Can you believe we made it to Friday???!! Teaching the week before a holiday is always hard, but this week seemed like it went on… and on… and on!
Now, don’t be jealous, but I am one of those lucky few who has to teach next week as well… but don’t worry, it’s only for two days, so you don’t have to pull out the full green eyed monster for long! 😉
This week has been full of turkey fun, workshop mischief, and mental math up the hizway! There is only one way to sum up my week, and that is by linking up with Doodle Bugs for her Five for Friday!
We started off the week total Turkey style with reading one of my favorite Thanksgiving books, “T’was the Night Before Thanksgiving” by Dav Pikley, which of course led to some persuasive writing and turkey crafting using my little, “No Turkey for Thanksgiving ?!” Pack (You can read more about this fun little craftivity here)
We also stated making our Turkey place-mats for our Thanksgiving Feast we’re having the last day before break.
They are turning out so cute! You can grab the templates for this fun activity for FREE here.
We also did some none fiction reading using our Scholastic News.
I even found this awesomely kid friendly activity in their printables sections that helped my budding Common Core kiddos practice sighting their evidence for their answers! PTL!
2. Workshop Mischief…
I was lucky enough to attend a district provided training this week on ISN (Interactive Student Notebooks). We use our Reading Response Journals like no-one’s business, so I think the transition into a more “formal” notebook will be easy. (Finger’s crossed!) You’ll have to check back on my progress after break to see how we’re doin’ 😉
4. Math Station Thankful!
This year, we’ve been blessed with an extended math block. This extra 30 minutes as allowed me to fully implement math centers as an activity we do EVERYDAY! Can I tell you, this week, I really saw the benefits!
While the kiddos are working out of their tubs, I can pull students for enrichment and intervention! (LOVE!) If you’re interested in learning more about my math center time, you can click here!
Which leads me to…
4. Addition Hunt…
Remember when I said I’ve noticed my kiddos strength in their mental math capabilities? Well here’s one example of where they shined! We had ants in our pants towards the end of the week, so we used one of the activities from Katie’s “Sum Fall Fun” Pack as an “Addition Hunt”.
I was blown away to see how many of my kiddos were able to use mental math to accurately solve the word problems (an area that is ALWAYS difficult when we’re still perfecting our reading)
5. Donor’s Choose Strikes Again!
A few months ago, I created a project through DonorsChoose.org for new CCSS aligned center activities. We were having a really hard time finding quality activities that allowed students to practice their “deeper thinking” that is required in our new standards. I found these AWESOME center through Lakeshore, and knew we had to have them! Well the project was funded and we received our new centers this week! I can’t wait to add these to our small group time when we get back from Thanksgiving break!
Well that’s my week in a nutshell. Be sure to head back over to Doodle Bugs to read all about how some of your other favorite teachers’ weeks went!
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