Friday, March 4, 2016

Five for Friday

Hi there! I'll be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday today. So, let's get started! :)

Lucy and I have been loving all of the snow in upstate New York recently!
Of course, with the crazy weather here, we have 2 feet of snow one day and then two days later it's 50 degrees and everything is melting! 

Just a little shout out to Teach-a-Roo, who created an amazing resource! I downloaded these Valentine Science kits this year instead of giving out treat bags (because they definitely don't need MORE sugar on Valentine's day!) and they were a huge hit! I went back and downloaded other science kits to use for other vacations throughout the school year!

I visited a local living museum on a full moon when they were doing an Owl Moon night. It was a lot of fun! There was a nighttime snowy hike in the woods, roasting marshmallows, a reading of Owl Moon, hot chocolate and cookies, and....REAL LIVE OWLS! Very exciting!

Here is a sample of some writing one of my second graders did for me recently. I love Reader Response Journals! I write my kiddos a letter each week in their journals, and they respond to me. One paragraph is personal, and the other is text-based. You can see some of the scaffolding I provide (which goes away as the year progresses). I love looking back through these journals and seeing how far each of my students has come!
I'm still loving the Brag Tags! They are a new addition to my second grade classroom this year. I wish I had thought to use them last year too, because I know that class would have appreciated them as well! 


  1. I love seeing writing from other 2nd graders. It gives me an idea of where my kids are. I also LOVE owls. There is something so cool about them!

    Stacy @Made with Love

    1. I know! When we went on our owl moon night hike, we learned a lot about owls from the guide, but we didn't spot any owls on the actual hike! So, it was fun to have the little meet and greet with some rescued owls after. They were beautiful!

  2. Your reader response journals look great! I really like how they can write something personal to you. My students would love that! Thanks for the great idea.

    1. Thanks! Sometimes I get some grumbles about a long writing piece each week, but it's so satisfying to look through it from September to June and see how far they have come each year!