Five for Friday {with Freebies and a Giveaway!}

This is a very special Friday! Starting with Teacher Appreciation Week, and ending with a TpT milestone celebration, I've had a lot to be grateful for this week! Not to mention, there are only 23 days of school left! And to top it all off, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

I'm so grateful for the resources I've found on TpT, and for the motivation it's given me to continue developing as an educator. I was thrilled when they contacted me to include me in their Milestone Celebration! I wanted to show my appreciation to all of you who have supported my store by offering free resources throughout the week. Also, be sure to scroll down and enter to win any product of your choice from my TpT store. Five winners will be selected on Friday at midnight.

Today I'm offering a fluency freebie! We started using these fluency fact cards during our nonfiction reading and writing unit, but my students love them so much that we've incorporated them into our Literacy Choice time. They have such a natural curiosity about animals, so they especially love this batch: Fluency Fact Cards: Spiders and Insects.

As another nonfiction reading and writing activity, my students have really impressed me with their close reading of photographs. It does take a bit of modeling and practice at first, but it really pays off in the end! I especially love that struggling readers can feel successful with this activity. You can check out the free resource I created by clicking on the product pic below. It includes several levels so you can differentiate for a variety of needs.

While organizing some of our classroom book bins, I came across these little sticky note treasures that someone had forgotten to remove. I love this time of year, when everything seems to fall into place...those moments when you smile and say to yourself, "They DO get it!"

I spotted this outside my grocery store yesterday. There's also a children's book section below, not in the photo. I love that people in my neighborhood value reading enough to create this community book loan idea next to the newspapers for sale.

On a personal note, I spent last weekend with some girlfriends in Napa. The sun was shining, the weather was perfect, the wine and food were delicious... and I even had my very first mud bath... which I probably won't be doing again. ;)




Enjoy your weekend!

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1 comment:

  1. The "Close Reading With Photos" activity is amazing! I absolutely LOVE it! Such a fun and creative way to work on comprehension, inferences, and writing ALL IN ONE!