Friday, January 17, 2014

Dictionary Skills and a Sweet Freebie {Five for Friday}

What a whirlwind week it has been! We had a snow day on Wednesday and a 2 hour delay yesterday and today. We've also been trying to use 22 or so computers to give all 64 of our students a math benchmark test, so needless to say it has been a cRaZy week!! Like always, I didn't get to everything I planned this week, so our schedule is looking pretty packed next week. 
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share some randomness from the week. 

Hello my name is Courtney and I'm addicted to Instagram!!! This little bit of inspirational goodness came from Holly Switzer at just the right time this week. I love getting glimpses into classrooms and seeing fantastic work from students! It has really been very motivating for me and I can't get enough. If you've caught the bug too you can follow me at polkadotlessonplans.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman has become a  favorite little brain break in my class. Confession: I want to listen just as much as the kids! The songs from this movie were just incredible! 

As part of our word reference study we labeled this dictionary entry in our notebooks. I'll be honest here, I'm up in the air about this activity. On one hand I'm thinking it may have been a little too time intensive, but on the other it was a great way to sneak in a lesson on diagrams and labels! 

In all the dictionary talk, we've been working on guide words and determining which words would belong on a page with certain guide words. We needed more practice, a lot more practice, so I made this little worksheet. You can click on the picture to pick this up this FREEBIE with an answer key! Woot woot! 

On Wednesday I took some time to work on lesson plans and I had a little Ladybug helper. I just love this picture of her. At the rate we are going with snow and scheduling I'll be doing those plans in two weeks....haha!! Anyone else over plan? 


  1. Love, love, LOVE the Frozen video! I can't wait to share it with my students today!

    Teaching with Grace

  2. So wish we would get some snow this way! Y'all just hold on to those clippers and don't let them come to us! We need those storms that come from the South. I overplanned this week because of PALS testing. Maybe next week I will get them done!

    Have fun this weekend!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  3. I always over plan too! Although I never have a snow day.... ever! In fact it has been in the 80's this week in California. Holy moly! Adorable little cat! They always want to get right in the middle of things. So cute!

    Crayons and Whimsy

  4. Yes, I over plan...always start the week with lots of great ideas but have to cut some out. Part of that is because I see so many on blogs, it is hard to choose! Thanks for the freebie, we are working on using guide words too and it's a struggle with my 2nd graders.

    Literacy Spark

  5. I definitely overplan all the time! Better to have too much than not enough! It definitely sounds like a crazy week! Snow days and delays are a catch 22. Who doesn't love the extra time at home? But...then there is so much less time to get everything done!

    Eclectic Educating

  6. LOVE the kitty picture! I always over plan and then I feel super bad for rushing my kids to get things done in the time I have alloted. I am learning to back off some.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'


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