Friday, March 4, 2016

Leprechaun Writing, STEM, and Visualization

Another week comes to an end and is time for Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

I love St. Patrick's Day.  I'm not even Irish.  I just pretend I am in March's fun.  I have a great time in my classroom doing fun time on learning (ahem) with projects. 

We wrote narratives about a leprechaun that gets loose in our school.  We are learning how to structure and organize our writing. 

We used this anchor chart as a mini-lesson and visual reminder.

narrative writing: tell how a leprechaun got loose in school.

 Didn't they come out cute?
Writing Craftivity to tell about a leprechaun getting loose in school, trick and trap a leprechan blueprint and parent letter, and more.

Click here to check out the writing craftivity included in this product.

This STEM project by Brooke Brown is fabulous!

We had great fun learning experiences, making a wind powered maze using base ten blocks, snap cubes, popsicle sticks, straws, and marbles. 

In other news, this is certainly newsworthy...

Bentley, our beagle and Jack one of our cats, are lying beside one another. 

Bentley is not chasing.

This is worth posting on the web.

Most days, between the running of dog paws and the screams of a cat it sounds like someone is being murdered in our home.  Lately, things have been calming down more and our furry friends are co-habituating in peace.  For now.

This is what a mess 267 baby photos looks like. I printed them off this week with a 40% off coupon for Walgreens.

I decided it would be a good idea to print all the photos my Dad has of my son so that they are off a device and....on my bedroom floor.

I do plan to put them in an album. Or scrapbook them. But most likely it will be a flip album because I'll get lazy and my husband will say "What are you going to do with all those pictures?" So...

I should also say that my son is now 10 so...

based on the rate I'm going, the flip album option is looking pretty good.

We have been learning about visualization this week as part of our balanced literacy lessons this week.

 visualizing strategies anchor chart

This anchor chart helped my students understand that good readers make a "movie in their mind" when they read.

FREE visualizing strategies

BrainpopJr. has some great videos about visualization, as well.

This is a freebie in my store.

Well folks, that's my week. 

Pray for me I have parent conferences next week. 


  1. lol at the picture of your pets. I can only imagine if we had to manage a cat with Omar, our black lab. She doesn't see too well anymore, but I'll be she could sniff one out enough to chase it. Pets make the world a better place, for sure :)

  2. Hi Julie,
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