Friday, September 13, 2013

Five For Friday...Freebie, too!

This morning message reader likes windy weather best!

1) I wish someone had told me how wonderful Morning Messages are! This is the first year I've written messages each morning to my class and I don't think I'm the only one lovin' it! They have provided a great way to build enthusiasm for learning and assess students prior knowledge. I feel like I teach more in our 15 minutes of meeting time than any other time during the day. Whether it is circling vowels in the message, counting letters in our name or finding out fall is a season and not a weather condition each child's response is important and provides valuable insight into their thinking processes. This resource has been so valuable...

I spent $19.80 on this book and it is worth every cent I paid for it! This book is filled with great ideas for not just messages, but also for activities to wake my Owlets brains up in the morning!
We found lots of long vowels in this message! 

Snow was a favorite weather for many...We always get plenty of it!

2) Ten's Day landed on the tenth of September...How cool is that? For one week the number of days we were in school was the same as the date. We set up our usual museum in the school library and I brought ten owls...of course!
The students thought it would be funny to pin me behind a bunch of chairs and
go out for coffee!

This curator explains that her collection of ten socks is clean!

3. Notice the iron- ons on the back of the shirts!  The first one
was for the first day of school and the second for the 10th day.
The next iron-on will commemorate our field trip to the apple orchard.

4) Did I say apple orchard? Yes I did! We'll be going there to PICK APPLES! Last year we went and looked at apple trees, but there were none to be picked because of late frosts in the spring. This year there are tons of apples to be picked...I can't wait! Here is a Freebie for you with an apple theme. I made it to help my students remember their double plus one facts and their double facts.
I know there isn't one apple in this picture, but there are in the other two!!

5) On day 13 we had our best ever Daily 5. I was able to read with many students who need some extra support for a great chunk of time. I caught some partner readers reading the room in quiet whisper voices. Isn't it amazing what students can do when you set high expectations? I feel so blessed with my class this year. They are kind, loving and thoughtful. They make getting up on Monday easy! Tomorrow I'll sleep in!

Off to link up with other Five for Friday bloggers...



  1. I absolutely LOVE the morning message you showed! I need to get that book!!! Thanks for telling me about it!

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  2. Great post! I'm going to check out the book too.
    Thanks for the freebie!
    Barbara @
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  3. Sounds like a wonderful week! That book looks great. Also, have fun at the orchard. I'm taking my class in October.

    Thanks for the cute freebie!

    Compassionate Teacher

  4. Love the idea of a Tens Day. You do great things! :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  5. I love the idea of tens day too! Why didn't I think of that? I might do a mini version tomorrow. I need better ideas for my morning message. Maybe I should get that book.

    First in Maine

  6. LOVE the museum of 10! What a lovely idea.

    Chickadee Jubilee


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