Five for Friday!

Let’s kick this holiday weekend off right! We are linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for a little five for Friday fun!!

Have you ever read a book that has just hooked your kiddos? A favorite that they just read over and over again? The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg was that book for us this week! We are currently reading the books that are up for the children’s choice award. We rotate them through the primary classrooms so the kiddos can hear them. Well, one day we didn’t have one so I pulled out The Stranger. Let me tell you…these kiddos spent the ENTIRE week trying to figure out WHO this stranger was. I heard everything from a Shepard to a farmer to a cousin. They were rotating this book trying to guess who he was and why they thought that. It was AWESOME! You know…a lot of times I wonder, ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME????? Then they get a book like this and all the stuff we have been working on just pours out of their mouths. AH-MAZING!

We have been lucky this week and had some pretty decent weather days. This is my baby, well not so much anymore, playing some baseball. This boy is 18 months and when he went outside to play, this boy started climbing the ladder to the slide BY HIMSELF! What happened to my little baby boy?!?!?! They grow SO FAST!
Okay you guys…this is my girl. She’s 4…FOUR! Her preschool had their Valentine’s party on Wednesday. When her daddy was picking her up from school one of the mom’s came up to him and said that when she took her little boy to pick out presents for the teachers, he REALLY wanted to get a flower for Em. She was the ONLY one he got a flower for. They are FOUR. This CANNOT be happening. Now she tells me she is going to MARRY him!!!! WHAT?!?!?!?!? Insert freak out mom moment! HA!
You know how sometimes you are in the middle of teaching and one of those kiddos just pipes up with something that throws you off track? We were getting ready to work on our writing and I was going through the papers and telling the kiddos who’s paper I already had. Then this happened…
Picture me…DYING…TEARS ROLLING! How can you not laugh at that???? A second grader that inserted that at just the right time?!?!?! HILARIOUS!

When we started our TPT and blogging adventure we really wanted to create products that WE needed. We figured if we need them at our school, then other people might need them too. We work at a very different school…we have a very high population of English Language Learners and also a very high population of low income families. This means we have a wide range of reading levels in our classroom. We wanted our kiddos to be able to ALL read the same story but at their own level. That way when we had a discussion they ALL had information to share. This led us to our passage sets.

These kiddos are all working on the same passage, all about George Washington, but the levels of the text are different. Each set we have has passages like this, at level A to I. I LOVE to use these in groups, like the picture, but I have also used them for assessments and whole class discussions. Plus, the text dependent questions are all the same. So the kiddos can answer them no matter what level of passage they have.

Here are our February passage sets…

We also have winter themes and polar animals. We hope that everyone that uses them finds them as helpful as we do.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! For us, the kiddos are off tomorrow and then we are all off Monday and Tuesday. Let’s hope for some rest and a re-charge!


  1. JD's Firsties
    February 13, 2015 / 10:14 am

    I love the leveled passages… It's great when everyone can read the same passage at their own level!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      February 16, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Thank you!!

  2. Liveloveserveteach
    February 13, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Love the Jake from State Farm comment. That's a classic! Tyson is getting so big!!!! I can't believe it. I had a similar valentine situation on this end. Oh dear! What are we in for?? Happy Friday! Looking forward to facetiming you tomorrow!
    Joya 🙂

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      February 16, 2015 / 10:22 pm

      When did these girls get to be that age??? You know Em's is blonde haired and blue eyed. I tell you, ever since she hung out with those boys she has loved the blond haired, blue eyed ones! Miss you!

  3. Carol Davis
    February 13, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    The Jake from State Farm cracks me up! I love Chris van Allsburg! I am not as familiar with The Stranger, but here's another one for your kids to solve- The Wretched Stone! It's about a ship that brings a large stone aboard and then lots of weird things begin to happen. In the end you don't know what the stone might be, but you can get your kids to speculate. It's pretty fascinating! Try it!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      February 16, 2015 / 10:23 pm

      Thanks Carol! I will definitely get that book! I love these good books that really make them think:)

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