Saturday, January 19, 2013

Five For Friday-Linky Party

Hello friends!
Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five For Friday where I share 5 random things about today or this past week.  Click on the button above to read more Five For Friday posts.

1.  I am a Southern Louisiana girl and today I had boiled crawfish for the first time this season (crawfish are only harvested a few months out the year).  They were amazing! Click on the picture to visit a blog dedicated to crawfish cuisine in Louisiana.
This was my serving tonight.

2.  We gave a puppy a home!  This darling "weenie dog" (as my boys call him) is the newest addition to our family.  He is sweet and a handful all at the same time. 
Meet Buddy

3. Now to the classroom (enough about my personal life).  This week I did some winter assessments to look at my students reading and comprehension.  I have been using a wonderful website this year to assist in Reading and ELA. Learning A-Z is a wonderful program that helps to fill gaps in Reading, Writing, and Science programs.  This week in particular I used Reading A-Z's leveled reading comprehension, phonics, and fluency assessments in order to get a more accurate picture of my students strengths and weaknesses.  All resources are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Fountas & Pinnell guided reading levels.  They offer a 7 day free trial which allows you an all access pass to their resources.  I highly recommend that you check it out if you are in need of "filling" gaps in the areas of Reading, Writing, and/or Science.  Click on the picture below to visit their website and find out more information.

4.  Some of my students were working on simple addition this week.  I have been using my Winter Wonderland Simple Addition set that I have available in my TpT store. Here are a few parts I have found most effective this past week. (I apologize for not having pictures of the activities in use-I'm not very good at remembering to snap pictures) 

The sorting mats with addition cards has been a very popular center this week.  It also comes with a recording sheet which helps me keep track of students who are still struggling in a time effective way.
This printable worked great for higher order thinking.  I had students create their own story problems.  You can grab your free copy of this printable by clicking the picture above and downloading from Google Docs.  ***This freebie is not available in my TpT store-only to those who read this post.

This is a preview of the entire set for sale in my store.  Click on the picture above for more information.

5.  And finally I would like to share my Friday FREEBIE.  Every Friday on my blog I give away a new FREEBIE.  Here is the one I offered this week.  The post is all about sight words and a great product that I am working on.  I hope you enjoy.  Click on the picture to head over to that post and get your copy of my Sight Word FREEBIE!

I want to thank Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting this wonderful linky party.  And you for reading my post.  Feel free to leave comments-I love hearing what you guys think.  If you want to be a part of my Friday FREEBIES every week, look in the left hand margin and join my other followers.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  1. Thanks for the freebie!! I'm your newest follower. :)
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  2. Thanks for linking, I liked reading your blog. I have a little red miniature dachshund named Hundley (like on Curious George) and we love him. He is ornery and raids the trash on a regular basis! I hope you enjoy your dachshund as much we love ours!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm sure I will have many more stories to share with the new puppy. Thanks for sharing about yours-love the name!

  3. Yes I linked too. It looks like a great Linky party!

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  4. Hi there! I found you on the TPT Blog Pinterest Board, and am now your newest follower! :)

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