Procedural Writing

We've been hard at work in Room 3!

We started our journey into informational writing with a look at procedural writing first.

First, we used The Teacher Wife's packet for How to Blow a Bubble. My kids loved this! We're not allowed to chew gum at school, so they loved the "sneakiness" of practicing their bubble blowing skills. {I stood by the door with my trash can at the end of each class to make sure the gum bandits didn't put it in any unsavory places.}

A few of my girls were very serious about their likenesses...

Check out those earrings!

Can you see the 3-D bangs?

Part of our hallway display!

Look at the new stamp my principal has... Is this not the cutest??

After we mastered our blowing bubble gum skills, we used Ginger Snaps' How to Make a Coke Float packet. We've been talking about using specific details, creating engaging beginnings and wrapping it all up with a strong closing. They were so excited to publish today!

It's not much, but I wanted to share our publishing paper.

Ice Cream Float Publish

What I liked best about both of these units is that we had quality Writer's Workshop time, everything was fairly inexpensive and the kiddos had so much fun!!  Make sure you check out the links to Ginger Snaps and The Teacher Wife for the writing units - they're both FREE! Leave those ladies some blog lovin' if you hop over!

Groundhogs Galore!

You know that freebie I mentioned?

It's here!

Groundhogs Galore! Freebie

This is part of my new unit - Groundhogs Galore or here on Teachers Notebook! If you like what you see and would like a little bit more, it's in my TpT store for one whole dollar. I've included a Groundhog Day poem, response activity, compound words printable, punctuation printable, the making words activity and a creative writing page.

Can you believe all of that is packed into one whole dollar? :)

If you're like me and don't have access to Scribd at work (insert horrified gasp), you can still download the freebie on TpT - it's the preview file. 

Either way -  if you like what you see, leave a little blog lovin'!

Happy Monday, Peeps!


Adjective Antics

I've been hard at work on my new unit, Adjective Antics!

{Click on the picture above to get it from my TpT store.}

Like most of my grammar-based units, it includes a poem, response page, a partner game and several student activities! It's also part of my ever-growing poetry notebook.

To celebrate, I also created an adjective freebie you can use with a simple popcorn party! I actually started writing the unit with this activity in mind, but then it took on a life of it's own and this just didn't seem to fit with the rest of the unit. :)

{Again, click on the picture to download it <for free> from my TpT store!}

I hope you're having a good weekend! I've already got another freebie in the works, so stay tuned!

A Day in My Shoes...

Katie @ Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher is hosting her first linky party. Here are the rules:

1. Right click and save the button above to put in your post. Make the picture a link when you add it so others can easily find the linky party.
2. Tell about a typical day in your classroom. You can share as little or as much as you would like.
3. Go  to Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher blog and link up.
4. Visit the other links to see what a day is like in their class!

Here we go!

5:15 - The alarm goes off. The snooze button is typically hit twice.

5: 30 - I get my tail up and follow the cats to the kitchen. Treats are given (for getting me out of bed) and the Keurig is put to work. I make my lunch and breakfast to-go. If I don't wait to eat breakfast later, I will be a stark-raving mad hunger monster by 10:00. We have the last lunch in the entire school.

5:45 - Shower. Dry hair. Put on makeup - if I feel like it. :) Get dressed.

6:30 - Pick up breakfast, lunch and work bag. Head out the door.

6:45 - Arrive at school. I live just far away enough so that I don't run into kids at the grocery store, but close enough to have a really easy commute. Turn on lamps. Check email. Set up guided reading materials and make any charts I will need before kids come in.

7:15 - The bell rings and students begin coming in. Morning work begins. One or two of them plop themselves at my table intermittently to ask for help.(I have the inclusion homeroom, and it is a a huge victory when they initiate asking for help!) Pencils are sharpened, book totes are refilled and language games are played.

7:50 - The tardy bell rings and the morning announcements are broadcast.

8:00 - Writer's Workshop begins. Mini-lesson and work time. Conferences are attempted, but with 14 inclusion students (22 total) there is a lot of small group teaching going on after the mini-lesson.

8:40 - Writer's Workshop Share Time

8:45 - Reader's Workshop/Daily 5 begins. Mini-Lesson #1 is standards based. Students go to guided reading or make their first Daily 5 selection.

9:15 - Mini-Lesson #2 is Daily 5 based. We pull our 2nd guided reading group and students make their 2nd Daily 5 choice.

9:40 - Reader's Workshop Closing

9:45 - Skills Block (Grammar or Spelling)

10:15 - Pack Up and Switch (Our school is departmentalized 1st-5th)

10:20 - 11:20 - Reader's Workshop and Daily 5 (repeat lesson)

11:20 - 11:45 - Skills Block (repeat lesson)

11:45 - 12:25  - Specials

12:25 - 12:45 - Homework, Read Aloud or Finish Up Skills

12:45 - 1:15 -  Lunch ( I told you it was awful.)

1:15 - 2:00 - Writer's Workshop (repeat lesson)

2:00 - 2:10 - Pack Up/Classroom Jobs

2:10 - 1st Load Dismissal (My teaching partner and I alternate dismissal duty every other week.)

2:40 - 2nd Load Dismissal

2:45 - End Of Day bell rings and teachers can leave to go home. Yeah, right.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have Drama Club practice from 2:45 - 4:30. I end up taking 2-4 kids home, then usually coming back to school and working until 6 or 6:30. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I am usually at school unit 4:30 or 5:00.

Let's pretend it's a Thursday...

6:00 - Head to the gym.

7:00 - Wobble home. Attempt to fix dinner of some sort.

8:00 - Collapse on the couch. Watch TV or read.

9:30 - Head to bed. Watch more TV or read more books.

10:00  - Asleep. Hibernating until I have to get up and do it all over again!

I love reading everyone's posts! Make sure you click on over and link up!


January Currently

Oh Boy! It's that time!!!

And guess what... the dryer just finished!!! :-)

If you're wondering what in the heck this Currently stuff is, be sure to head on over to Farley's blog. If you link up, you can enter her giveaway for this pencil sharpener thing I am sure to be obsessed with!!

Giveaway Winners!!

A very big thank you to everyone who participated and blogged about our giveaway! An especially big thank you to Mandy @ Mandy's Tips for Teachers for putting this all together.

Here are the winners!

You will be able to choose one item total from the participating stores.

You will be able to choose two items total from the participating stores.

Congratulations! You will be able to choose one item from each of the participating stores. 

I have emailed the winners that I have contact info for. If you did not leave your email, please use the Contact Me form to get in touch with me!

Winners, here are the stores - Have fun shopping!






January Reads

I am sitting in my PJs at 9:30 am and trying to hold on to these last few days of winter vacation.These last two weeks have been so good to me. I am not looking forward to that 4:45 alarm going off, but I am looking forward to seeing those sweet faces next Tuesday.

While scrolling through my blog feed this morning, I came across a fabulous giveaway over at Learning with Mrs. Parker.  She's also hosting a fun January Books linky party, so I thought I would jump in...

I love:

Martin's Big Words
I really love this book. It does such a good job of explaining why we honor MLK. Nikki Giovanni is an amazing author.

Substitute Groundhog
Really, Groundhog Day is so early in February you have to get ready for it in January... right? :) It's also about getting ready for Groundhog Day, so I like sneaking it in before February comes.

Brave Irene
I love using Brave Irene to teach conflict (character vs. nature) and theme (perseverance). It's also a fun winter story for Georgia kids who rarely see much snow.

I hope you'll link  up with your favorite January read alouds as well! Hop on over to Learning with Mrs. Parker!

One Little Word

I read about this first over at Farley's blog, and then here at Ali's blog.

I pretty much love it. Resolutions are so hard to keep, but one word? I can do one word.

The Good Lord knows I am the kind of girl who needs Him right-there-in-my-face. (Anybody else?) So, when this word popped into my head I knew it was Him talking. And who am I to argue with Him?

So that's my word. And the more I think about it, the more I want to hold tight to it. 
I want to show more grace - to my husband, my family, my friends and those precious faces in my classroom every day. 

I want to seek His grace. Daily. Hourly. Minute by minute.

I want to accept His grace. That's the hard one for me. Accepting his mercy, clemency and pardon. Yep, those 3 words hit me pretty hard.

Did you pick a word for this year? I'd love to see it! Leave a link for me in the comments!

PS - Don't forget about the ginormous giveaway that ends on January 6th! Click here!