Five For Friday

Wow! What a week, am I right? I'll admit; I've had a really difficult time getting back into the blogging world. It's hard to keep up with everything! However, I like to link up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five For Friday linky party... Even if it's a Saturday.


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I'm actually writing this completely out of order, but I have to show you why this blog post is coming to you on a Saturday, rather than a Friday! Our school carnival was last night. My best friend and I ran the silly string booth and then the obstacle course after. The silly string booth is pretty fun, people. We also got silly stringed by some kids, which was not in the job description, but hey it's okay! They had fun and we had fun. Also, my bestie and I didn't really silly string one another. Okay, I sneak-attacked her at the end...

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This week was a week full of character. I didn't snap many pictures, but here are my firsties completing a main character flip book that you can find from my It's All About Character Pack! I am happy to say it is one of my most wishlisted items! 

We read Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, discussed Lilly's character traits, and then completed the flip books. They absolutely loved them!

 If you want a character freebie, click the picture below!

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My leader of the week gets to pick a stuffed animal to keep with him/her throughout the week. After all the kids left for the day, I spotted his little penguin friend was playing a balancing game! Haha, I just love it!

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 During our intervention time this week, I realized I had a student who needed additional help with sight words. So, I whipped up on-the-spot two second prep "game" to find a certain sight word and then circle it. He was the very first one to use our new little page protectors! These are one of the things that I asked for on my Donor's Choose project, Reading Is The "Write" Thing To Do. We have $140 left and I really hope we can get the rest funded some I can get my class these, dry erase boards, and erasers so we can practice sight words, handwriting, writing, etc. 

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Lastly, this is completely not school-related, but I was looking at our little baby, Sadie, the other day. The girl has grown so much since we brought her home in March. I miss how little she used to be!

 She is still only like 6 pounds, but goodness! Look at that sweet face on the left! I just love how small and tiny she used to be. And... How she would cuddle with me. Now, she is far too hyper to stay still when I want to cuddle, but at least she'll still snuggle with me sometimes when she wants to.

Have a good weekend! I am off to figure out a blogging schedule! :)

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Teaching Main Character! And A Freebie!

 I love teaching main character! Anyone else?

Raise your hand if you love Pete the Cat! 

{Me! Me! My hand is raised!}

Seriously, I don't know a normal person who does not enjoy a little Pete the Cat from time to time. Or all the time.

Anyway, I introduced main character, character traits, and supporting characters this week. 

My favorite part was that we read TWO Pete the Cat books. 

The first one we read was Pete The Cat Plays Ball. 


We then created this anchor chart:

The next day, we discussed Pete's character traits again and why we like Pete. Thankfully, I didn't have any students who don't like Pete. I think my heart would've broken just a small little bit! Then, we created our craft!

Aren't these the cutest things ever? They did a great job!
 Here are some little close-ups of my example for the kids:

To snag this craftivity, click the picture below!

Besides Pete the cat, here are some other activities we worked on for character:

We sorted character traits into the appropriate column on an anchor chart:

We also used these character cards to discuss the inside and outside traits of each one. My students really enjoyed this activity and especially liked the character, Ninja Nina!

We filled out little anchor charts about each one too!

 Here is what we have planned next week:

There are passages, graphic organizers, and this fun little craftivity:

This is all part of my brand new character unit! You can click on the picture below to check it out!

If you don't want to read Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, there's also a generic mouse template available!

Here's a little close-up of my Lilly I drew. I mean, is there a future clip artist coming your way? Haha, no there's not. I'm just kidding :)

You can pick up a little freebie by clicking the pictures below!

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Five For Friday!

Happy Friday!

I'm linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five For Friday linky party!

Seriously, happy Friday is right. Back to school has officially gotten to me. I made the mistake on Wednesday of saying how I haven't had any days where I feel like I'm going to fall asleep throughout the day. 

Then, Thursday came. Holy cow. I think a truck came and hit the energy right out of me! I am ridiculously exhausted! Ain't no tired like teacher tired!

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I taught my firsties all about main character and character traits this week. I had so much fun with this skill and created a unit to help myself teach it. I will upload it tomorrow and blog all about it, but until then... I will show you our Pete the Cats! This actually is available in my TPT store. 

First, we read Pete The Cat Plays Ball. Then, we discussed all of Pete's character traits and discussed why we all love Pete so much. The next day, we made these beauties:

 Ohmywordpeople. Seriously, I am in love. I pass by them in the hallway and just stare at them. They are so adorable. 

You can find this fun craftivity by clicking on the picture:
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Aren't best friends the greatest? I am lucky enough to work with my best friend. We actually began teaching on the same team our first year of teaching and that's how we met. Luckily, we completely hit it off and just have been inseparable the past five years. It's crazy how you can feel like you've been friends your entire life when... you haven't! Anyway, as you might know... I am gluten free. I was sad for my first fall as a gluten free lady because I love all baked goods, but especially PUMPKIN baked goods! Ohmyword. I've pinned a gazillion pumpkin GF recipes, but have yet to make them. 

Well, yesterday... She brought me this:

Holy yumminess. My best friend is better than your best friend.
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We've been working on number bonds this week in math. Well, our curriculum calls them math mountains, but you know what I mean. We created these little goodies today. I just made three circles on a Powerpoint page and gave each student a copy. They colored, cut, and glue and boom here's our little number bonds game. We worked on partners of 8 today. The kids loved it. I am thinking of laminating them so we can do this more, but we shall see!

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My baby girl is sad that I'm back at work everyday. Yesterday morning I sat on the bed to tie my shoes and she ran up and untied them. She's such a stinker, but I love her.

I also got some much needed snuggle time with my baby boy last night. This is what happens when your computer dies and you left your camera cord at school. You actually get snuggles! And then you decide to take some selfies. These have been way overdue.

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Last, but not least... Wednesday is Talk Like A Pirate Day and you know... I'll use any excuse to celebrate something fun! I've been prepping some pirate fun from my All About Pirates unit. Here are some of the things that I've gotten ready, minus things I've also prepped at school and failed to take a picture of. 

Here's a snapshot of one of the activities I am really looking forward to! The student cut out an eyepatch (that's printed on cardstock or construction paper). They wear the eyepatch and try to do these activities with just one eye to see. Then, they will write about and discuss what was the most difficult task for them to do. 

Don't judge me right now. This picture was literally taken tonight at 8:00. This is my crazy Friday night, people. I've been blogging and prepping pirate fun. I am wild, I tell you.

Obviously, some do not even really require your vision to do (like saying the ABCs), but that is all part of the fun! Seriously, I just walked around the room with the eyepatch on and had a difficult time! However, I did take my glasses off and can't see without them so that could also be part of the problem!

Here are some other fun activities that I'm looking forward to!

Some True/False work.

 Some vocabulary match-up.
 How To Talk Like A Pirate poster and ABC order work.
 To check out my All About Pirates pack, click the picture below:

Okay, off to watch some Friends! I put the Season 7 DVD in right when I got home and just have been watching ever since! 

"I can pass for 19, right?" (Friends Fans, you know what episode? Hint: Joey says that.)

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