Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Freebie...and More!!

Happy Friday!

We had a half day today. We did some School Improvement and a little grade level planning.  We're gearing up for the Common Core.  I'm still a little like, "huh?" about this whole Common Core deal, but I'm sure it will come together.  I'm so happy I have all of you to help me out!!!

I got my hair did today too.  My hairdresser probably thought I divorced her.  We've been together for about 14 years.  She spiffed me up for my first teaching interview, my wedding and two babies.  I came real close to looking for somebody a little closer to home but I just couldn't do it.  We've been together too long and I can't leave her.  I needed that cut something awful.  That's the one thing that falls off my plate when I'm feeling crazy busy.  I love a fresh cut though.

I'm sure those of you who are still teaching are spending some time reviewing different concepts.  We've been having fun reviewing word wall words.  Here are a few ideas.  Some I do whole group, with partners and as independent Word Work centers in Daily 5. 

In the pack you'll find:

Rivet - Partners
Wordo - Whole Group.  Students choose any nine words from the word wall.  Teacher calls out random words.  When a student gets three in a row they yell out "WORDO".  In order to win, student must be able to read each word they've covered.  Play several times and have kids switch boards.
Word Search - Daily 5 Work on Words.  Students choose word search to fill in.  Once they've filled it in, they place in a designated basket for others to take during Daily 5 to find the words they've hidden.

I also send home this word wall template each trimester and then again at the end of the school year. I attach one to our class website at the end of each trimester for the kids to download and print off for at-home practice.  I'm attaching it as a Word document so you can add your words.  If the font is funky you can always change it to one of yours or make sure you have "Doodle Tipsy" and "Wish You Were Taller".

I found this template somewhere on the internet years ago and tweaked it - if it's yours let me know and THANKS!!!!
Have you entered my giveaway {HERE}? Learning Resources is going to give one of you a Luna Interactive Projection Camera for FREE!!!!!  You've got to take a minute to enter. You've just gotta! Winner will be chosen sometime Sunday evening!!!!

I know you've all been super busy, boy do I know it, but I have got to tell you that we've been listening to the ABC songs that Have Fun Teaching is giving away for bloggers who blog about them and at a discount for others, and my kids CANNOT get enough of them. Right now we're reviewing the vowels, but just for fun will listen to the others.  I can't wait to start my year off with them next year!!!!

Looking forward to a gorgeous Michigan weekend...hope you have a good one too!


  1. I love WORDO! I play it in my guided reading groups too. :)

    I'm having a big TPT giveaway at my blog--come & check it out!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Love your freebies. I keep a "blog notebook" for all of the great ideas I get and the sites I get them from...wrote these fun games down. This helps me when my teaching friends ask about the ideas I am using. Thanks!

  3. Getting ready to sink my teeth into Common Core, too. Good luck!

    Glad you were able to get your hair did...I need to get mine did, too. Badly!


    Fun in Room 4B

  4. I wish I could get my hair "did"! hehehe. I have naturally curly hair and there are NOT many stylists that can manage. The last "professional" cut I got was in 6th grade! After I had my hair actually shaped into a mushroom on my head I swore I would do my own hair from then on...LOL!!

    I have been dying for something new, but my hair takes too long to grow to chance it...maybe next year...or not.

    Thank you for sharing your ideas!!

    The 3AM Teacher
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  5. oooo...thank you so much Holly! I can't wait to try these!!

  6. Just found your adorable blog and now I'm following!!


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog
    My TpT Store

  7. Thanks for the freebies. I'm always looking for more word activities. I'm a new follower. Stop by my blog for a visit sometime.
    Stories by Storie

  8. I still going to the same hair dresser that gave me my first hair cut!!! She has seen me grow up and get married. When I tell people they can't believe it! I don't know that I do sometimes! I hope you have a great weekend!!

    1. Awwww, that's cute - you could never leave her, could you!?!!?!

      The weather is perfect here in Michigan right now...Happy Sunday!

  9. Thanks for the comment Holly! I'm your newest follwer! Love your fun blog!
    The Caffeinated Classroom


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