Saturday, January 17, 2015

Five for Friday 1/16

Hi!  I am linky up for a Five for Friday with Doodlebugs Teaching!  This week we are building and building our writing skills by using our sight words to help us make sentences.  3rd Quarter always seems to be when our writing begins to flourish.  Anyway, here's my 5 for Friday...

We read "The Mitten" by Jan Brett and did an art project with it.  A simple project that worked on writing and constructing a sentence as well as story recall.  

I tied this activity in with my Religion class, but you could definitely use it as a literacy activity as well.  We talked about how God gave us each special talents.  This was a perfect book to read as an introduction to that.  It's called "Jack's Talent".  Then we made a class book on our own talents.  Again, they worked on using sight words to form a sentence:  I am ________ (top)
I am good at __________(bottom).
Here's an example of a finished product:

We had a little Write the Room, Polar Animal style,  The students had to go around the room with clipboards & find all of the polar animals on their sheet, and write the names.  They LOVE Write the Room activities.  It gets them up and moving.

I just finished adding this product to my TPT store this morning.  It is a bundle of monthly/word and picture cards that I am going to keep in my writing center as well as at each student table so that these words will be readily available for their writing.  

Lastly, our literacy centers were heavy this week with depicting sounds and spelling CVC words.  We did this on Stretchy the Snake, on divided trays with letter cards, and with magnetic letters and picture cards as you see above.  

Well, I hope you had a great week.  Thanks for stopping by and seeing what we are up to.  


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! It's simple and a good way to work on story recall. We needed a simple craft this week :)

  2. My kiddos love write the room too! Love your activity with the book "Jack's Talent". What a great way to build self esteem in your students. Have a great week!

    Luv My Kinders

    1. Oh thank you! It's a great "bucket filler" activity, and I love seeing all the different answers they give! You have a great week, too!! :)

  3. I love The Mitten! The activity looks like a lot of fun!