Five for Friday!

Here is my Five for Friday post...on a week I will be on time since our teacher work day ends at 1:30 PM on Friday!!  

Packing!  I have basically packed everything except my books.  I figure as long as we have books, we can keep ourselves busy right?!

My classroom looks like this:

And the tiny extra bedroom in my apartment looks like this:

My school would never win the award for most organized, so since EVERYONE is moving classrooms, I am bringing home everything that belongs to me personally.

 We have been reading chapter books in what we are calling "book clubs" this week.  They are loving it and feeling so successful as readers, even my lower students because everyone has what they think is a real chapter book, getting them ready for third grade.  Here are some of the things they are reading:

Since everything is packed up, we've mostly been using the iPads to summarize what are we reading using our favorite apps, which I have shared about before:


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Annnnd then there are some kids who just want to type on the iPad and are more than happy to type a summary in notepad.  Why not?

A few weeks ago I read about an idea from Collaboration Cuties called Power Writing.  We tried it every day this week and my kids LOVE it.  They hate writing in their journal and basically don't do year I'm simply going to call it power writing!  I have watched them write more in 5-10 minute chunks of time this week than I have every seen some kids write. Click the image below to read their post.

It works like this.  Give your students a choice of two topics.  Then set the timer for a short amount of time (I did five minutes) and have them write all they can about one of the topics.  When they are finished, have them count up the words.  Then do it one more time with two different choices of topics and compare the number of words written.  My kid were silent!  And those pencils were moving!

Sure the writing quality may not be amazing, but it has definitely got them engaged and thinking writing is fun at a time of year when that is really hard to do.  Plus they can no longer say they can't when I see them write an entire page in five minutes when it is called power writing!  They were also talking about doing it at home...whatever works!

We finished our end of the year memory books Friday and had a yearbook signing party.  I should have taken pictures but it slipped my mind.  Here's how the yearbook signing party works.  We have 12 classes of 2nd graders so it takes some organization.

1.  Each student is given a colored bracelet (just paper) with a number, a month, an animal, etc. on it.

2.  The PE teacher divides the gym into six large spaces, each with a sign.  

3.  Students are told to go to the space with their color, then their animal, then their number, etc.  Each time they switch, they are in a space with different kids.

4.  All students must stay on their knees as they move about their space.  It keeps them calmer.  The PE teacher plays music while they sign.

They love it!  They just sign their names and probably don't even know half of the kids they are doing it for, but they don't care.

JUNE is here!  I am linking up with Jess from I {heart} Recess to share my June goals.

Also, I bought the Teacher's Notebook Moore Relief Effort bundle this week and I cannot believe how many products were donated (579) and how much money was raised (almost $92,000) in such a short amount of time.  Amazing!!


  1. Love the power writing idea. Whew that's a lot of moving going on in one school!?!
    Good luck!

    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

  2. Hi Jessica,
    We've got a lot in common...I'm moving classrooms too- UGH! I used to teach in Houston (now overseas), and I love teaching literacy. Glad I found your blog through the linky- I'm a new follower! :)
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  3. Chuckling at your Personal goal... boy, do I hear you! ITA regarding the TN bundle... it will take all summer to sift through the terrific items. Wish I had been a little more alert; I would've loved to have included a product, too!

    Have a great summer and good luck with your June goals,
    The Teacher's Desk

  4. I'm in the mode of packing up my classroom too...4 more days. Enjoy your summer!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  5. Wow! You've been busy. I've been thinking of trying out power writing myself. So glad you posted about it. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  6. I can't imagine moving and having to bring all the personal stuff home! What a nightmare! I did something similar to power writing but I like the term you use!! It makes it sound like a competition:) Enjoy your summer and relaxation!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  7. Thanks for linking up! I can't wait to sleep in either!


  8. I also purchased that TN pack and it was incredible! Lots of good resources and it's all going towards a good cause.

    I'm excited about sleeping in also!
    Learning In Wonderland


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