What'cha Reading Lit. Circles!

Hey, Hey!
 
Are you ready for a bunch of pics?!  Now that the craziness of state testing is over we are having a BLAST with literature circles!
 
I have my kiddos in four groups based on ability.  Each group got to pic their books.  Loved listening to the conversations they were having as they were synergizing and choosing.



So as you can see I have quite a range of readers in my room.
I made paper journals for them to use.
 
Of course I HAD to make a new set of posters because I just can't stand the cuteness of Melonheadz clipart!!!!
There are 7 jobs in this set.
I introduced each job and went over the expectations for each.  (all those details are on each poster too) 
I also made sets of little job cards.  Each card has the name of one of the jobs on it and each team gets a bucket.  When the groups meet, first they take turns sharing their journal page (job) from the previous day and as a group, score each other.  Then they each draw a card from the bucket.  If they draw a job they have already done, they pick a new one.  I have included a free choice card, so if they draw that they can pick whatever they want.
Now it's time to read!



After about 20+ minutes of reading, I call time and they take about 10 minutes to do their job for the day and then we are done until the next day.  They LOVE this....they beg me to read.  They are so good about checking the posters to make sure they jobs have been done right. 
If you are interested in checking out my lit. circle pack, just click the pic:)  I have a few different theme options:)
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Whatcha-Reading-Literature-Circle-Activity-1223536
 
Have a great rest of your week all!  I'm off to my daughter's graduation awards tomorrow night and her graduation Saturday!!!!  Oh how the time flies!!!

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FUN with Boogie Boards!

Have you seen or heard of these??
 
They are called Boogie Boards eWriters and they are FAB!!!!  I got a couple to try out in my classroom.  If dreams come true, I would have an entire classroom set:)  They are that great!
They are a great size and the kids just LOVE using them.
The kids have been taking turns using them during our Morning Math Meeting.  You can fit a TON of things on them:)
I have also let them use them during our math workshop, instead of their dry erase boards.
So fun!  I am for sure going to try to get at least a small group set to use during math:) 
Another way I have had the kids use them is just plain old practicing their multiplication facts.  Makes a "boring" task so much more fun.  Each morning my peeps wait anxiously to see who gets to use the Boogie Boards for the day:)
If you want to read more about Boogie Boards, you can just click here:)



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Friday Five - FCAT...Survived!!

FCAT (our state testing for 4th graders) is done!!!!  I felt like a truck had run through me on the last day!!!  So much worryin for my littles and prayin....exhausted!!! 
 
 
So I am poppin in on my 3 day weekend to link up with Doodle Bug's because it has been a while!
http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2014/04/five-for-friday-linky-party-april-18.html

So here are 5 from my week....random and not:)
After our last test, the kids started an Earth day project.  These are coffee filters.  LOVE to spray those with water!!!  So fun and they come out so neat!!!
I'm tying a little writing project to this....just haven't gotten the template made yet:)
One morning I walked into my classroom and one of my sweeties had left this
This brought me to tears......don't know if you can read it.....she wrote
"a teacher so brave, she actually cared"
So sweet!!
Finished this read aloud this week!
HILARIOUS!!!!!  LOVED this book!!!!
The kids finished up their symmetry name/bugs this week.  I'll blog more about that next week.  I have tons of pics to share.
Just and FYI....the names are symmetrical....not the bugs....lol.

So excited my baby and her baby came home for Easter!!!!
 
 
I hope you all have a blessed Easter!
 

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Make Over Reveal!!!

HEY, HEY everyone!!!!
 
I am so totally jazzed right now!  I got a new blog design and I am just SO excited about it!!!!  The wonderful Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs did it and I can't even tell you how much I LOVE it!!!!! 
A Bird in Hand Designs
Pop over and check out her cuteness!!!
 
I'm off for day 3 of FCAT......we are almost done!  Have a great day all!
 
 



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CHANGE IS COMING!!!!! SOON!!!!!

Stay tuned......
 
there's a BIG change a coming!!!!!
 
 
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
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Duct Tape in the Classroom - Bright Ideas Linky

Hello everyone!
Time for the fun Bright Ideas Linky!
Are you ready?!  Grab a notepad to jot down some great ideas.
 
Today I thought I would share some of the ways I have used duct tape in my classroom.  Duct tape is awesome and comes in so many fun, wonderful colors you just feel like ya have to find something to do with it:)
One fun thing I did with duct tape was to cover some ugly clipboards.
 
See.....ugly.....
FUN!
Another thing I did with duct tape was to make some folder holders for some of my centers.
 
Just tape up the sides and you're set.  Fun and cheap:)
One more thing I did with duct tape was to make a duct tape quilt to display student work.  This was time consuming but really worth it.
These are large Ziploc baggies.  It takes up quite a bit of space.  The baggies stay open (on the back) so you just drop in the student work.  Super easy to change out.
I love cute things.  I love to have cute folders but it seems like the cute ones are so much more money for just a few.

There ya have it!  I hope you got a few ideas you can use in your classroom:0)  I would love to hear other great ideas for duct tape.  I know there are a million!
If you enjoyed this idea, please consider joining me on Facebook or Instagram for more great ideas.
 
For more bright ideas from 150 different bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. 
Thanks for visiting:)
 

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