Friday, January 30, 2015

Five For Friday!

It's FINALLY Friday! This week I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching, and I am planning on making this an every week occurrence - so get ready!

SNOW DAY... just kidding :(

So Snowmageddon 2015 didn't make as big of a mess in my area as it was expected to. We were predicted to get 1 to 2 feet and we ended up with literally NOTHING - not a dusting - not an inch - absolutely no snow. A little disappointing but I guess it was better than being snowed in.

I've been working on these wonderful secret walker chips for my classroom. I plan to also use these chips for other purposes such as picking students randomly to help me, answer questions, deliver something, etc. I plan to have two buckets a draw and discard bucket. I also plan to have a container for the incentives that I plant to give out which are positive notes home. 

I found this amazing idea from Teri over at A Cupcake For the Teacher. You can find the blog post here. Here's a quick look at how she runs her secret walkers. 

Today was our professional development day. Our school district implemented the Institute for Learning's (click on link for more info) - Our Amazing Body unit plan for our science curriculum. The unit is extensive and will take about a month to teach - to help us prepare they have given us 3 training sessions to help us better understand the unit and become familiar with the best ways to implement it in a first grade classroom. The unit uses these three books and I actually seem to really like it so far and think the kids will too! 

I will have more information when we start it in May. Here's a sneak peak:

Have you ever heard of OREO writing?!?!? If not you must read on... A teacher introduced me to the idea today at our PD day - holy moly is my mind blown! Well when you are writing an opinion piece you have the kids think about an Oreo as they write. This visual from Michelle Tomasewski's TPT store says it all - just take a look.

I am planning on creating my own materials to go with this concept and they should be up soon on my TPT store and maybe a blog post for them too.

I gained my first follower on my Tumblr today! This was very exciting for me.. If you're interested in some outfit ideas for teaching head on over and check it out! -> Teacher Clothes OH MY!

Happy Weekend everyone! More to come soon.

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  1. Love the Oreo idea. We did opinion writing this past week and will continue next week. May have to add that in... Fun clothes pictures! I need some ideas and to go shopping. Quick!!

    1. Alyce, thanks for stopping by! I was so excited to use the oreo idea - it's great, and the kids think it's hilarious - I'm glad you might get to use it too! I am planning to post new clothing ideas soon - keep tuned :)

  2. The secret walker and OREO ideas look cute! I've been seeing OREO around but haven't used it yet. Found your adorable blog through Five for Friday!

    1. I'm so glad you found me! I hope you can use some of the ideas in your classroom. I am in love with the OREO idea - although I can't take all the credit for it :)