Famous Friday Freebies and Five Random Things!

It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday!!

Yes, I know that song is totally annoying , but hey, it's Friday so it makes me happy :) So I am of course linking up with Doodle Bug Teaching for the Five for Friday linky!
So here are 5 random things about my week!

1. We wrapped up our Nonfiction Text Features unit! Using the headers from my Teaching Nonfiction Text features pack, we created our anchor chart that will now hang on our wall! It is a perfect reminder and lead in to our Famous American project that we start next week! Students will remember the text features during their research!
2. We picked our Famous Americans!! OH MY GOSH.. you would think my students were winning the lottery when they got their top choice for their Famous American. I made every student choose a top 3, and because I don't want doubles I had to go down to some students 2nd or 3rd choice. All but two students got one out of their top 3, so that was great!
3. I finished my Famous American Project Pack!! I am SO excited to launch this in my classroom and make it available in my TPT store! I taught something similar last year, but I am totally vamping it up for this year. We have been building up to the project all week, and my students are PUMPED! I am giddy myself from seeing their excitement :) There is chitter chatter all over the hallways, recess, and classroom about what they are going to do for parts of their project. The project contains 3 parts: A written report including researching notecards and making a bibliography, Creating a brochure in Publisher on the Famous American, and dressing as their person and giving a 30 second speech in first person. I created a pack that allows you to implement this in your classroom easily. Included in this pack are: List of over 60 Famous Americans to choose from, Letter home to parents about the project, what to do each day to implement, notecards to guide students through the research project, a easy to use/kid friendly bibliography page, Final Report Cover and writing paper with primary and regular lines, Timeline of Famous American paper, Template for what the brochure should look like and include, Letter home to parents about Living Wax Museum including requirements, Grading Rubric for Report, Grading Rubric for Brochure, and Grading Rubric for Living Wax Museum. Here's a preview of what it looks like:
I will be blogging updates to show how this project is going in my classroom. I am doing the full project which takes 5 weeks total. You can shorten the project to only take 2-3 weeks, depending on how you'd like to teach it. Click here to head on over to my TPT and pick up your own copy!
4.) We have our chili cookoff tonight! Every year our school does this, and it is a great fundraiser. Each class also creates a themed basket to raffle off. My classes theme, that the students voted on was "Couch Potato for a Day." I love our basket!
5.) We are finally starting to GET timelines. I know this seems like a simple concept, but my fourthies have actually struggled with it. We learned the big word "chronological" and they are totally into it now. They asked if we could create a timeline around our room of all of our Famous American's birthdays when our projects are done. How great of an idea is that?! We are totally doing it :)
Of course I can't leave y'all on a Friday without a freebie! So I am linking up with Teaching Blog Addict for their Friday Freebies!
My students {love} writing this year. At first I thought I was hearing things when they would get so excited to go to Work on Writing, but it's true.. they love it. One of their favorite activities is the "Roll and Write" task cards I create. I throw this in their every few weeks and they love it, and create some awesomely creative stories. Here's one of mine for free! Just laminate and put with dice in your writing station :) Click on the picture to download it for free!
Enjoy your weekend everyone! :) Lots of love <3


  1. I really like your Famous Americans Pack. I teach 3rd and history is not really part of the curriculum but I sneak it in anyway. Your pack is on my wishlist! I downloaded your Roll & Write. I needed something new for Work on Writing. Thanks for sharing! Happy to be following you!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

    1. Thank you so much! I really enjoyed making it and I have absolutely loved implementing it so far! Hope your kiddos enjoy the roll and write as much as mine do:) Thanks for following!


  2. Your Famous American package looks great. I am your newest follower.

    The First Grade Princess

    1. Thank you! It has worked great in my classroom so far :)

      Thanks for following!!


  3. Your Famous American pack looks great! I love that your school does a chili cook off. How fun!
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. Thank you so much, Lori! It is fun to teach:) I love our chili cook off.. it is so fun and the kiddos love it!

      Thanks for following and leaving love :)