Five For Friday, Flashback, & Freebie! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Five For Friday, Flashback, & Freebie!


Hello my BBBs! (That's Best Bloggy Buddies, of course!)

You are gonna feel some SERIOUS love in this Friday post. Watch out! ;-)

1) Ok, clearly we all have bad days and need to whine a little. I have really tried to keep all my blog posts positive because I know we don't all want to hear complaining all the time. But yesterday, I had a little pity party, and I was overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I received from you all, my BBBs!!! It makes me so glad to be a blogger- this really is such a special community we form here in bloggy land. You people are awesome. :) Thank you so much to Julie, Jessica, Tamra and Sarah, Christy, Elizabeth, Amy, Molly, Theresa, Jess, Ashley, Angie, Melissa, and Caralee for really lifting my spirits yesterday!! :)  (Sorry for not linking, Angie- if you read this and you have a blog, shoot me your link so I can make sure I'm following you!)

2) I interviewed yesterday for literacy coach here at my school. Sorry for the vagueness yesterday- I was back and forth on whether to announce it, but I decided it would be ok. :) I REEEEEEEALLY am hoping and praying I get the job because it has been a dream of mine since I became a teacher. Fingers and toes crossed!! Thanks so much to those of you who have also been saying some prayers with me! :) Again, BBBs!!! :) :)

3) Three women we learn about in 4th grade are Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. SADLY, they are at the end of our year because we go through our Social Studies chronologically, so we don't have enough time to really get excited about them before THE TEST! But this year, I changed that. I decided for our biography unit, we would read about these fabulous women, research about them, and write about them! We started off reading about them on PebbleGo.

If you haven't checked out this amazing site- DO IT! It is fabulous at giving "basic important information" just right for elementary schoolers AND it reads it to them if they need that accommodation (my ESOL kids and lower readers used this feature).

We also read these books:

This way, I'm able to integrate all that Social Studies content into my Language Arts time, and not ever have to physically teach it in isolation during "Social Studies!" I love doing that- especially now with Common Core and the huge push for nonfiction- integration is HUGE! Elizabeth Leads the Way is a GREAT book to use to teach strong leads. Moses is wonderful for context clues and imagery. Step-Stomp Stride is awesome for teaching vivid/powerful language. So as we learn the information taught through the biographies, we are learning reading and writing skills, too!

4) I'm so excited to say that the Workshop Wednesday Linky is successful! 17 AWESOME bloggers linked up this week!! Check them out by clicking the button below if you haven't already! There were some GREAT resources shared!
(And don't forget, you can always link up late- the linky stays open until the next Wednesday!) So I'm going to go ahead and get a paid subscription to inlinkz so we can have our cute thumbnails on the linky each week. I will post the week's topic on Sunday and/or Monday so you can be prepared if you want to join in!

5) You know I can't leave a Friday post freebie-less.
So here's a cute one I hope you will find useful! :) Enjoy! Graphics are from Ashley Hughes!


  1. Thank you for the shout out :) I'm pretty thankful for all my my BBB's too. All of them (including you) have made this year so grand!

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  2. So a few things:

    1- I was a HUGE blog slacker yesterday and didn't read anything and it was OF COURSE the day my girl was in need.... sigh! I am a day late and a dollar short but that one comment can go suck an egg... you and your products rock!!!

    2- I am sending all my love and prayers to you for that Literacy Coach job, you would ROCK at that!!

    3- Hope you had a good Friday

    Closing the Gap... in a Cute Outfit!

  3. Good luck with your job application! What an exciting opportunity for you!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

  4. I agree with your number 1 for the week. Having the support of blogging buddies has really helped me out this week too! Support, love, and prayers from everyone has made my days better.

    I will pray God opens the door to your dream job :)


  5. Fingers crossed for you and your dream job!

  6. So glad you are feeling better today. I think this week has been hard on all of us!
    Thinking and praying for you that you get the job!
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  7. Awe thanks for the shout out. Fingers & Toes crossed for your dream job! And PebbleGO? Pure awesomeness. We're getting a subscription for the end of the year and it will work wonderfully with our animal studies!! It was great for our biographies!

  8. Oh My Goodness. I had never heard of PebbleGo but I am for sure going to check it out. Can't wait to try out next year when we do our biography unit! Sending positive thoughts your way for your dream job.

  9. I hope you get that job! That would be exciting... although I don't actually KNOW you, you seem very dedicated and enthusiastic about teaching, so I know you'd make a great coach!

    The 4th Grade Journey

  10. Never heard of PebbleGo, thanks for the tip! Also, good luck with your job opportunity!

  11. Stopping by from Doodle Bugs and Teaching Maddeness . . . I'm going to pop over and check out your Workshop Wednesday. Glad to hear it went so well. :) I'm hosting my first linkup this weekend (Stress-Free Sunday), if you want to come by. Sorry to hear you were down the other day, but so happy your blogging buds helped lift you up. Love hearing things like that!

    Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day!

  12. You rock girlie! Good luck with the job!!!!

  13. How awesome about the literacy coach job! I hope you get it. When do you find out? Is it for next year? I assume Pebble Go is a subscription site that your school pays for? Thanks for sharing!

    Literacy Spark

  14. Wow! Wow! Wow! Fingers crossed for the job. That would be wonderful for your! :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  15. I know JUST what you mean about the negative comment thing! Sometimes one negative comment can seriously have me down for two days:( I am thinking of you girlie and sending prayers your way! I also am thinking of your new job prospect. You must be on the edge of your seat! Whatever is meant to be...will be:) ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper
    I mentioned you in my Friday Flashback...although I liked your project MUCH better, I had to do a quicky version of it:) You are a BBB!!

  16. I missed you yesterday too-so sorry about that negative person! (I hope they read your blog and all the praise you get!!!) Things always seem better the next day and it definitely seems you've moved on from that negativity! I can't wait to check out that site! And I'm going to be a late link up, but I'm definitely linking up tomorrow! Crazy week!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  17. I'm praying you get the job! Good luck!

    I haven't heard of the site, but I'm going to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  18. Came across your blog through Get Acquainted LInky Party and I am so excited that I found you. I love your techy tips. I need these tips so badly. Thanks for helping new bloggers like me. You are a lifesaver.
    Kindergarten Milestones

  19. Thanks for the shout out! We're glad we could offer some support! We're excited about the Workshop Wednesday continuing! It's a great idea! Have a super weekend!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  20. Good luck with job, I hope you get the job of your dreams.

    The First Grade Princess

  21. Good luck on the job! :)


  22. Fingers crossed for you! I am sure you nailed the interview. Thank you for sharing PebbleGo. I have never heard of it, but I love databases! Excited to check it out!

    Eclectic Educating


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