Five for Friday {1.24.13}

Rain + 30 degree weather = no school in Houston, TX!  Yay!  To celebrate I am hosting a linky sale.   If you are home today because of weather, link up and put two of your TpT items on sale for one dollar.  Click the button below for more information, to get the linky code, or to shop!
You'll find these two items of mine on sale for just one dollar today.
Yesterday I went to a training about working with ELL's.  I've been to a lot of them, so I really would have rather been with my kids (especially since there was no school Monday and now today!).  But, I did think this video was really interesting.  It's one of those videos that you watch the drawings and read as the person writes on the screen.  It describes a strategy called SCAMPER...basically it is supposed to give you some ideas as to how to get your kids to think differently about things. (The actually scribing starts about 40 seconds in.)

We've been working on text features this week.  I LOVE this nonfiction text features triple match up from Teacher's Clubhouse.  
I got them a few years ago along with the posters and use them every year.  There are 9 text features.  The cards have the text feature, an image, and then a definition. 
I tried something new with my kids while we did this review and they loved it.  I have five desk groups, so I gave each group a set of cards.  They worked together to match them for a couple of minutes and then I had the kids rotate groups.  They kept doing this until they got back to their original group.  It worked out because they kept doing the same thing over and over, finishing and checking the work of other groups.
I made some football themed nonfiction text features riddles to use as review as well.  The boys really enjoyed these.
We started working on letter writing this week too.  I don't have any pictures, because I was planning to be in school today, but we made this letter parts foldable, also from Teacher's Clubhouse.
This picture was pinned from Amanda Madden's blog.  If you visit this post, she has all kinds of ideas for letter writing, many of which come from her unit below.
The flip book with the body parts goes perfectly with this song I love to use to teach the parts of the letter.
I also posted some freebie letter writing templates on Monday.  They are half page templates to save paper.  Perfect for leaving out at a station or something. Click one of the images below to download them for free from Google docs.
I LOVE this show!  I'm finally all caught up.  I watched the first few seasons on Amazon Prime and the most recent season is one CBS.  But, now I miss it and it isn't coming back until after the Olympics.  Anyone else watch?


  1. Jessica ~ I love you blog! Great ideas for Non-fiction text features.. I really like your Football product and it's just in time for the Superbowl! Thanks for visiting our blog ~ Kennedy's Korner!
    Glad you were able to enjoy your ice / snow day down in TX. We are getting another store here today ~ fun for us up here in Buffalo,NY. We are your new follower! We are looking forward to more fun linky parties with you! Have a great weekend!

  2. Thank you for the overview of so many great items! Love your football themed nonfiction pack! Thanks for stopping by our blog...

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  3. I love finding another TX teacher/blogger!! I am sitting here with mixed emotions. Another Houston Weather Day is happening tomorrow so I plan on blogging and working on more TPT products. But on the other hand, I hate being so behind in class. We now are two days (possibly 3 if Wed. is cancelled) behind schedule. Ugh!! I love the Friendly Letter youtube song you posted. I taught my kiddos this song but am excited to have them put it to music!! Thank you.


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