Friday, November 28, 2014

Five for Friday November 28

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Thank you for hosting, Kacey!


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We did! We went to my sister's house, and her family had a perfect meal. We had a great time and were all together.  I am so thankful!
Does anybody else feel like this?

Here was a favorite school Thanksgiving moment this week.  Deedee Wills shared this wonderful Thanksgiving Math book at her blog, Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.  I loved to see how my boys were careful to color the Pilgrims the "right" colors, and my girls decked them out in fancy outfits.  

I posted some of my FAVORITE substitute ideas HERE. I also put together some FAVORITE games for all ages.  You can print this out, laminate it, (or print it on card stock) and keep it on a book ring for extra time you may have or for those extra moments a substitute may have- really for anytime because the games are fun and the kids love them!

Eight inches of this happened.  This is our back yard by the pond-
And we were lazy about a day late putting away our deck furniture.  Seriously, we KNEW it was going to be winter... it comes every single year...
I can't even complain about 8 inches of snow, because my friend in Buffalo is still trying to get over 8 feet!
This was snow on her screen door-
The snow was really beautiful, but  I'm sort of over it already.  I hate driving in it or having my kids drive in it.  And I don't like cold.  Again, it happens every year- I get cold and don't like it.  And don't move where it's warm, so I am going to bundle up and embrace the beauty of it.  Here's my town all lit up for winter.  

These are my new winter bulletin boards for the end of our hall.  I needed a chance to use my brother-in-law's gorgeous snowflakes that he made for me again.  Olaf just made me happy.

Everything  in my TPT store will be 10% off for the Cyber Sale- plus the 8% more at checkout when you use TPT special code TPTCYBER. Thank you, Michelle, The 3AM Teacher,  for this wonderful banner!
My  Prezis are all on sale :

Letters and Sounds


Get Up and Move

Beginning Reading

Eric Carle
Fun in the Fall United States
The Five Senses

Authors Prezi
Plus, I have lots of free Prezis-  Frog and Toad, My Favorite Things, Back to School, Power of One, Character Education, Play Every Day, and Kindergarten Websites.

My writing prompt sets are also on sale. The first set, Author Studies,  has 160 different writing prompts for 100 books. These authors are also featured on my Author Prezi.  The great thing about these prompts is that they work equally well for K-2, because the students write to the prompts at their level.  If they can write only one sentence to go with a picture, that's fine.  If they can write more details, even better!

The books in this packet are all by 8 authors:  Eric Carle, Donald Crews, Kevin Henkes, Laura Numeroff, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, David Shannon, Mo Willems, and Karma Wilson.  Once we start reading books by one author, my kids love to read more and more, so we do lots of mini- author studies.  That is how I use this set. Although, some days, I will just copy off a  prompt for a favorite Kevin Henkes book and have a great lesson with that.  Here is a more up close look at the individual author sections.  

My other packet, Writing About Books,  has 170 prompts for 102 completely different books.  These are some all time favorites in all areas.  
Here is a closer look at the books in this packet:

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!  Thank you for stopping by!


  1. Love the chubby kitty! I have tons of left overs to eat, too. Your posts are like gold. So many good things! And, I want to come visit your little town, it looks very sweet. Happy holidays to you, Carolyn. Now, it's time to get parent gifts ready, practice for the holiday program, decorate the classroom and make the next 15 days of school magical for five year old believers!

  2. What a gorgeous picture of your town! Maybe one day I can visit you and I'll swing by to pick up Sandy on the way!!

  3. I totally feel like that "stuffed" The winter picture of your town is beautiful. I love the pictures of the snow, but I'll leave it at that. I don't want to have to shovel my driveway just to get the car out...haha! Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving with your family. Love your winter bulletin boards. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

    Luv My Kinders


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