Friday, April 26, 2013

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. April 26}

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs!
Here's my week in pictures...

One of the most important things going on this week is a fundraiser to help raise money for a sweet man who is fighting bone cancer. He is a dad to one of Reagan Tunstall's little first graders. If you would like to help out, you can read all about it here.

I spent a small fortune on a ton of baskets for my new Daily 5 classroom next year. I can't believe I'm already thinking about next year! How many of you are already planning ahead? Please tell me I'm not the only one! By the way, my yorkie, Max, is really way cuter than he appears in this picture. He was a tad scared and intimidated by the tall tower I made him sit next to!

My other yorkie, Buddy, got jealous that Max was in my blog post, so I snapped this picture of him with a great book I read to my classes this week.

It was recommended by my good blogging buddy, Kristen. The book is about a little dog who really loves books and wants to make one of his own, but he can't think of a story. So, he takes the advice of a little yellow bird and looks closely at the world around him for inspiration. Buddy and I highly recommend this book for all teachers! Click here to check out this book!

This week, my students thoroughly enjoyed this original story by another blogging buddy of mine, Lyndsey, from A Year of Many Firsts.

It's such a cute story about a Litter Monster who changes his careless ways. 
My first and second graders wrote the cutest letters to the Litter Monster, thanking him for taking care of our planet. My kindergartners wrote about what the Litter Monster learned and made their own Litter Monsters. They came out so cute.

*Please note that the litter monsters and sentence starter are not part of Lyndsey's pack.
The last picture I have for you today, are two images of thank you letters my first graders wrote to me. Today, I assessed them to see if they remember the 5 parts of a letter. They were told to write a thank you letter to anyone they wanted. They came out precious and I had tears in my eyes as they shared their heartfelt letters. We all decided that we don't thank those we love nearly as often as we should.

And there's my week in pictures!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!


  1. Love your Litter Monsters! So cute!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  2. Thanks for donating to the Slater family and for sharing it with your followers! It means so much!

  3. This is the perfect time to be thinking of next year! You get a chance to get organized and tried new things out. :) I'm Brandee, a new follower. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. Those pups are incredible adorable and the die for!
    My Second Sense

  5. Ooooh I can't wait to see what you're planning to do with your Daily 5 baskets! I just registered for The Sisters conference in LA in October! Your monsters are great!

    Lucky to Be in First

  6. Lori
    I'm thinking about next year already too! We have a print shop at our school that will make copies for us if we send our printables to the highschool.. and we don't have to pay for the cardstock.. even the colored! Very excited to have discovered this. During our assessment time while I was actively monitoring.. I pulled out all of my printables that I will need for September and sent them to the printshop.
    I also made a list of things that I need to look into purchasing!
    Enjoy the weekend!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  7. I wish my yorkie sat as still as yours do! He is wayy to interested in the camera to let me take a picture of him. Most of my pics of him are when he is asleep! Where are your bins from? I started to get some from The Dollar Tree but then they switched the colors on me!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade


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