How to Read your Favorite Blogs

You've liked a lot of blogs by following on Google!  Now what?

That's easy! Go to and log into your google account.  Then on the blogger homepage scroll down to Reading List!  All your favorite blogs are listed to the right and the current feed is in the middle!  Enjoy browsing!  I know I have a lot to catch up on this weekend!


Make Your Own Tabletop Easel

I've been wanting a tabletop easel this year for my guided reading table!  So I set out to find one!  There are so many to choose from but they all come with a price of $30 or more!!  With Christmas coming I just don't have that kind of cash!


I made my own and I am quite pleased with it!  I got to thinking - all those things are made of is cardboard and pocket charts!  So with my $3 pocket charts from Target this summer I set to work! Plus the color fits the theme of my room!
 Materials:  One large box, wipe off board, 2 pocket charts, duct tape and glue gun (not pictured). I thought I would use the clear transparencies but I didn't.
Cut the long side and end off the box in one large piece. Keep them end and side together and then you have one of the folds done for you.  Using your pocket chart measure how tall you need it before bending the cardboard.  You may need to cut down your pocket chart.  Tape the end together by placing half the width of tape on each end.

Start by hot gluing the bottom of the pocket chart at the bottom of one side.  Work your way up by hot gluing everywhere the pocket chart has a stitch seam.  This made it stay in place when I taped the sides.
Put duct tape around all the edges.  My pocket chart was just a tad bigger than the box.  I just wrapped that little bit to the back.  When I got to the top I had to cut the pocket chart a bit to get it to fold nicely.  Wish I would have take pictures along the way. The first pocket chart I glued the top down to the other side.  
Start gluing the second pocket chart to the other side just like the first one.  When you get to the top you will need to cut off the excess pocket chart.  I left the clear plastic on. To tape the edges down I snipped the plastic at the sides.
I could have glued it down better but after I burnt myself...that wasn't going to happen!
But once the wipe board was in you couldn't really see it.
You can see how the plastic is higher than the easel.  For now I'm going to leave it that way.  
If it doesn't work I'll trim it down.
 You can remove the wipe off boards when you're not using them if you need more pockets.
You can store things inside.  I'll be putting my pen container in there.

Pin this idea for later if you don't have time to make it right now.  You will be glad you did!  It will save you a ton of money.


A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds Freebie

A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds by Jean Richards

This exceptional nonfiction story shares information about different fruit that travel in their own little suitcases!  Learn about the different kind of seeds and how they travel!

Pick up this free pack to supplement your read aloud.
This book is also part of the First Grade Treasure Series in unit 5.

Vocabulary - draw what it means then they can either write the definition or use the word in a sentence.

Categorize - Draw different kinds of fruit in the correct boxes with labels.  Or you may want to cut pictures from magazines.  

Cause and Effect - Answer the questions in the box.  


Character Day

We started talking about Character Traits a few weeks before our big Character Day.

We read the book Seaver the Weaver by Paul Czajak.

Seaver is an orb spider with a sky full of inspiration. His siblings prefer tradition and aren’t afraid to let him know. But Seaver doesn’t mind! He loves his new shapes and isn’t afraid to show them off.

Seaver the Weaver by [Czajak, Paul]

We stopped many times while reading this books to discuss the vocabulary.  
amazed, inspired, admiration, unique, proud

The students absolutely loved this book.  I read it twice.  The next day I read Inside the Spider's Web by Natalie Lunis.  The pictures are absolutely amazing.  We read this book because it is about orb webs which is the kind of spider Seaver is.  We discussed the differences between fiction and nonfiction.  We also discussed the text feature of labels.

Going back to characters we read Crankenstein by Samantha Berger.  Boy could the class relate to having grumpy moments.
Crankenstein by [Berger, Samantha]

On Monday students dressed up as their favorite book characters.  It was a lot of fun!

I was Fern from Charlotte's Web. We illustrated our character and added what the character thinks, says, likes, doing and going.  They color only in crayon and add details of the setting behind it.

We had Splat the Cat, Bad Kitty, Amelia Bedelia, Ash, Pigeon, Wonder Woman, Gerald, Cat in the Hat and more!


Buggy Blends Center Freebie

I know it's a little late for Halloween but it's still a great center to add to your files for next year.  It's a quick one to make so you could still use it this week!  Enjoy your freebie!

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