Five For Friday: January 17th

Whoo - Hoo! Teacher Workday! I love having a day in my room to not only finish up report cards but also to organize. I have been shocked this year (since I thought I was fairly well organized) at how many things I couldn't find when I went looking :(

So, with just four days this week we were pretty busy. It was our Literacy Week, so lots of extra things going on for that; I'll share three of those:

Favorite books were chosen! Each class voted for their favorite and it was posted on our Media Center door. My class chose Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

We had Book Character dress up day. Here are some of my kids; note the boys as Greg from Wimpy Kid! The girl in the black dress is holding her tablet -- she is reading Romeo and Juliet on it and dressed up as Juliet.

Guest readers from various walks of life came to read a book -- and our principal announced that it was pajama day for everyone! My guest reader was the head of the Media and Instructional Technology department. He shared "Knots on a Counting Rope" with the kids.

I got to spend this past Saturday at this wonderful event -- Share Fair came to Orlando this year.


I attended sessions on Flipped Classrooms, Prezi (Death to Powerpoint) and a Math and Science session from the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. I consider a conference a success if I get something from each session that I can use right away in my classroom -- and this one was a success.

We have learned a lot about maps during second quarter, so for our culminating project I had students make a 3D map of their neighborhood. Here are a couple great ones that came in:


  1. I love Book Character Dress up Day! I am counting down until March for ours! Love that your little girl is taking on reading Romeo and Juliet!

    Teaching with Grace

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    1. Thanks! I only teach SS to my homeroom, and when my other students saw these some of them said they were going to beg their teacher to let them do this :)

  3. Hi Julie! Found you through Doodle Bug's Linky! After reading about our guest readers, I think I need to do that!! It is something so simple yet very powerful for kids to see how other adults they know love reading!

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees

  4. We do this every year! Our literacy team recruits the guest readers. We have also done this where teachers just went into other classrooms to read also.


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