Saturday, May 25, 2013


Our school system adopted a new reading series - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Journeys! I was so excited when my assistant principal presented me with my copies. 

I am making literacy units for each of the lessons and have finished the first one. I just can not get out of "school mode." It takes me a few weeks.

These literacy units may look similar to the literacy units I have written for the Reading Street series, but I did have to change the skills for the literacy centers and the story maps for the books.
I will be making these this summer but I do not plan to blog about them, so if you are interested in these units, please follow me at TpT to know when they are listed.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Frog Day

Many years ago, when I was in college, my mom taught third grade and she had a Watermelon Day. The students wrote about watermelons, did art projects about them, measured watermelons, and had a watermelon seed spitting contest. I remember the excitement at our house as she prepared for that day.

This school year we had an Apple Day and a Pumpkin Day. On Friday, our Field Day was postponed due to rain and I had to quickly create some lessons for the next day. I decided to do a "theme day" and the students would participate in activities that involve learning about frogs. We read Frog and Toad stories, made frog puppets, and discussed the life cycle of frogs.

In order for it to truly be a theme day I needed a math lesson that included the song "Five Green and Speckled Frogs".  So the students used 5 green linking cubes and pretended the cubes were frogs on a log and removed the cubes from the log as we sang the song, We used one green cube to jump up and down the numberline to solve problems. I needed a math page and could not find one so I made this page before school. The students drew frogs on and off the log, added scenery and then completed the word problem below. Here is the link to the Frog Math page (free).

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chair Baskets

I received an email requesting more information about my chair baskets. I took some photographs to help explain how they are attached (the chairs are upside down on a table). I purchased the baskets at the Dollar Tree and I tried many ways to attach them including magnets, velcro and then eventually tying them with satin ribbon (less stretchy). The next year, mom suggested that my dad use a drill to make holes in the bottom and then attach them with plastic zip ties. These photos show how to attach them. Check the Classroom Photos above to see what they look like at the tables. The students keep their school supply boxes, dry erase boards and writing journals in them.
Here is a photo of my mom's baskets. She ordered her baskets from Really Good Stuff. They have slits so you would not need to drill holes in them.

We are in our last full week of school and we will be reading the book Animal Homes by Angela Wilkes. These are the writing activities we will do with this book.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Free Memory Book

I enjoy spending the last day of school reminiscing and celebrating the school year by creating a memory book. I have finished making mine and here is the link if you would like a copy! 

Thursday, May 2, 2013


This week we are reading Building Beavers and the students have many opportunities to write about what they have learned about beavers!

Next week we are reading The Night Worker and writing about day and night activities.

I have finished these Literacy Units and Math Centers and they are at TpT.
The Day and Night Literacy Unit and Math Centers are perfect to use with the book The Night Worker.

These next few weeks are so busy with Art in the Schools Night, our Kindergarten Music Program and Field Day. I have a great math lesson and freebie to post soon!
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