Saturday, September 13, 2014

Five for Friday~Sept. 12

I know it's Saturday, not Friday..... I started this post yesterday but Blogger was acting cray cray, so I quit.  

It's Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching.  Life is crazy busy right now so this will be short and sweet.

This week my firsties worked on a "Who Am I?" word portrait poem.  I dreaded doing this because I know it's early in the year to discuss verbs with -ing endings, adjectives, and synonyms.  But I gave it a whirl and they did AWESOME.  I have to remind myself these are gifted students, so they can handle it.  I was so happy with the outcome.  We brainstormed lists of each part of speech and then they went to work.  Not too shabby!

The format is:
Line 1:  your name
Line 2:  two adjectives to describe you
Lines 3, 4, 5:  phrases about you beginning with verbs  
ending with -ing
Line 6: a synonym for Line 1

Since we have been in school for well over a month, it's already time for formal evaluations to start.  So I've started planning a lesson in idioms for my 1st graders.  I'm going out on a limb here because they tend to think literally, but it's my job to push them outside of their comfort zone!  I'm hoping they surprise me in this assignment too. Fingers Crossed!!!  So to get the ball rolling, I made two awesome purchases on TPT this week that I'd like to share with you. 
Click on either pic for links and details.  I'll keep you posted on how it goes.
Have you heard to SLANT boxes?  If not, head over to Lessons with Coffee and get the details.  Basically you sign up for a month and she matches you up with two fellow teachers.  One you get to know and she/he sends you a goodie box of cool stuff and the other one you "stalk" and find out all their little favorites and you send them a box.  She gives you a theme each month.  I know that was a poor description but check out Lessons with Coffee to get the real run down of the process.  I'm super excited about my two matches.  Boxes get mailed out at the end of the month so I'll be back with pics then.  I've been working and searching and crafting for my match.  It's fun stuff, go try it.
Leave me a comment if you decide to try it.  The next sign up would be for October.

Two of my coworkers had birthdays this past week so I got crafty and made them both some cute clipboards.  Take a gander.  You like?

I also added some cool, personalized stationary that I made and a few other teacher goodies.  My crafty-ness is over for a while now.

If you're following my page on Facebook you already know this but for those of you that don't....I finally gave in and signed up for my first Stitch Fix.  I keep seeing things about it on-line and in the media, so I bit the bullet.  I signed up yesterday and there is a waiting list so I won't receive my box until Oct. 21!!!!!!  Yikes!  But I'm still excited and can't wait to see what they choose for me.  If you are thinking of signing up, I'd be honored if you use my referral code:  Just click the link to get started.  Is anyone already receiving Stitch Fix?  What do you think about it?  Like it or lose it?


  1. I signed up for Stitch Fix and have received 2 fixes so far. I feel like a little kid when I get my box on the mail. It is so fun and exciting! I kept one thing from each fix. You will love it!

  2. Hi Meredith, The clipboards are adorable and so is your classroom!


  3. Hi there! I keep hearing about stitch fix too! I may have to give in and check it out :) I like the idea of the surprise each month! The clipboards are so cute! I need to get more crafty.... I go through phases!