The end of summer is sneaking up on us all, I pledge to savor these last summer moments. Today I am linking up with
my blog crush Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade and her ever wonderful Currently Linky.
For my Back to School Must Haves I chose:
1) All things owl! I am
and everyone else decorating my room in an owl theme. I have loved owls since Harry Potter! I am going Owl CRAZY this summer! I even created an Owl Themed Classroom Pinterest board to share ideas with another teacher blogger who is doing the same theme. My most recent purchase are these Owl Scratcher tickets from Tonya’s Treats for Teachers. She is currently having a sale on them at her Teachers Notebook Store. You should fly on over and see what other sweet deals she has!
2) I just posted about this Back to School Must Have: Whole Class Journals. These are a great way to cover all genres of writing, build classroom community and use in your writers workshop or as part of your Daily 5. I have created sentence stems and some language patterns to help guide the students in a more direct way to help their writing be more specific. Check them out here: Personal/ Imaginative Narrative, Persuasive, Informational and Compare & Contrast. These babies are on sale until Sunday!
3) I have been busy ORGANIZING my classroom library this summer. Jumping around from different grade levels (4th-7th), school sites and getting rehired with mere days to set up my class these past 5 years, I have not been able to tackle this task…. until now. This is how I spent my Wednesday night…
Another Teachers Night In! By the way, this is just 1/5th of the books in my classroom library. While I was writing the AR level, points and quiz number on all of these and organizing them into book bins with my new Owl Library Labels, I was noticing some of my books were (gasp!) stolen or ruined. I got pretty discouraged because a lot of the ones that are missing are the ones that kids love! So, I found an Amazon gift card and went to town replacing ones that are lost and also purchasing some new books that came out since May as well as preorders some that are coming out later this fall. Thank you Amazon for helping me restock my library!
Well there you have it, August Currently done! I am off to go see what some others have to share.
Enjoy your weekend!