Happy Friday friends!! We made it to Friday! Finally! Let’s celebrate by linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a little Five for Friday fun!
My husband has been in training all week, which has been a big bummer! He has a rotating schedule so generally he has at least two days off during the week. This makes daycare for the kiddos pretty easy! But due to some daycare issues this week, I got to take a day off to be with my kiddos. Yay for me! We’ve also been lucky to have some extra warm weather the first part of the week which made it even better 🙂
We are gearing up to start our final DRA testing for the year! This means we are spending the week before reviewing some things, such as writing retells. We are using some good books this time but I think The Invisible Boy is my favorite. It’s such a great story and ALL of the kiddos can make some sort of connection to it. They also can pick out the lesson pretty easily. If you are looking for a skill review book, I highly recommend it!
We work in a very low-income area. Generally, we don’t get things from the kiddos for teacher appreciation. Honestly, I don’t want anything anyway. I would much rather have my families use their money on something else more important. But, I do LOVE handwritten cards and things that are made for me! This year I got some beautiful paper flowers and I LOVE them!
Well, it’s the time of year that we are magically starting to forget all the class expectations that we have had all year. So, we started team points. Let me tell you how awesome my kiddos are…I have a fascination with sharks. They are my favorite animal and my kiddos know this. So, I told them that they need to come up with team names. My only rule was their name had to be an animal that lives in the ocean, because we are going to be starting our ocean unit in a week. WELL…these awesome kiddos ALL picked different types of sharks for their team names!! They are a group after my own heart!
Then I made these group signs and I just escalated to the coolest teacher ever…
Like I said, we are getting ready to start our oceans unit. This unit will take us to the end of the year. I like to use these passages during my guided reading time. It’s a great way to start learning some of the vocabulary and to give some more background knowledge about the ocean. It has all sorts of topics including the ocean zones, tide pools, etc. Each topic has 6 levels, a – i. I teach second, so this is perfect for my lower group of kiddos. I also use them with my higher kiddos because they come with text dependent questions. They are perfect to practice locating information in a text because the higher kiddos don’t have to focus on the text difficulty. Click HERE to check them out!
I hope that you all have a fantastic weekend and that all the end of the year countdowns move quickly!