Freebie Friday...a day late.

You'll have to forgive me. I had all intentions of posting this yesterday, but the word crazy doesn't begin to describe yesterday. I'll give you a little recap.

Started the day with an hour long meeting about a firstie's recommended retention. Not easy. I'm sure you can imagine the tension at the table. I don't like these kinds of meetings. 

Fast forward an hour to a bully prevention puppet show for our grade level which cheered me up, followed immediately by lunch {which of course I worked straight through cause I had to gather extra data copies from the above said meeting to send home}.

My kiddos were CR.A.ZY in the lunch room so we had to have a lil class meeting followed by a spelling test and our reading assessment {since the puppet show was during our reading block}.

We raced to PE so my team and I could organize placement cards for next year's classes. Thank goodness that only took 30 minutes {we pre-tagged our kiddos with colored post it notes for: ESE, ESOL, Behavior, and Possible Retention}
We quickly sorted high, average, below and girl/boy ratios and moved right along.

After special areas we had a math assessment followed by a science lesson {PTL it wasn't another assessment, or there may have been a riot in my room} and I was glad to actually teach something for the day. Most Friday's aren't like this, it just happened to line up that way.

I had a meeting after school about our upcoming annual carnival and then raced out the door to an appointment. 

A serious man hunt began for the perfect dress because our end of the year banquet is semi formal/formal {kill me now}. The banquet is tonight and I came home empty handed yesterday. You know what I'll be doing today.

So, looong story short. I wanted to do a little freebie Friday fun yesterday but it just wasn't in the cards as you can see. So let's ignore the play on words and have fun anyway!!

The past few weeks our reading unit has been focused on homes. How homes are made, different home styles, animal homes, people homes, homes around the world, materials homes can be made out of get the picture.
My little people LOVE the non-fiction text! Kudos to Imagine It for that!

We started the unit by creating homes...I was brave enough to let them do it WITHOUT a pattern.
My poor classroom floor. *shudder*
 Our custodians probablly cursed us, but they turned out really great! Each one was so different!
Once the kiddos were finished I had them compare their family's home to the home they created.

This week we focused on the White House. We started with a little anchor chart of schema. The blue information is what they knew before we read the story. The red information is what learned as we read.
Then I offered bonus points for independent additional/research information. I want my students to get a better understanding of the vast knowledge that's at their fingertips...beyond our reading series. As students came to me with more information they had gathered we added it to the chart in yellow. All week long they were itching to go to the library or get online and "google it".
It was exactly what I'd hoped for!
We used the anchor chart to help us sort facts and opinions.
They worked in groups to record their answers on this sheet.
Click the picture to grab your free copy!
We also did a little comparing and you can have that free download too!
Just click on the picture.

Have a great weekend! I'm off to hit the stores...this girl is on a mission! Come back tomorrow for my super cute end of the year gift {freebie}... I'll give you a little clue...
it goes with my FAVORITE candy!
{there's a non-candy alternative too!!} Don't miss it!


  1. Wow! This looks great! I wish I could draw like you! I just love your anchor chart and the worksheets. THanks for sharing!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  2. I so just "pinned" this. We do a Home Sweet Home Unit in the winter and this is a perfect (and much needed) addition. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  3. Thanks for leaving some blogger love on my blog! I'm your newest follower! :)

    A Pirates Life for Us

  4. Oh how I wish we had placement cards. I seem to always get stuck with the students that are low performers and others get students with behavior issues. The classes just aren't equal.

    I love your White House Chart. Super Cute!


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