Friday, May 30, 2014

Winding down

I just love Friday's!  Not just because it's the start of the weekend but also because it means it's time for another Doodlebugs: Five for Frday.  I love checking through everyone's blog posts over the weekend from Five for Friday's linky party.  And I do read....every one.

We are winding down the school year.  We have 15 days left!  :)

The kiddos are very excited to be finishing up their Everyday Math journals.  Truth is, I can't say I blame them!

Finishing up our math journals means we have more time to review with our Interactive Math Notebooks.  I posted about this last week.  I can't say it kids LOVE these!

I bought these interactive math notebooks from Blair Turner on TPT.

I find it helpful to project the product on my SMARTboard so the kiddos can see what it looks like prior to cutting and gluing.

  After reading the book

we practiced using sound effects in our writing.  I modeled writing a story using words as sound effects and I called student volunteers up to find and underline these words in my writing.  We also identified and underlined "sparkle words"- words that make our writing interesting.  Words like cool and crisp, as we discussed, really helped us picture how cold the water was in our minds.

Our word wall is really filling up with high frequency words.  We add four words a week, based on our district's spelling program.  Each day, students complete one of these worksheets in which they identify how many vowels and consonants are in the word, use the word in a telling sentence, and write the word in an asking sentence.

I finally finished up my American Symbols unit that I have been working on all week!  I love how it came out and it has become one of my favorite products.  Click on the picture below if you are interested in checking it out.

I hope ya'll had a great week!


  1. I just saw this post (I'm a little late to a lot of things!) - so fun to see the notebooks in action! :D I love the idea of projecting the directions on the SmartBoard!!

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