Friday, January 25, 2013

Five for Friday...with a freebie!

Today, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and posting 5 random pictures from this week. Since I teach 3 different grade levels, I thought I'd just post some random pictures of some of the stations my students did this week. 

1. My second graders played You've Been "Punct"! They had fun reading each card and deciding what type of punctuation was needed. This adorable girl was excited that she just won the lottery!

Even getting a You've been "punct!" card didn't upset this cutie! Click on any of the pictures to get more information about this game.

This game has been updated July 2016!

2. My first and second graders made mittens and used adjectives and a simile to describe them.

This is the first grade template.

This is the second grade template.
Just click on any of these two pictures to download the writing template.

3. My first and second graders had fun writing the room this week. Since I teach both grades (not at the same time!) I hung the first grade cards on top and the second grade cards on the bottom. My first graders found nouns and my second graders did some sentence editing. Here is a second grader reading a sentence.

These games have been updated May 2016!

I try to always have answer keys for my station work. Here is a second grader grading her sentences and putting a star on her perfect paper. This little boy is patiently waiting his turn to grade his paper. They use a pen to fix any errors so I can see how they did. For more information about these activities, just click on the picture below.

4. Here are two tasty menus made by some second graders. This is one of their "I'm done, what can I do now" activities. Just click on the picture to get more information.

5.  Last, here are some kindergarten cuties (yes, they are dressed in their pajamas!), decorating their mittens. They earned a pajama day because they raised a lot of money for the Boosterthon Fundraiser.

I hope you enjoyed my Five for Friday!


  1. What a busy, fun week in your class! I love how you get the kids to mark their own work as they go... Makes the learning so much more powerful. I hadn't thought of photocopying an answer sheet so that kids can correct at their own pace- I might borrow your idea :) did it take you long to teach your kiddies how to correct their own work properly?

    Thanks for sharing this :)


    Early Years Fun

    1. Jess,

      As long as you sit with the children the first one or two times and show them how to carefully check each question(and not just scan the page!), it's smooth sailing. When I started doing it with kindergarten, I thought to myself that maybe I was asking too much, but, now they are pros! My students always ask me, before they hand in anything, if there is an answer key. They have come to enjoy it. I keep them all in a labeled binder and they just thumb through to find the one they need. Good luck to you! You'll love it!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter

    2. Thanks Lori :)

      I have Receptions (Kindergarten) this year.... I'm definitely going to give it a go!

  2. What great little workers. Love all the ideas. I'm always inspired when reading your blog Lori:)

    1. Leslie, you made me blush! You are too kind! Thanks for stopping by and leaving some love!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. Lori - how fun! I love how much differentiating your are doing and it seems like your friends are having so much fun. Thanks for sharing your classroom :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  4. Looks like lots of fun in your classroom this week! Thanks for the mitten activity. I will try to fit it in this week-my littles will have fun with it!
    More Than Math by Mo

  5. Love the idea of "Punct Cards"! I'm gonna have to check those out!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  6. Your differentiation is so incredible, Lori! And, LOVE the menu! Fun idea! :)
    Smiles - Lisa
    Check out Growing Firsties upcoming giveaway - Erin Condren & lots more!

  7. I forgot to add that I pinned your menu item. Don't you just LOVE that pin-it button? I just installed it on my blog, too! :)
    Growing Firsties

  8. Lots of learning going on your classroom this week, love it.

    The First Grade Princess

  9. Love that you let your kids check their own sheets!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  10. You've Been Punct sounds like such a cute game! Your ideas are awesome!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Compassionate Teacher

  11. That game looks super fun! I bet they love the "lottery" card part of it!!!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT


Thank you for taking the time to comment. I love to read them!

Scholastic Teacher Book Wizard