Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Linkys and Freebies! :)

Happy Friday Friends!  I am linking up with TEACHING MADDENESS and DOODLEBUGS TEACHING for their Friday linkys. ( Stick around to the end of this post for 2 freebies!)

Well, I am home today....on snow day #13...yes, you read that right...13!! Thankfully anything after April 1st doesn't count against us, so we won't have to make today up. We had a ton of freezing rain and lots of wind last night. I snapped this pic of my backyard this morning when I got up. I'm not sure you get the full effect of the sheet of ice on our sidewalk in this pic. But still...this is April people! Gotta love living in Michigan.

Really we have had AWFUL weather all week...I am talking rain EVERY DAY. So you know what that means? Inside recess. EVERY. DAY. THIS. WEEK.  Those poor kids are so squirrely. They just NEED to get out. So we did some inside recess activities during their recess times a couple of those days...not the same as getting to choose what they do. But at least they got to move.

We've been working on our research report projects for FOREVER. Well this week we FINALLY finished our first copy of our report. I told them that when they were done writing and editing their first copy we would check out the mobile lap top lab and type on the laptops. You would have thought I said that when they finished writing they would get a million dollars. They were so excited!
This peanut worked SO hard on her editing. She was one of the first ones to start it, but was in the middle of the pack to get started on typing. I was SO proud of her.
I went to a conference for writing a couple of weeks ago. One of the things that the speaker talked about doing was cutting the writing organizer apart and pasting it onto a larger piece of construction paper for easier editing and revising. We did that with ours and it was SO much easier to read and find areas to focus on. Plus, by breaking it up, it was so much more visual for the peanuts on where to indent paragraphs. This little peanut is demonstrating how to cut and paste the organizer onto the construction paper. 


This week we used my School Store packet during Math Stations. I made it to practice rounding 2 and 3 digit numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. I really love how it came out. You can check it out HERE.

This is on my mini pocket chart ( that I scored at the Dollar Store! Holla!) .

Sunday I went bridesmaids dress shopping for my soon to be S.I.L.'s wedding to my brother in September. This is the dress I picked out. I love it. Buuuuut, I am definitely going to be working on my arms before then. Gotta tone those babies up! :)

 And now TWO freebies for you. We were supposed to watch The Lorax this afternoon and compare and contrast the movie and the book...that will be postponed now until next week. But this is the activity that I made to go with it.

You can get it HERE in my TPT store.

The other one that I have for you is part of my Earth Day packet that I am working on.

 You can get that HERE in my TPT store.

The packet that it is a part of *should* be done by Sunday and of course I will be giving copies away. Usually I give more away on my Facebook page. If you aren't following me on Facebook you can go HERE to do that. :)

Well, I am off to link up. Have a lovely Friday and a great weekend friends.


  1. Oh my word. I'm pretty sure I would not survive in Michigan!! :( Sure hope you get some better weather soon! Thanks for linking up!

    Teaching Maddeness

  2. OK, I feel kind of bad now about posting my picture of having my coffee poolside this morning! I grew up in Pennsylvania, though, so I can remember winters that seemed to drag on forever.
    I love the idea of cutting apart the writing graphic! I am going to try this for our next writing activity.
    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    Still Teaching After All These Years

  3. We've been drowning in research for a couple of weeks. If I let my students type them, it'd probably be another month! Good for your kids though! I can't believe you have had 13 snow days. I moved from CT to TX and every time there is a snow day back home, I'm jealous because we don't get any at all!

    Literacy Spark

  4. Thanks for stopping by ladies! :)

  5. Thanks for the freebies!! We usually have indoor recess for days at a time because it is too hot to go outside!! Usually I just let them have free time, but when we have a lot of days that prevents them from getting out their energy, we go onto Check it out!! It's pretty cool! :)


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