Five For Friday

Okay, okay…I know we haven’t had a post in awhile…a really long time…but what better way to solve that problem then with a Five for Friday!!!!

Now, we have officially started school again…insert sad face. SO, that means I have been super tired, even though I’ve only officially been back for 2 days…I get tired REALLY easily. Some people say it’s called “aging”….I say it’s called “two small children.” So here is a mix of school and personal to ease us all back into the school mode!

It’s the end of August which is one of my favorite months because that is when we have our local state fair!! I LOVE the fair! I have gone every year since as long as I can remember. Want to know my favorite reason for the fair???????

It’s the PURPLE COW people!!!! This is the most delicious drink! It is like a root beer float BUT it’s with blackberry ice cream, blackberry syrup and 7up. It’s DELICIOUS!!!!

Here’s another gem from our fair trip.

This is the petting zoo. It’s a pen that has all these animals wandering around. Goats, pigs, deer…it’s pretty cool…until this goat knocks you over…not fun! Good thing I rebounded gracefully…I hope. Here we are with a goat, which Tyson was not a big fan of. In fact, he wasn’t a big fan of the whole place. Maybe he will enjoy it next year. Em LOVED it! This is surprising because she’s over dramatic and scares easily with extra dramatic flair! I don’t know where it comes from. I blame my husband. Nope. Not from me. Stop thinking that!

I am ALWAYS looking for new readalouds. I LOVE Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlotte’s Web. Those are two that I read EVERY year. I love, love, love Charlotte’s Web because every year I cry, which I don’t love, BUT my kiddos are always amazed by how the book affects me, which in turn shows them the power of a good book. At least that’s what I tell myself. I know I’m right about it. Right? Anyway, this year our librarian found this new book and he said it was SO GREAT which is why I’m sharing it with you. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but it’s by Kevin Henkes so how can it NOT be good?
If you have read this book I would love to hear your feedback. Like I said, I’m always looking for new readalouds and our librarian assures me that this is a great one. Check it out!

Question: Do you use differentiated literacy centers with your students? I’m late to this super awesome idea!! Now, I am not a huge fan of literacy centers that can only be used once. I hate spending time cutting all this stuff out, making sure to cut it SO nicely and label it just in case the pieces get messed up, for a one time use. YUCK! Then I hear the dreaded “Mrs. Sanchez we’ve already done this,” or they get done so fast that I hear the even worse “I’m done!” No thank you! We have an hour block in our schedule dedicated to reading groups, intervention groups and independent work. N.O.T. F.U.N. It’s great for the kids that are in group, I mean talk about growth! It can be horrible for the independent workers. Now, up until recently I broke this time up. They spent 25 minutes reading to self and working on a response, then they worked on spelling, then they moved on to partner reading or listen to reading. This works great. But I wanted more. More challenge. More differentiation. More interaction with the text. Insert: Margo Southall. Hello awesome!!! This is what I have been looking for! 

I mean, let me tell you. Awesomeness wrapped up in a book! Maybe I’m behind the times, but this is just so great. Minimal prep, working with texts at their level, choice, engagement…just awesome. That’s all I have to say about that.

Finally, I am mostly done with my room. I have been so inspired by all these great posts and all these cute rooms. Mine seems a little bare but that will change when the kiddos come and the posters and projects go up. Here’s a look.

You know when you think “YES! That’s such a great picture!” Guess what? This one isn’t. Talk about blurry! But, it’s the best one I have. The sign across the top says “masterpieces” and I put it there because this board is big. I am 6 feet tall and I have to stand on top of this bookshelf to put stuff on it and I don’t want to do that. Sounds like a great way to fall and crack my head open. I’ll pass. Hence, the generic sign that I can leave up forever and ever and just change the art. Genius, huh? I know that’s what you were thinking:)

Now this isn’t a picture of my classroom BUT I am proud of it. Technically it’s FOR the class so it should fit under this category right?

This is my parent handbook!!! I am pretty sure when I was making it the copy machine said to me “Lindsey I am going to jam every paper you put in here.” It took FOREVER to copy. I mean forever…for three pages…ridiculous. This is why I am so proud of it. I am not a huge technology person but I figured out how to format this book. I am really proud of the fact that when you lift each flap you have english AND spanish! HA!! I am pretty proud that I figured out how to format that part correctly. Now, you may notice that I had to write the b, e and h on behavior. I don’t want to talk about it. It was the copy machine. I told you it was out to get me. No way is that user error.

Finally, this week was national dog day. Did you miss it? The only way I knew about it was from my mom. Let’s just say she’s a little dog obsessed so she’s on top of all this stuff. She already shared with you her three ginormous beasts of dogs, so now it’s my turn.

Meet Daxter and Gracie.

This is Daxter.

This is Gracie.

They are both rescues. Gracie DOES NOT like the camera. If you take a camera out and put it on the table, she will run away. If you hold your phone up like you are taking picture, she will run away. The fact that I got these pictures of her is a miracle. The power of a Scooby snack. Daxter is a pit bull/boxer mix and Gracie is a Shepard/retriever mix. Daxter is the baby of the family. He is very emotional. Like, weirdly human style emotional. He puts himself in time out. He pouts. He has to sleep under the blankets. Gracie on the other hand is the sneaky one who causes the trouble. BUT, I love them and they are my furry babies.

I am off to enjoy my last three day weekend before I go back to work. I hope you all have a great weekend!!


  1. Positively Learning
    August 29, 2014 / 9:54 am

    BLACKBERRY ice cream?!? Where do you live? I'll be there next year 🙂
    Thanks for the book suggestion! The classroom pics looks fantastic!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 29, 2014 / 4:22 pm

      It is seriously the MOST delicious thing in the world!!! We live in Washington, North of Seattle. I promise it would be worth the trip! Thanks:)

  2. Kelly Daniel
    August 29, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    I have to say that I love absolutely ALL of your fives. I haven't been to a state fair since I was a kid so I can definitely relate to the excitement of one…so jealous! Your classroom looks great. I'm loving the bright colors and how organized it looks 🙂 you're off to a great start!

    Sliding Into Second Grade

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 29, 2014 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you!!!!

  3. Colleen Noffsinger
    September 5, 2014 / 2:52 am

    You have an adorable classroom! I also own and have used the book Differentiated Literacy Centers with my students. I'm headed to the IRC in October and the author of that book, Margo Southall, will be there. I'll get to meet her in person! So, it looks as if you're new to the blogging community as of July, yes? If so, that's when our blog started, too! We're Literacy Loving Gals. My partner and I are both Reading Specialists. It's great to meet other literacy teachers! We'll follow you on Bloglovin. 🙂
    Literacy Loving Gals

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