FIVE for Friday and FREEBIE!

I know, I am fashionably late for these two linky parties, but hubs and I were in for some much needed one on one time last night, so blogging came second! I am linking up with one of my favs...

Five random things about my week...

1.) I know I've said this a million times, but eTech conference was AH-MAZING! I learned so much in 2 short days. I was EXHAUSTED when we came back though. Leaving at 4:30 am was not the best when your brain will be working nonstop for 48  hours. I think I actually fell asleep in the shower yesterday morning. Yes. Asleep. In. The. Shower. Yes, that's a first for me people! Look at my previous blog posts to see more about the wonderful conference!


Valentines Day was a huge success! Total, utter, chaos.. but a success! My kiddos had a great time, and although I was exhausted, so did I. Gotta love when parents come in and say "I don't know how you do this everyday!"
Operation give our second grade teacher a break was a huge sucecss. She has  ROUGH class this year behavioral wise, so we've been working to have my fourthies work with her second graders to give her a little breather. It has been going great!
4.) We have mastered prefixes/suffixes! My kiddos had a GREAT time with the prefix/suffix unit I created. I used it in many ways during centers. I used some of the cards where they to match them up and record their pairs, some I had them play "memory" game with, and others I had them play go fish. They loved it! We really seemed to grasp the concept, yay! Click on the picture to pick up your own copy..
5.) Our Famous American projects are up and running SUCCESSFULLY! I am SO impressed at how well my students are filling out the research cards, finding information, and even remembering to record their sources on their bibliography. We wrote part 1/3 of our report today. They did a great job! For those of you that picked up the product at my TPT store, here's how I used the notecards:
For most kiddos, we cut them out and put them on a binder ring. I'm bummed you can't see the writing in the picture, but this kiddo did a GREAT job on his research. His cards were written in such detail. We talked about how to take each question and turn it into a sentence.
For my kiddos that need a little extra guidance, we cut out the cards and glued them on our spiral pages. Then, the students used each question to turn it into a sentence on that page. It made it much easier for them to stay organized.
I will keep updating with our progress on this project! If you like what you see, click the picture below to download! :)
Of course I can't leave you without a Friday freebie. Here's a little writing center activity that has been a huge hit in my classroom. Students blindly "pick" a character, setting, and problem. They then have to use these to write a creative story!
Enjoy the rest of your long weekend everyone! Don't forget to pick up my President's Day Abe Lincoln Craftivity and ELA activities for next week! :) To make it a little more fun, I will randomly choose one comment below to give this product to for FREE! Tell me how you will use this in your room. Ready, set, COMMENT! :)


  1. Found your blog through the linky party and your newest follower!


  2. I would tie this with traits a good leader needs (hello social studies curriculum!). Looks great!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

    1. I love tying it in with out SS curriculum!! Thanks :)


  3. I found your blog through the Linky Party. I think it is very considerate of you to help out your fellow coworkers. As a 2nd grade teacher with a challenging class, I can understand her trials. I think that is also a great opportunity for your students to be a role model. What a wonderful idea. I am also your newest follower.

    Ms. Richards's Musings

    1. I wish I could do more for her this year! It is definitely a great role model opportunity too, you're right! I'm sorry you have a challenging class this year. I hope you get some days where you find some breaks as well :)


  4. I love the Pull and Write activity and will be putting it in my activity binder so I can use it while subbing.