Five for Friday (1/6/17)


Hey, y'all! Happy first Friday of the new year! It seems like it has been forever since I've blogged. To say that this school year has been challenging would be an understatement. But it's 2017 and time for fresh starts, right? 

The first thing we're going to freshen up this year is our reading block. My new school district has a scripted reading program that…ahem…has room for improvement. My lovely principal gave me the ok to rework how it's utilized. WOO HOO!!! So we're turning the whole group lessons into literacy center style guided reading. 

To kick things off, we'll be using these fabulous resources found on Teachers Pay Teachers:


I love these flexible options from Chalk & Apples! I can rotate them out as often as needed and my 3rd graders should have no trouble reading them and knowing what to do. The best part is they can be used for ANY LIST!


And these are hands down some of the best writing center options out there. Mel D-Seusstastic covered everything!

We'll also be using Storyline Online and Raz Kids for listening to reading. What do you use for listening to reading? Do you have a listening center or do you use an online program? Let me know in the comments below.
I also felt our standard read and respond homework wasn't getting us very far, so we're revising that, too. I have several class sets of books in my classroom that I wanted some open-ended book study options for, so I made this:

I hate the idea of buying individual book studies for every novel we read, so I created this one to be used with just about any chapter book. Pages can be kept in an interactive notebook, and since you can use it over and over again, students will be familiar with the formatting. I find when my students have the same format consistently, they focus more on the content and less on what they're "supposed to do."

Students can keep track of which pages or chapter they need to read and when, they can summarize the story in multiple ways, they can identify cause and effect and problem and solution, and they can keep track of character traits, make connections, and identify key details. 

Included in this set are files for spiral notebooks and composition books, so you could use either. I can't wait to get started with this this spring. It will be a GAME CHANGER for us!

For everyone needing to review some skills this winter, I've created some freebies to get you going as well. Just click on the picture to take you there.

Also for the new year, I became a Perfectly Posh consultant. What's Perfectly Posh? It's a line of bath and body products designed to pamper. Everything is made with all natural ingredients (no sulfates or parabens here!) and everything I've tried feels ah-mazing!

So, because I teach, one of the first things I tried was the Impish Eyes and the Never Grow Up face cream. (Cause you know teaching makes you tired!) They cost about the same as the drugstore brands but I can actually SEE the difference in my appearance. The best part of all of it is that EVERYTHING is less than $25. Everyone deserves a little pampering, and for under $25, it's a steal! If you choose to check it out, find me at

And finally, we are down to the last few days of winter break here. We got out for Christmas on the 22nd, so we don't return until the 9th. It's been snowing for days here, so we've been enjoying lazy days at home. The Blue Elephant just reopened their store after Christmas and I plan to do lots of online shopping. Their Autism tee is just too sweet to pass up!

Well there you have it friends. I hope you had a wonderful winter break and a fabulous holiday. Thanks for stopping by! Now head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun. 
Have a fabulous Friday!

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