Five for Fraturday

My heart is happy.  This week we finally got over the beginning of the year bump.  Back to School night is over {thank goodness}, MOST assessments have been administered and we are finally into some good ole fashioned learning! {or maybe it's new fashioned?}

Linkin' up for my favorite party with Doodle Bugs!
Here is an abbreviated overview of the past 3 weeks of school--EEKK!

Do you Daily Five?  I have tried incorporating a few aspects of it--without reading the book-- which I am sure is so wrong on so many levels. 

So when I went to teach about reading with a partner, I told them to read like this. 

And I explained the acronym EEKK by saying how our elbows and knees are parallel.   Because parallel makes a lot of sense to 7 year olds.  Anyway, I kind of decided that I like them to read their anthology books like this since they are so big (the books, note the kids).  I guess I will do a follow up lesson next week about reading the SAME book and sharing and sitting next to each other and all that that and I promise I will get it right the second time.  : )

When I saw this picture on Pinterest,
I knew even with 100 other things on my (mental) to do list, it had to be done.
{Unfortunately, I cannot find the original source.  The picture doesn't lead to anywhere and I even did a google search, so I apologize if this is yours!! Please let me know and I will give credit : )}
I put my own spin on it and included a pencil craft the kids made with a bunch of scrapbooking paper I had sitting around my house just looking pretty.  I put it up in time for Back to School night and then realized my door would be open while parents walked by my room so they probably wouldn't even see it : /  Oh well! I still love it!

We dove into math centers this week after I prepped for two weeks and changed my mind 5,000 times about how I wanted it to be set up and who should be partners with who and what time of math we should do them and all those other logistics.  We did them 3x so far and it made me SOO happy to see them working together and having fun while practicing necessary skills : )

 Glad I took this picture so I could see some of my friends need some more practice ; )

This happened on Thursday night.  How does this happen?! 
I don't have a clue but it makes me SOOOO excited!!!

I made these.  It only took two weekends, four trips to different stores, a stop at my parents and my husband's help but I finished them and they are in my classroom and there are 5 of them and I shouldn't sit on them because they are not designed for full grown people to use 'em but they look perrrrty and that's all that matters, right?
Have a great weekend!!!! It feels like a cool, autumn day here in Pennsylvania.  We have a 4 mile walk for Out of the Darkness: Suicide prevent later today. 
If you are feeling generous and want to donate, click here : )


Football Centers and Hula Hooping...

Tomorrow will be the 10th day of school but somehow it already feels like it will be the 50th.  The days have been long, hot and full of sweat.  Cute, right?

Luckily, the temps are supposed to cool down so hopefully we can up our productiveness.  I am very happy with our progress so far and surviving the heat and humidity has created a "We can get through this together" kind of attitude.  I really can't wait for what is to come!

The beginning of the year has been a learning curve for me.  I have come to realize you can't do it all at once, you have to take it slow and balance focusing on a day at a time with looking at the big picture.

So in order to make sense of it all, I am here to link up with Deedee Wills to share my visual plans.  These actually have really been helping me so it's worth it to take the time to make them.  Hope they help you, too!

Click on the picture to download my plans and then everything is clickable!

I am starting math center rotations tomorrow! I have been prepping furiously and didn't want to rush into them without feeling like my students were ready.  I am still using my Back to School Math centers and Amy Lemons' from my previous Visual Plans post.

But I will start to prep my newly updated Football themed centers, too!

Preview my Football themed centers for a *FREEBIE*! Or you can go to my Facebook page and enter to win a FREE copy : )

My plan is to spend some time reviewing this week.  Our district adopted a new math curriculum so it has been a little bit of a rough start.  It is all so new--the language and writing is definitely a challenge and it will take some time to adapt.  I'd rather than have kiddos lost in the weeks to come.

We started interactive notebooks on day 2 of school but have only used them a few times since.  I am making it my goal to use them everyday this week with Blair Turner's genius Common Core Interactive Math Notebook.

Spelling went SO well last week.  After we pretested, I took a chance and went with just two spelling lists.  I have used up to 4 at times and it is A  LOT to keep track of.  I don't want to seem like I am cutting corners but from the pretest results, I thought it would work--and it DID! The words were appropriately challenging for both groups.  SUCCESS!  I won't pretest this week but will stick with two lists.  Until I see a need for change, I am going to keep on going : )

I am SO excited for a new story/skill.  I dragged out the first story for 7 days and it was getting OLD.  AND I cannot WAIT to finally use hula hoops in my class.


Okay let me take you back for a minute.  I used to work at Hooters.  Yes, I was a Hooter's girl.
We hula hooped.  A LOT.  I loved it.  One customer actually told me that the only time he saw me "really smile" was when I was hula hooping.  
I will probably end up hula hooping for my kids this week.  Maybe I can make that into some kind of bribe classroom reward for good behavior.
Or to motivate them to write.  This is definitely an area that needs improvement.  That's why I am taking it back to the basics.  We need to practice writing on the line, neatness, finger spaces and illustrating.  So that's what we shall do.
Well I better go.  Back to School night is Tuesday.  I need to mentally and physically prepare for that. I have about 30 Pinterest ideas I'd like to complete by then. {HA! like that's going to happen}  Luckily, the teacher I am in for said she will come so that will help.  I hope no one asks me any really tough questions.  I will already be sweating because I'm sure it will be hot.  I am trying to put together a Powerpoint and not just give 100 handouts But my projector isn't even working right now.
If all else fails, maybe I will just hula hoop.