Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fly on the Wall, Tried it Tuesday

Whew. Are you sure it's only Tuesday? Today I'm doing a double link-up... I'm such a rebel!

Uhm. There is no typical day in my classroom, but here's what we were up to today. There's some pictures, but not many.

Every morning I leave for school between 6 and 6:10. Then I drive and drive and drive some more. It takes me between 35 and 45 minutes to get to school. Today I got there around 6:50. I clock in and then head to my room. Some mornings when I get to school I make copies, sometimes I chat, but today I was working on ELA lesson plans.

The bell rings at 7:50 and my kiddos start coming in. They make their lunch choice.

ImageThey take their popsicle stick and place it in the pink container that corresponds to their choice. I didn't take this picture today but I just realized that those were the lunch choices today. Strange. Anywhoodles, after they do this they get started on morning work, which is a daily math quiz. When they finish this, they read quietly.

The bell rings at 8:15 and some of my kiddos head to ESL. I begin pulling reading groups and my other students get started on ELA centers. Today though I was still finishing reading benchmarks so I worked on those while my other kiddos read quietly.

At 8:45 I have more kids leave for ESL and others leave for reading tutoring. At 9:15, I usually have specials, but this week we have a crazy schedule so no testing. Today I put on a video about Rocks and they took notes. After that we did something I have never done before...READER'S THEATER!


I found a Reader's Theater on rocks and projected it on the Smart Board. I color coded the parts and split my kiddos up into four groups. For it being the first time, they did a pretty good job.

After this, I actually had time for some writing. My kiddos are starting an opinion piece on whether or not illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States. This is a topic close to many of them so they have a lot to say.


After writing we head to lunch. I have to sit in the cafeteria with my kids, but not with them.

After lunch is a quick bathroom break and then math! At this time 6-8 of my kids go to a math tutor so I have a fairly small group. I started measurement today so I put up two anchor charts and had them write their thinking on them.

ImageHere they were telling me what they already knew about measurement. The other poster (not pictured) had what they could measure)



After this, I read aloud "Me and the Measure of Things". I loved this book and so did my kiddos. It offers a great little intro to all things measurement.

Then, we got to do an activity by the fabulous Jivey! Measurement Word Sort!ImageThe picture links to her TPT store, where it is a free download! :)

Finally, after math is recess!


The weather was absolutely gorgeous!!!

After that we had more reading time. I let the kiddos get on Big Universe, which is awesome! Check it out. :)

Then, my kiddos leave at 3:15. Buh-bye. Today I had a meeting until 4 and then hung with the laminator with a while.


Then, I headed home! Yay!


Linking with...

tried it tuesday &  fly link

And let's throw one more in there...

linky party2

TOPIC - Skittles Game

Here is the code:

Red- Favorite Ice Cream Flavor

Orange- Favorite Memory from College

Yellow- Favorite Sports Team

Green- Favorite Fast Food Place

Purple- Wild Card(Tell anything about yourself)

Red: Strawberry!

Orange: Traveling to Branson, MO and spending the summer with some amazing people through CRU. I love these people and some of them remain some of my best friends.



stl St. Louis Cardinals!





I am seriously addicted to HGTV and can't wait to have my own place to decorate/DIY!

Okay. This is too long. Have a great week!

melissa plane


  1. Since you linking up--come and join my party! It's all about a dollar: anything you love, buy, make, find, or sell for a dollar! It's lots of fun. I am also your newest follower!

  2. I have one of those same pink baskets with magnets:) The measurement word sort from Jivey is on my list of things to do too. Thanks so much for linking up:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper