Five For Friday: FULL Week Edition! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Five For Friday: FULL Week Edition!

That's right- FULL week! This was literally our first five day work week in forever!!! Here's my FIVE!
We FINALLY wrapped up our snow globe stories this week and we were able to make our snow globe craft! Yippee!
We used the rest of the fake snow left over from making the ornaments at our Winter Party and some glitter flakes to fill the inside - I hot-glued the clear plastic plates on top. Last year, I used small plates, but this year we used the big ones. I think they turned out so cute!!

We've been working on non-fiction text structure in reading. I've been using Pinkadots Elementary's Text Structure Unit, and the kids have really enjoyed it!
Not only have they read different structures, but they have practiced writing them, too! It's awesome! Definitely check it out if you need some resources for text structure! :o)
In Social Studies, we've been learning about how our government was created. We've just gotten to the Constitution, so we are "dissecting" the Preamble and rewriting it in our own words. They had to look up some of the words in the dictionary... and you would have thought I just gave them a million dollars by handing them a dictionary!! We haven't done a ton with the dictionaries this year, so I guess they are a novelty?? :-P Whatever makes them happy!! Ha!!
We did all of our Groundhog Day stuff this week, including our mentor sentence from Groundhog Gets a Say, which is the CUTEST book for the holiday, in my opinion. (General Lee here in Georgia did NOT see his shadow by the way... we had a discussion about who we hope is correct, Phil or General Lee! We all agreed: General Lee!)
This sentence is in my Third Mentor Sentence Unit, and the interactive activity is in the accompanying Interactive Language Arts Notebook Unit. I just introduced relative pronouns to them this week through this sentence and interactive activity. They were pointing it out all week every time someone said "that" or "who!" It was hilarious!
I also have a mentor text unit that goes along with Groundhog Gets a Say, which we used this week, too!
To tie it in with the figurative language we have been learning, I challenged them to use the facts we learned from the book to write sentences with all of the types of figurative language. (They couldn't just make things up to make it fit for the figurative language.) They came up with some really great sentences! We aren't quite done with our project with the sentences, so I will be sharing more next week! :o)


  1. I am so in love with your snow globes that I want to make them NOW! I'm sure the kids must have had a blast making them and they will be awesome keepsakes for the parents when they get brought home! I'm so happy the text structure packet is working well for your class! My kids did great with it too! I also think it is hilarious I was using materials from you this week, while you were using mine! :) So happy to be able to learn, grow, and share with my blogging buddies!
    Pinkadots Elementary

  2. I haven't read that book yet - I will have to add it to my Amazon wishlist for next year.

  3. That snowglobe craft is super cute! I need to come up with a math assignment to go with them!

    Keep Calm and Hoot On

  4. We did your mentor sentence for Groundhog Gets a Say this week too!! I love that book. My students thought marmotophile (sp?) was a made up word!! It worked out perfectly since the sentence had all sorts of plural nouns - just what we were working on!! Wasn't a full week hard to do?

  5. I am LOVING how your snow globe activity turned out! They look SO good. I'll definitely be keeping this in mind if I teach upper elementary again!

  6. The snow globes turned out so cute!! My kiddos love to use dictionaries too!! The local Rotary Club brought all our 3rd grade students one and they acted like it was Christmas morning!
    A Tall Drink of Water


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