Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Peek At My Week and a FREEBIE!

Happy September!  I cannot lie though...September is like the official close to summer in my mind and that makes me sad.  But - I have these exciting things to look forward to this week!
I am linking up with Jennifer at Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for her new (well, second week) and totally fun linky party!  I somewhat recently discovered Jennifer's blog and I have been having a blast reading her posts, particularly because she lives just minutes away from the small town where I grew up (and about 45 minutes from where I currently live).  I really enjoy seeing pictures of familiar places on other teachers' blogs.  What fun!
Anyway, here we go...
I mentioned in my previous blog post that my sweet hubby is taking me to go see my favorite band, Collective Soul, tonight down in Illinois for an early birthday present.  I am just a teeny, weeny bit excited to put on this t-shirt and rock with these handsome dudes.

My FIRST ever student teacher will be joining me on Tuesday!  I have stocked up here and there on little teacher-related gifts to eventually pass on to a future student teacher.  Well - now I finally get to share them!  I plan to give her one small gift and a teaching tip once a week for the 10 weeks she is with me.

I have always wanted to teach our district targets through author studies because there is so much you can do.  Well that is exactly what I will be doing with my small group of 2nd graders this year.  Yay!  We are starting with Kevin Henkes in September because 1) many of his books are great for back to school and 2) he grew up in Racine, WI which is where I teach!
At the end of each author study (so monthly), the students will get to select a cumulative project to complete, which will be my summative assessment of the author study.  If you are able to use these Author Study Choice Boards (there are two) in your classroom, please visit my TPT store to snag this FREEBIE!
I pull two small groups (all BOYS again this year) of 5th graders every other day.  Their homeroom teacher asked me to focus on Writing this year.  No problem!  I love to teach Writing.  I especially LOVE Figurative Language, so that is the unit I will be starting with with these guys.
I did a Figurative Language unit with some high level 4th grade students last year and this was one of their favorite activities:
1 - First, we listened to the song "Everything At Once" by Lenka.  (I warn you - this song will get stuck in your head.  But it was great because my students were singing it all the time!)  This song is just packed with similes!
2 - Then, we completed a Cloze Exercise.  I gave them a copy of the lyrics with some of the words missing; the students listened to the song again (and again) and filled in the missing words.
3 - Finally, we located and discussed all of the similes in the song.  Lots of fun, I tell ya!
I am looking forward to do this activity again with my 5th graders this year!

Friday will be my LAST birthday in my 20's.  How is that possible!?  *sigh*  Well, I guess I am going to enjoy each of those 365 days.  Anyway, my favorite cereal is Reese's Puffs, so I will be making these yummy muffins for my students as my birthday treat to them!
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to link up with Jennifer!  :)


  1. OH MY GOODNESS...You teach in Racine??? I live in Bristol. My husband works in Racine. How funny....The big world of the internet and we are so close.

    I love your "Peek" buttons! I may do that next week for my own post. I have been debating on using days of the week but in case I don't have something one day or too many things on another, it could get repetitive.

    Thanks for linking up neighbor! :v)

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

    1. Hehe, yes I teach on the north side of Racine - very close to the zoo. :) I love the way my "Peek" buttons kept my post organized. Ya know, I just have to have organization!! Thanks for the birthday wish!

  2. I don't think we have those yummy Reeses Puffs in Canada yet. I guess I need to take another trip to Watertown, NY! Thanks so much for the freebie. That will definitely come in handy.
    Grade 4 Buzz

    1. They also make Cinnamon Toast Crunch muffins, which are YUMMY! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I am SOOO jealous you are heading to a Collective Soul Concert! I got to see them a few years back and they have by far been the best concert I have ever been to!

    I love your author choice board! I know students love being able to choose what they do and put more effort into their work.

    Math Madness

    1. Yes - Collective Soul always puts on a great concert! Last night, though, we got rained out one hour into the show. It was such a bummer! We drove 4 hours (round trip) for 1 hour of music. Oh well - that's how the cookie crumbles, I guess. :/ Thanks for stopping by my little 'ole blog!


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