Week in Review

HOLY.GIVEAWAY.BATMAN!! My followers have doubled overnight- not even kidding! You guys R.O.C.K in the USA {in my best John Mellencamp voice- air guitar and all}...okay, so that may or may not have been too much. I just can't help myself. I have loads to be excited about!

{WARNING: this is a long post- it's serious loyalty if you make it to the end}

 Today was the last day of Saturday school and this teacher right here is trilled to get my Saturday mornings back! I have very important things to do on Saturday mornings...like sleep. ;)

It's been a busy week!

This week our phonics focus was long o spelled -oa and o_e. We kicked off the week by reading a couple stories from a classroom fav...

As a review, the kiddos created Long O Toad books and Short O Frog books from a pattern I made. They absolutely loved this little craftivity! They turned out so cute...

We hit the ground running with Earth Day activities. We finished up our 'Give a HOOT' owls and they look super cute hanging in the hallway!
 I love how different they all turned out!

We're knee deep in my Earth Day Literacy pack.
{Which you can win by entering the giveaway- click here- for details}

After reading one of my all time favorites:
my students completed their first R.A.F.T. and knocked it out of the park!
Their Role was from the perspective of a Truffula Tree.
The Audience was the Onceler.
The Format was a letter.
And their Topic was, "Persuade the Onceler to stop cutting you down. Tell him how it makes you feel and why you are important."

You can get your free copy by clicking on the picture below! :)

Here's a sneak peek at next week's craftivity. We started it but we simply didn't have enough time to finish it. I can't wait to see how they turn out!
It's going to be a hybrid version of Cara and Teri's adorable craftivities.  Here's the inspiration if you can envision the final product...

Earth Day has lined up perfectly with our reading unit this month. Our comprehension story was Growing Green, a story packed full of everything you want to know about plants. Great non-fiction piece! As a follow up, the kiddos worked on sequencing a plant's growth process. I really heart foldables and so do my firsties!

Our math topic this week was a big scary beast called double digit subtraction. Ever heard of it? Every year I use the whole, "borrow from your neighbor" line... this year, I decided to take it a step further. I made the neighbor really look like a neighbor- and it was like *magic*...they got it! PTL! Who knew 6 little lines could make that big scary beast run and hide? Why didn't I think of this sooner?! I'll be doing this every year. Would it help your little people too? I plan to make practice sheets for my class to include a little neighbor- would you use them if I posted it?

Well, I think that's about it peeps. I'm hoping to have a brand new, sweet, tiny niece on Monday so I'll be back to brag about how cute I know she's going to be!! ;) I can't wait to meet her!

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to enter our giveaway- your little people will thank you!


  1. Wow- DOUBLED overnight?! Teach us your bloggy magic!!! Congrats!

    I like the little "roof"- I've never thought of that! Thanks for the freebie, too!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  2. I just found your blog! Such cute ideas!


  3. Cute! Cute! Cute! Love your blog! I am your newest follower. Stop by and visit me sometime. I am a new blogger also.
    Classroom Companion

  4. Yay for the followers!! I love the hybrid Earth Day activity!!
    We're going to do your Give a Hoot project this week!! :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  5. Yes, I'd use this with my daughter! Love it!

  6. I love your Frog and Toad project. Would you be willing to share your patterns? Thanks so much!

  7. Did you make the subtraction sheets with the house on them? It's brilliant!


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