Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Peek at my Week

I am officially back in the swing of things.  This week will be my second week back, and I am excited to spend some more time getting to know my students.  I am linking up with my friend Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings to share some of my plans on her fun linky, A Peek at my week.


In social studies, we are reviewing map skills.  Tomorrow, we will practice using a map scale.  Before having students practice with an actual map scale, we are going to create some of our own scales using this activity.
 I put this on a Google Doc.  If you are interested, you can download it here.

In language arts, we will spend the week going over procedures, and I will likely begin Benchmark Assessments.  I am going to share a few poems that I love to use in language arts at the beginning of the year.

I have language arts right before lunch.  I am planning to use this poem to lead into a friendly reminder of some lunch rules.  

This poem comes from the book Messing around on the Monkey Bars.  There are some great poems for two voices in this book.  A huge thank you goes to Hoots n' Hollers for this recommendation!  I love this book, and I am sure to pull poems from it all year!

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I paired students up to interview each other.  They should finish their interviews tomorrow, and we will share them throughout the week.  We will spend a lot of time discussing different strengths among different students in the class.  Here is a great poem to introduce this conversation.

This poem comes from Almost Late to School.  There are tons of great school poems here!

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Finally, we will continue to discuss the importance of classroom participation.  I am huge on this.  I know not all students are eager to participate.  I absolutely love it when I see students gain confidence in this area throughout the year.  Here is a great poem to initiate this conversation.

This poem comes from Lunch Money.  I have had this book for more years than I care to admit, and it is still one of my all time favorites. 

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(I blogged about another great poem from this book, Far Away, here.  This poem is perfect for real vs. fake reading.) 

That's it for me.  It's almost my bedtime, but I am going to check out the other link ups first.  I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has planned as they wrap up their summer and/or start up their school year.  Thank you, Jennifer for hosting this fun linky!

Have a great week everyone!


  1. I love all the fun poems as springboards! I will have to remember that little "trick". :)

  2. Marked this post to go back to later. Love the idea of using quick poems to introduce something, or tie in just for fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I have added the Messing Around on the Monkey Bars book to my Amazon wishlist! Thanks!
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  4. Again, you with the awesome book recommendations! I just received "The Leader in Me" yesterday from your recommendation. I'm half way through it and am buzzing with ideas. Thanks so much!