Five for Friday!

This my first time joining Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday linky party!
Here are five random things about my week:
1.  I was asked to write post for the International Reading Association's Engage blog about what it is like teaching in Texas while the rest of the country adopts the Common Core standards.  Check it out!
2. We started learning about possessive nouns.  Thank goodness because I am tired of seeing apostrophes every time my kids put an s on a word!  I had my students each choose an item and label it with a sentence telling who it belongs to.  Of course my items were the most popular choice!

3.  I realized Tim McGraw had a new CD out and downloaded the album.  I LOVE Tim McGraw and go see him perform at least once a year!

Two Lanes Of Freedom [Accelerated Deluxe Edition]

   4.  Today was Go Texan Day in Houston because the rodeo is beginning this weekend.  Our students got to dress up in western wear.  They normally have to wear uniforms (khakis and polos) so this was a treat for them.  I am not a Texan, but I do own cowboy boots so that was my extent of participation.
5.  We have been working on writing procedural text.  My students chose a topic and wrote/sequenced the steps on index cards with pictures.  (A 3rd grade teacher had her students do this with a summary.  I saw it and thought it'd be a perfect way to display procedural text.)  Some of their topics are so funny and telling of the digital age we are in - "How to Change a Computer Password" & "How to Download an App."

Happy weekend!


  1. I really love Tim too! What a gorgeous man! lol. I've been to two of his concerts and they were outstanding both times :)


  2. That is so awesome you were asked to write an article!! MN hasn't adopted Common Core yet either!!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  3. I like the post-its with possessive nouns!! Cute idea! I'll have to try that one!

    I, too, love Tim McGraw! The hubs and I are going to see Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan in April. I'm so psyched!!!!!!!!!!!!! (not that this has anything to do with teaching but I'm just really excited!)

    Collaboration Cuties

  4. Wow. It is great that you wrote an article for IRA! I teach in a Common Core state and never considered the perspective of Texan educators. That must be a tricky position to be in.

    Eclectic Educating

  5. We taught possessives thsi week too! My boyfriend used to live in Houston for a few years and we went to the rodeo! It was a lot of fun! :)

  6. Congrats on your IRA blog post! I clicked on over and read it. Looks so professional! I love hearing about other teachers' prospective. I teach in California and we are slowly starting to use common core standards in my district but many of my colleagues have not integrated them into their classrooms yet... I'm so thankful to connect with other bloggers who already share there CCS resources. :)

    Anyway, so glad I stumbled upon your blog today. I am now following you.

    Lattes and Laughter

  7. Interesting article---it was interesting to read your perspective! I was surprised that Texas didn't follow the CCSS! I like your post-it note activity too!!

    Ms. Shope's Class

  8. I love Tim McGraw!!!!! :-) He's the best!!! Your post it note activity is so cute. Sometimes possessives can be a hard thing to teach!

    Smiles from 2nd Grade

    1. Just read your article. It was so interesting to read- especially since here in IL that is all we EVER here about! :) You made some very good points!

  9. Love the idea of post-it labels. Thanks for sharing. I liked your article - well done. I had no idea that Texas had not adopted the standards....interesting.

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  10. LOVE the sticky notes to teach possessives! Great hands on activity!



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