Saturday, May 18, 2013

Five for Friday!

Has anyone else's week been crazy busy?!? It also seemed very long and drawn out and I'm not quite sure why! Oh well! Friday has arrived and I am THANKFUL for every last minute I have with my current class of kiddos. I am so unbelievably attached to them that I have already caught myself tearing up a couple times just thinking about the end of school closing in on us so quickly!
Please tell me I am not the only one feeling so emotional. :)
In honor of Friday, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching once again for my Five for Friday! I apologize for my lack of pictures this week... I was just running around like a crazy person and just wasn't snapping as many as I would have liked to!
1. Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week and I felt so appreciated! I got flowers, chocolates and candy! I loved it all!

2. As much as I love the flowers and chocolates, I also really love the handmade cards that the kids give to me because they are so special and from the heart! Check out this very sweet card I got from one of my wonderful students:
3. I have a pack that I made called "Prove It!" where students have to read a short passage and answer comprehension questions. The trick to this pack is that I have added in a color coding system where students have to go back in the text and mark how they found their answer. For example, if a question asked, "What day does Jimmy do his homework?"...a student would go back in the passage and underline a sentence with a red crayon that says, "Jimmy has to do his homework on Thursday before he can go to football practice." I have them use a different color for each question as well as a different mark (underline, circle, box) for proving their answers. The reason I'm telling you this is because I administered one of my usual weekly reading tests this week and I was so proud of one student's test! She actually made up her OWN marking system to PROVE her answers on her test! I am so proud.. it really made me feel that I have truly taught them the concept of going back and being able to cite how they know the answer to questions. Take a look for yourself:
If you take a close look, you'll notice that this student even wrote how she marked each sentence in the text. For number one she "boxed" the sentence, number two she wrote "line" because she underlined it in the text, and number three says "colr" because she boxed the sentence and colored it in. I love, love, love this! You can click the picture to check out my Prove It! pack if you would like!
4. In class during centers, I had students working on a huge word sort! The word cards and headers are from my Long and Short Vowel Sounds Word Hunt Pack and the kiddos had a blast sorting ALL of the cards!
5. Lastly, but certainly not least, we have been studying PLANTS this week! We had a blast! I used Rebecca Anderton's pack and it is AMAZING! If you are looking for a wonderful resource to teach your firsties about plants, you must check it out! Click the picture to see it on TpT!
One of my favorite activities from the pack is the "My Sprout House"! Students are able to choose from two designs, color and decorate it! Then students put a lima bean seed with a wet paper towel inside a Ziploc and tape it to the Sprout House opening. So cute and the kids love it!
Here's a pic of ours in the window!
That's all I have for today! Thanks for stopping by! I love reading comments so feel free to share some love down below! :)


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  1. Awesome activities! Aren't kids creative? Love how she came up with her own system! :)

    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

    1. Yes, they amaze me every day with their creativity! :)

  2. Love your Prove It activity! I will have to go check it out. This week was super busy for me!! I totally crashed on Friday afternoon! Enjoy the rest of your weekend:)

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

    1. Thank you Corinna! Enjoy the rest of yours too.... what little there is left! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing about the plant unit! The lima bean houses are super cute.

    1. I thought so too! Hoping to find some cool progress that we can journal about tomorrow when we check on them! :) Thanks for stopping by!