Friday, March 14, 2014

Our Week

This weeks Five for Friday with Doodlebugs teaching is going to have to be a quick one, I pinched some nerves in my neck and it hurts to type.  We had fun this week so I just had to share, even with the pain.

We had our Unit test this week, so I made a fun space sort activity with all of the phonics sounds we worked with during the unit.  I have changed the words to make it an r-controlled vowel sort, hopefully I will be able to get it up this weekend.

Tuesday I had after care and if finally felt like Spring.  We had the kids outside for over 2 hours, these 2 gentlemen needed a rest at one point.  They were too cute!  Unfortunately the next day the temperature was back to being in the low 30's and we had ice again on Thursday. But we are enjoying the sunshine when we can!

With the Unit test there are no Reading workbook pages or stories, we used the extra time to really go over each part of the Daily Five.  We took one part every day and really went over and practiced the expectations again.  I think it is important to do this every once in a while and Unit test week just seems like the perfect time for a refresher.

We just love the books from the Who Was series! I bought some more on Tuesday night, and the new ones that came out on Thursday, I bought those too!  I just love how into them my kids are this year.  They keep bringing up facts about the people and events they are reading about, they are even comparing them to other people they are reading about.  I love hearing them discuss these facts randomly over lunch! I just wish I heard about this book series sooner!
Needless to say I NEEDED to encourage this behavior farther!  In these pictures you will see the start of our timeline.  We are taking our giant board in the back and tuning it into a time line of the people in the books we currently have.  As we get more books we will add to the time line.  I wrote each name down and my friends went to the time lines in the books and wrote down when they all were born and when they died.  Currently we have over 60 books! If you look at the larger picture you can see some of the pile they are working from on the table.  Of course we had to pause to look at what Queen Elizabeth wore, they were fascinated by the layers of items she wore under the dress!  I am hoping to get this done by the end of next week, they want to be a big part of it so it may take longer to get up then I hoped.  I will keep you posted.  As we progress it will go up on Instagram, my name is sarabeth781 if you want to follow along. 
Of course my week isn't complete without my friend from upstairs hanging out with me after school at least once a week!  

That's it for this week, be on the look out for a freebie this weekend on the Space R-Controlled vowel sort.  I will probably post it on Instagram! Check out Doodle Bugs Teaching and see what some other classrooms are up to this week! 

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