Five For Friday

Hello friends!  You know what I like better than ice cream and Starbucks?  Fridays!  And here it is, Friday again. Yay!  Thank you Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting Five For Friday. Here’s our five fun events from this week.

This girl!  L.O.V.E!!  This is my granddaughter and Lindsey’s daughter.  She is our oldest grandbaby and she turned 6 this week! Ack! SIX!  I can’t even stand it.  How do they grow so fast?  We had so much fun at her birthday party, and then we went….girls only….to have lunch at the American Girl’s Bistro the following day.  What a great way to kick off the week!

The REAL Scaredy Squirrel….
You may have read the book Scaredy Squirrel, but he’s got nothing on this little guy.  We frequently have squirrels at school….in school….around school….pretty much everywhere.  They have been known to get up in the ceiling, come in the doors and visit, snack on apple cores thrown in the outside garbage cans…and just have a great time at school. They’re kind of our unofficial mascot.  This little guy….a baby….got scared by all those scary monsters… know the kind with two legs that walk all around the school all day.  So he climbed the walls of the center stairwell and got stuck up on the ledge under the glass roof.  Oh boy did that stir things up around school!  Hopefully, he will figure out how to get down tonight when everyone is gone.  Poor little guy!

What have you heard about the weather in Washington?  Well, just to set you straight…this is what the weather is like in Washington….and it all happened this week!  I’m ready for flip-flop-everyday weather, aren’t you?  Don’t tell me if you already have that…it would just make me sad.  🙁

Fifth Graders!!!! Don’t you love them? This week we read the book “Plastiki” about an environmentalist who built a boat out of 12000 plastic milk cartons and sailed the world.  He wanted to bring awareness to the HUGE issue of plastic floating garbage in the ocean, and what it is doing to sea life.  Did you know that there are at least five HUGE…miles and miles long….floating garbage clumps in the oceans?  True!  Well the kiddos in my 5th grade groups have the problem solved. When they grow up, Mr. J is going to invent a huge ship with a scooper to go scoop all that garbage out of the ocean. Miss B and Miss S are going to go into marketing.  They are going to let the whole world know of this problem.  Isn’t that cool?  Just love it when kids get so passionate about making a difference in our world.  We highly recommend “Plastiki” by the way.  It’s a great book!

And finally this week, I am getting things ready for next week by prepping leveled passages sets.  In intervention groups we try to support what the classroom teachers are doing as much as possible! So….I’m using these leveled passage sets a lot.  They are on topics that the primary teachers typically teach, they have 6 different guided reading levels…and they all have the same vocabulary!  So I can teach the vocabulary to everyone, but everyone can read about the topic at their own level.  Makes life so much easier and reading instruction so much more effective.  Love them!

That’s all from our little corner of the world.  I’m off to read your posts and see what you all have been up to! Have a great weekend and here’s hoping for flip flop weather!



  1. Carolyn Kisloski
    April 29, 2016 / 11:40 am

    I love your posts! And OH that squirrel! Real life literacy at its best! Have a great weekend.

  2. 2 Literacy Teachers
    April 30, 2016 / 2:52 am

    Hi Carolyn! That's the best kind of literacy connection, right? Thanks so much for connecting with us! Have a great weekend! 🙂

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