Five For Friday + A Fabulous Freebie! :o) - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Five For Friday + A Fabulous Freebie! :o)

Thanks Doodle Bugs for hosting! :o)
Happy Friday!! I have had a fabulous Friday because.....
I was nominated to be in the running for Teacher of the Year! 

It is absolutely such an honor, and so exciting- I can't even tell you the flip-flops my tummy did when I read MY name! I still have to go through the application process, so I don't know how far I'll get (of course, I'll keep you updated!!) - but it is ABSOLUTELY an honor that at least one person thinks I deserve it! :o)
I don't know about you, but I can't wait to just relax a bit this weekend... and do a little shopping on Sunday!! I know by now you've heard about the big TPT sale:
But have you figured out what things on your wishlist you'll be purchasing? If you are a seller, make sure to link up with our 2 + 1 = BTS13 linky!! Buyers- check this linky out- it showcases some awesome items already on everyone's wishlists that you might just need to add to yours, too!
Since I was already exhausted earlier this week and wrote a very short Workshop Wednesday post, I wanted to share a more "meaty" activity I did yesterday that went REALLY well!
Have you read this book?? It was presented to us in our staff development this week and it is FULL of amazing short stories from Ralph Fletcher's childhood. They are great to use for craft mini-lessons! In the beginning of the book, he includes a map of the area around his house:
Gina at Beach Sand and Lesson Plans shared about this in a post back in April, too (click the link to see the post)! I showed the map to my kiddos and had them draw maps in their journals to show the area around their house. Then they had to choose three of the places that they drew... I gave them three half-sticky-notes and they had to write the small moment they had in that place. They did SUCH a good job! Here are a couple examples of them:

I used this book to model "talking back to books" on sticky notes this week. Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper shared about the book in June and I knew I had to buy it (click the link to see her post)!! It is a GREAT book. I spread the reading out over two days to keep my mini-lessons "mini" and my kids were so mad that I was stopping!! See #5 for the bookmarks I use to help teach them how to think more deeply about what they are reading. :o)
I want to link up with Molly at Lucky to Be In First for Fabulous Freebies on the 15th 16th! :o)

I've shared these before, but I have many new readers, and then again, my followers that saw it before might have forgotten about them! I print these on colored cardstock and laminate them, then the students use them while they read to think about what is happening in the book. Eventually, they will do their thinking without these prompts! I hope you can use them in your room, too!


  1. Congratulations on your nomination for Teacher of the Year! That's AWESOME news! I need to check out the books you mentioned. Thanks for the freebie. I'm printing now!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Congratulations on the nomination! And thank you for the freebie, our first month long unit is on the genre of Mysteries, I think I can totally incorporate this bookmark nicely.

  3. Congratulations on your nomination! That is super exciting!

    I love Marshfield Dreams! It is one of my favorites to use during Writing Workshop.

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  4. Teacher of the Year? That is awesome and SO well deserved. Great job, Jivey. :) I'll definitely have the check out The Raft. We are starting with non-fiction, but I definitely want to sneak some reading comprehension strategies in the first week. Thanks for sharing the bookmark. :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  5. Congrats on your nomination! That is super!! We love, love, love The Raft!! We use it for showing our kiddos how characters change over time. Your freebie bookmark is a great resource! Thanks! Have a great weekend!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  6. It's no surprise that you were nominated...Just from reading your blog, you can tell that you absolutely DESERVE the nomination (and the WIN!!) Many congratulations!!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  7. congratulations! I think you deserve it for sure!!!!!

  8. Love those ideas, especially with the map and sticky notes. You deserve to be nominated for Teacher of the Year. Congrats!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
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  9. Congrats on the nomination! That is awesome!! And thanks for the bookmarks..these will be great!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  10. Wow!!! How exciting about your nomination- Congratulations! Can't wait to hear more about the process! :)
    Learning to the Core

  11. Congratulations on the nomination! That is so exciting. Thanks for sharing the bookmarks again - and Holly's book suggestion too. You are right - I see great ideas, pin or print them and then forget I have them. I am printing this time (and pinning too, who am I kidding).
    Have a great weekend :)

  12. Congratulations on your nomination! How exciting! Good luck!

    Flamingos and Butterflies

  13. Congrats on the nomination! You deserve it! Though I don't envy you with the application process!

    Love the bookmarks and the neighborhood map activity!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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  14. Congrats on your nomination!! Thank you for the Freebie!

  15. Congratulations on your nomination! That is awesome!

    I love the idea of having students make maps of their houses, and then labeling small moments. Thank you for sharing this.


  16. Oh my goodness! What an incredible honor! You should be so proud of all the work you've done to get you to where you are today! Even if you don't "win" Teacher of the Year, know that you are Teacher of the Year to many - especially your Littles :)

    Mindful Rambles

  17. Congrats on your nomination for Teacher of the Year!! What an honor! I LOVE the book The Raft!!
    Conversations in Literacy

  18. I love Marshfield Dreams! It's such a kid friendly text! I've read it many times and each year my students love that book! We don't do a personal narrative any more but we do write a personal essay so I'm trying to see if I can connect some parts of the book to my new unit because I just can't let go! If you ever need a fictional tie in - Fig Pudding is the fictional account of his life. I've never read it to my class but I always recommend it after we read Marshfield Dreams and complete our personal writing.

    Congrats on your nomination! Best of luck :)

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  19. Super cute maps... I may have to try something like that for the beginning of the year. I am switching grade levels so I am a little out of the loop, but I think we start right away with personal narratives. That could be a fun "idea starter." Congrats on teacher of the year as well! That's so neat... you go, girl!

    ❁ Kate
    Purely Paperless

  20. HUGE congrats on your nomination!! All the best for everything you have to do for this!!
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  21. I'm a little behind in the whole reading blogs thing... busy weekend! lol
    Congratulations on your nomination! That's fabulous!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans


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