Some Sunday Randomness! :o) - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Some Sunday Randomness! :o)

Happy 7/7 Sunday friends! As you read this, I will be driving to Pensacola for a relaxing (hopefully rain-less) vacation for a few days! But don't worry, I have some posts scheduled so you won't miss me too much. :o) I have a totally random post coming, so get ready! With Five For Friday being on a break, I just had to get all this randomness out somehow!

First, I want to remind any southeastern bloggers reading this that our Atlanta Meet-Up is approaching fast!! There are eight of us attending right now, and we'd love to have you join us! Click the button below for more info! It's going to be so fun!

Next, I had to share this funny with you... I was at the bookstore this week and saw this book...
At first I thought, man, I could have used this book this year. :-P  But THEN I thought, man, you can really write a book about anything these days!! Perhaps we should all be writing books?!?! ;-)

Annnnnnd next on the list...... how many of you got started on collecting the secret words for your favorite packages in the HUGE Summer Planning Giveaway?? Start at I'm Lovin' Lit and hop through a few blogs, facebook pages, and TPT stores... become a fan, collect a word, and DONE! You get everything in the package! EVERYONE WINS in this giveaway!!

Also, I wanted to let all my followers know that TODAY ONLY, my Bubble Gum Day Unit will be 40% off as the Daily Deal over on Teacher's Notebook!

Alrighty, onto normal Sunday blogging! It's time for Collaboration Cuties' Mentor Text Party!

I'm linking up one of my favorites. (Do I say that every week? I think I do...)

This is a great book to use for narrative writing. I like to use it in my mini-lesson about how to take a small moment and stretch it into a vivid, detailed story. We've all read those DREADED stories... they woke up, they ate breakfast, they went to school, they learned, they came home, they ate snack, and oh my gosh, they got a puppy! It was so exciting and such a surprise! Then they ate dinner, they went to bed, and they dreamed about their new dog. And THAT is their story about getting a new dog.........

So after reading Fireflies! by Julie Brinckloe, we actually go back and count how many pages the author spent on telling about CATCHING the fireflies and compare it to the number of pages she used to lead up to the event, and the number of pages she used to bring the story to a close. This really drives the point home.

I have them draw themselves in a picture showing what they want to write about: as though it were a photograph (NOT a comic strip!) - the idea being, they can't be doing more than one thing... then I have them write around the picture everything they can remember about THAT moment: feelings, people, sounds, etc... This helps make their story more vivid. It's a great way to get them to stay focused on the moment they REALLY want to write about!

Make sure to go check out the other amazing books to read to cover Language Arts skills at Collaboration Cuties' blog! Enjoy your Sunday!


  1. I just got this book a couple of months ago. I think I found it listed in a six traits book or something. I had to do some writing lesson plans on small moments using mentor texts for my coursework and this is one that I used. I can't wait to actually use it with my students next year. I often think the same thing about writing books. Especially since I've taught first and second grade. A lot of the times the books for the beginning readers seem soooo simple and always seem to be missing something I want, and I think I could just do it myself!

    Literacy Spark

  2. Love this book and using it for small moments! Thanks for linking up! Have fun at the beach! :0)

    Have a safe trip! Xoxo
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Don't all teachers need that book! :) How funny. Thanks for linking up.

  4. Wonderful idea on keeping kids focused on their writing! I love the brainstorming idea!
    Have a great trip, hopefully no rain! Fingers crossed for you!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  5. This is a great idea for teaching this concept. Students do rush through narrative writing and have so many events happen in a short time! Have a blast on your mini vacay! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  6. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing a concrete example of great writing!

    Have a blast in gorgeous Pensacola :)


  7. I wish I could join in the fun in Atlanta... not a good weekend for me. Maybe next time!! It sounds like Fireflies is a book worth investigating, especially as it touches upon small moments. I hope you have a great vacay in Pensacola!

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

  8. "Perhaps we should all be writing books?!?!" I love it! Yes, we definitely should. :) Have a wonderful well-deserved vacation!

    Simply Schoolteacher

  9. I have already gone on a blog hunt for all the summer planning freebies and I love them! Thanks for sharing the mentor text and I am going to link up with Sunday Smorgasbord!

    Style Closet to Classroom

  10. I can always use a new book for teaching small moments! Haven't read this one before! Thanks!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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  11. Great suggestion! I love how you focus on the number of pages describing the actual event. I actually have this book! YAY! Now I have a great lesson to go with it. :). See you in a few weeks.

    Creating Lifelong Learners

  12. I love Fireflies, such a great book for small moments. I've been using it since I started using Lucy in 2005. And I'm super pumped to do my scavenger hunt, I'll be starting tomorrow. :)) Have fun in Pensacola!


  13. Love this book! I love the idea you gave about drawing the picture and then writing around it. I'll be using that one!!

    Koonce’s Korner

  14. I LOVE this book! I read it to my 4th graders every year! Thanks for sharing a new idea.

    Foreman Teaches

  15. Thanks for sharing this book and how you use it. I love how you draw their attention to the number of pages used - that is a great idea! I need to work on teaching how to write using small moments more. Is this one of the mentor sentence texts too?

    1. Of course it is! ;-) It's in the first unit since it's a great starter book for writing. :)

  16. Very clever lesson! I'm glad that I already own "Fireflies."

    Have a safe & fun trip!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  17. I love this book. Fireflies is such a beautiful story, thanks for sharing how you use it. Have a great trip!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  18. Have so much fun at the beach! You deserve a fabulous (rain less) vacation :)
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

  19. Ahhh thank you for the great idea!! I am definitely going to use this in my mini-lesson this year!! :)

    Adventures in Room 204

  20. Fireflies is a great book, and I've used it as part of my science unit on Insects, too. I love the idea of counting the pages and comparing.

    Have a great trip-

    Learning in the Little Apple


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