Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Peek at my Week - 1/19/14

Well, I meant to link up on Friday with Doodlebugs Five for Friday, but then I decided just to hang out with the family Friday night. It was a much needed break :) Anyway, here I am to link up for Jennifer at Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for a Peek at my Week.

In math, we are starting fractions this week. My teammate and I are still using a flipped model for math and love the results we're seeing in our students. (On that note, I'm still planning a Flipped Classroom series sometime in the near future, but I'm trying to work out a few technology kinks in our process first.)

I have found a couple of fantastic resources that I'm planning on using this week as we review basic fraction concepts and work on converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions. I love using task cards, whether for SCOOT games, centers, or as independent practice, and this bundle from Yvonne Crawford is perfect for all of the fraction skills we'll be covering in our unit.
My students always seem to struggle with converting between mixed numbers and fractions, so I was glad to find a simple, yet fun, game to help them practice this skill during our "Math Games" rotation. This one is from Kristin Kennedy and is only $1.99!

Last week, we started working on citing text evidence to answer discussion questions. We are continuing this week with a great resource from Erin at I'm Lovin' Lit (side note - her interactive notebooks are AMAZING and have saved me SO much time this year!). Her bonus lesson "Citing Text Evidence" is perfect for what we needed. I love the simplicity of the strategy included and that it works for any type of discussion question, whether it's about literature, informational text, or in the content areas. Best of all, it's FREE! Grab yours by clicking the picture below.

We are finally getting to the American Revolution in Social Studies. (Can I just say that I feel like we are WAY behind this year for some reason?) We're going to work on incorporating reading skills by using reading passages and coordinating activities in this bundle from Molly at Elementary Lesson Plans. I love that it incorporates reading comprehension with the Social Studies content we already have to teach! We'll be using our Close Reading strategies as we go.

I also wanted to incorporate a timeline for students to fill in as we learned about the events leading up to the Revolution. As much as I looked, I just couldn't find what I wanted, so yesterday, I was hard at work creating my own. I'm planning to make another one for events during the War as well. As usual for new products, I'm doing a Pin it to Win it contest now through Wednesday. On Wednesday I'll randomly choose a winner! Use the link below to pin, and post the URL in the comments to enter.

Hope everyone has a fantastic week and enjoys your day off tomorrow!


  1. Thanks so much for the shout out, girl! I'm excited to read about your flipped classroom experiences as I've been doing some flipping in math as well. By the way, I just uploaded an improper fractions/mixed number Valentine's Day freebie yesterday. My kiddos always need a lot of practice with this too! Here's the link

  2. Ahhh...fractions. The reason I'm glad I am not teaching math anymore. :)

    Thanks for linking up! Have a great week!!


  3. Thanks so much for putting my fraction task cards in your blog post! I really love your blog; it's so cute! I hope you are having a great 2014!

  4. This timeline would be an awesome addition to our social studies interactive notebook. I would love to win a copy. Thanks!

  5. Hey Kristen! I somehow missed reading your feedback last month and only just saw this - that NEVER happens! Anyway.. thanks so much for recommending my freebie in your blog post. I'd love to send you a product from my store to thank you! Anything you like.. email me at
    :) Erin


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