Friday, September 13, 2013

Writing, Reading, and Monsters...Oh My! (Five for Friday)

Happy Friday everyone! I hope that you have all had a wonderful week. This week was our first full week of school. I'm excited to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

It has been a busy week in fourth grade. We fully embraced Reading Workshop this week.

We spent time this week finding our comfy spots around the room to read. One of my boys commented that this was the first time he has finished a book in less than two weeks. When we ended reading time today a few of the kids groaned from disappointment.
This little one likes to sit between my Elmo cart, desk, and bookshelf!

We also wrote our first two mini-pieces in Writing Workshop. The first was an I Am poem.

Then we found Monster's in our Classroom (click the link to read when I blogged about this activity over the summer.) I love doing this activity with my kiddos at the start of the year. It is such a fun way to teach them how to be descriptive.

I'm also excited to share that one of my blogging friends is holding a 100 Follower Giveaway! Gary from Scrappy Guy Designs is also holding a linky to share.

I remember when I had 100 followers. It was in April. I had been blogging for about two months when I hit the "magic" 100 followers! I couldn't believe that there were 100 people that wanted to read about what I was doing in my classroom. I remember the first thing I did was contact Classroom Friendly Supplies to receive my free sharpener to review. (I am still in love with that sharpener!)

What have you been up to this week? Happy weekend everyone!


  1. I love your monsters and I Am poems. The poems would be perfect for Open House this week. Where did you get the template?
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  2. Bethany,
    SO glad to hear you still love your sharpener even after two months. I was jumping for joy when mine arrived today!

  3. LOVE independent reading time! Great success story for your young man! I love your I AM poems, they turned out great!
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  4. Your I Am Poems are a great idea! What a wonderful way to get to know your students. :)

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  5. So glad to see that your workshop is going well! Congrats on finishing your first week!
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  6. I'm glad you had a good first week! I just love it when students complain that reading time is over!

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  7. Oh my goodness...I sure miss doing The Monster Exchange. It is so much fun! With the new curriculum our district is pushing I haven't had the time to fit it in. :(

    So glad you had a great first week!

    Flamingos and Butterflies

  8. I had no clue you could test out those sharpeners for free. This is why I read blogs--to find these things out!
    thanks bethany