Colorful Resources, New Books, and Fun Pens

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Five for Friday is here! Here is what we've been up to:

1. Testing Buddies
Testing Freebie
We have testing buddies at my school. Each class gets partnered up with an upper grade class and we write notes for the big kids. Instead of writing letters, we write how to directions for rocking their test! Our fourth grade friends love them! You can grab a copy of these for FREE from my shop :-)


2. Field Trip
We went on our field trip to the aquarium. It was a fun trip! When preparing for field trips, we usually send out multiple handouts to parent chaperones. I decided to change it up this year and create an all in one field trip flipbook. This book saved us! Everything I had to communicate to our chaperones was in one handout! 

3. New Goodies
If you are on IG you *might* have heard about the new Flair pen colors. I saw them first on @thecreativeclassroom's IG and I ran out to get my pack! The colors are beautiful! I especially love the teal one.

4. Comprehension Pocket Books

Reading comprehension foldables perfect for 1st and 2nd graders! They focus on story elements, characters, and many more skills!

We started using these new comprehension mini books and they have been a hit! My kids love to do them!! They are easy to assemble and can be used with any book. 


 5. New Books

We got some new books for our classroom library and these were our favorites! They are smaller versions of the pigeon books. The only negative is that they ALL want them at the same time. It's a good thing that we will be rotating books each week :-) I found these on Amazon.

Now go link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!




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Story Elements Flipbook

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How often do you touch on story elements? I try to cover these skills at least once a week, but I'll admit that sometimes I let these basic elements slip for weeks at a time. This is apparent when I ask my students basic questions and they don't know what to say! I needed something to help me stay on track and review elements of literature more often. I'm all about making things engaging and different, so I whipped up this double sided flipbook!
This story elements flipbook is perfect for first and second graders! You can cover setting, characters, plot, title, author, and illustrator all in one flip book! Two sizes are included!
Available HERE

As you can see, this flipbook covers all of the essentials: 
  • Setting
  • Characters
  • Beginning, Middle, and End
On the back cover, the children can jot down the title, name of the author, and the illustrator. 

One of my favorite things about these books is that they only require one sheet of paper per child! Assemble the one book; then cut down the middle. You have created two books from two pieces of paper! 

Want to see the assembly process? Check out the video below. (the video is of my Author's Purpose Flipbook)

Shortly after posting these, I received requests from teachers for a larger version to use with younger children who need more space for writing/drawing. I got to work and created an extra version that is included for free in the download!

This story elements flipbook is perfect for first and second graders! You can cover setting, characters, plot, title, author, and illustrator all in one flip book! Two sizes are included!

Are you interested in this resource? You can check it out in my TpT shop HERE :-)



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Reading Comprehension Pocket Books

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I'm so excited to share my newest creations with you! These are my brand new Comprehension Pocket Books. I'm calling them pocket books because they fold up into a nice compact size. Perfect for little hands :-)
Reading comprehension foldables perfect for 1st and 2nd graders! They focus on story elements, characters, and many more skills!

I'm noticing that my kids need constant and ongoing review of story elements and character development. I took some of the questions that we discuss the most and put them into these foldable booklets. It's important to discuss these questions, but it's also incredibly important to give the kids a chance to explain their thinking in writing. 

We completed the first two books in class already. After watching me fold the first one, my students were ALL able to fold their books up on their own! They were excited to get to work on these, and the assembly is super easy! Check out the video below that shows how simple it is:


Use them in your class as:
  • A whole group activity while reading your story of the week. 
  • Literacy stations for the students to complete independently.
  • Recording sheets in your listening station.
  • During guided reading with your small group.

Reading comprehension foldables perfect for 1st and 2nd graders! They focus on story elements, characters, and many more skills! \

You can print them on colored paper or on regular white paper. I plan on using white paper most of the time, but I'll be using Astrobrights to mix it up! 

Reading comprehension foldables perfect for 1st and 2nd graders! They focus on story elements, characters, and many more skills!

The questions vary throughout the books. They are geared towards 1st and 2nd grade students, but I could definitely see kinders or 3rd graders using them as well. If you have already purchased this set, check back in periodically because I will be adding more booklets in the future :-)


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