Happy Friday, friends. My fall break is coming to an end. I am so refreshed and ready to hit the ground running. These days are just what this first-year teacher needed! On Sunday, I’ll share some of the changes that will be happening in Room 201 in this second quarter.
One of the best parts of Fall Break…scarf weather! :) It makes my heart oh-so-happy.
My hometown now has a Half Price Book Outlet. I have been to Half Price Book stores before, but nothing compares to the outlet version! Just about everything was $1 and even hard-back books were $2-$3. This store just opened Wednesday, so Mom and I visited. Have I ever mentioned I am a book addict? Well, how could I resist? 54 books for $54 (with my 10% teacher discount), and 12 of them are hardback! Plus, they are ALL books my kiddos love to read – Gordon Korman, 39 Clues, James Patterson, Mike Lupica, Al Capone. *Swoon my teacher heart* Please do not worry, I am going to introduce these books over the course of 4-5 weeks, so they can all have a chance to sit in our very special New Arrivals container. :)
If it is the only thing I do this week, my 5th grade friends will learn how to properly use a comma. We will, we will, we will. Our comma scoot is printed and ready to go. Why do I love scooting? My kiddos get oodles of practice in ~30 minutes and they think it is a race/game-bahahaha. Oh sweet, fifth graders. :)
Have you ever heard of Read Works? Jen from Hello Mrs. Sykes talked about this amazing site last week, and this week I went exploring! Wow, wow, wow. In 5th grade, I spend a ton of my time looking for grade-level appropriate articles to read, analyze, and practice with. This site is totally FREE and has hundreds of articles organized by Lexile level and skill. Each article also has an accompanying set of questions that are based on the skill the article focused on – summarizing, main idea, inference, compare and contrast, set, theme, and SO many more. They mostly have non-fiction articles, but the articles range from K-12. I am in LOVE and had to share.
The Thursday before Fall Break, my dear friend who is a Baltimore Teacher for America, sent me this poem. So overwhelmed, it was just what I needed and a sweet reminder of how much I love teaching.
Well, friends. Make sure to stop by 5 for Friday to see what is going on in classrooms and teachers’ lives all around the country/world. Happy day!