skill.   This packet contains over 50 passages, divided into Beginning of Year, Middle of Year, and End of Year to provide scaffolding for this difficult task! Our kiddos have been happy to work on them so far and we hope this continues! 

We are so excited to be a part of the 2013 Winter Holidays Tips and Freebies eBook for grades 1-2! Head over to TpT to grab it and start checking out LOTS of freebies!  

We love having Pen Pals this year!!!  We have teamed up with Amanda and Aylin over at Learning to the Core to write letters back and forth between classrooms.  Our kiddos were so excited this week to get holiday pencils and bookmarks from their pen pals!  They enjoyed making their pals a friendship bracelet and winter card as well!

We hope you have a great weekend!


  1. Those calendars are so adorable- your students' parents must just love them! I'll be on the lookout for your pen pal package on Monday because I know our little friends will be thrilled to get those sweet friendship bracelets!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Learning to the Core

    1. Thank you, Aylin! We hope that their parent's will enjoy them, the kiddos definitely work hard on them! Love being your pen pals!