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Living out my dream job: writing, reading, drinking coffee & hanging with kids. 5th/6th Grade ELA 📚📝 My TPT below👇🏻

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My students are working on magnetic poetry inspired poems this week and it has been the perfect post-testing activity.  This poem comes from one of my resource students who is my star.  She has shown the most growth this year!  So proud of this girl.
#bringyourpettoworkday when you forget something important at school. 🙈
Mind Map #2!  Kids are loving it!  They are also much more creative than I am and are adding different shapes and doodles! Also...PSA- the colored pens at @dollartree  are so good for this!! I’ve bought a few packs recently and kids love using them!! They just told me today they are amazed at how nicely they write!!
A quiz on the King George story was assigned.  Snow day happened & class is not ready.  So what did I do?  Promise to bring in coffee to “age” their colonist journal entries.  Friday afternoon.  Staining paper with the class I yelled at last week for their project behavior.😱Hopefully I can keep everyone else busy while the “aging” happens.  And hopefully this turns out to be a blast for all! (And not a day I deeply regret!)
Oh and if you’ve read all the way down, here’s what I wrote on the board to keep everyone occupied.
Some samples of my student mind maps in progress! I love how my students took ownership over these notes and went the extra mile to begin research on topics of interest!
Tried out #mindmapping today using the intro to nonfiction in our Performance Coach workbooks.  It was a hit! I loved it because it was a less messy alternative to interactive notes. Kids loved the creativity!  Thanks @themagnoliateacher for the idea!
Still in Christmas mode here.  I was loving being lazy over break, but with novel studies starting next week, the teacher part of my brain is in hyperdrive.  Glad to have a snow day to do some prep work!
Joined the Keurig club! Love this color!
Waiting on snow like... 🙏🏻❄️
For my FL scavenger hunt...I told the kids it’s not over when you think it is!  Out of 2 teams, the team that found the most examples got to sort theirs first on the board. When they finished, I went through each clip and checked to see if they were correct.  Every example they received correct, I handed back.  Everyone wrong went to the other team, who now had a chance to try it. (Kind of like a spelling 🐝). So the group that found the most tickets in the hunt part was not necessarily the winning team. One class even went back and forth a bit. The group with the most tickets at the very end won, but I felt like a real winner for surviving this day!! You know?!?💁🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
Excited to start doing some narrative writing with my students! This week we are doing the Trapped in a Snow Globe story from @miss5th  and when we return from break, I’ll have the kids write some narratives based off of our quotes.  And somewhere along the line I hope I can fit in a personal narrative!
I am well aware that this is not a pretty picture.  However this picture represents the highlight of my day.  One of my resource students has been struggling with writing.  And so, while his peers were publishing their essays, I made this breakdown of the essay for him.  No, it’s not a cute graphic organizer. No, I don’t have trendy fonts.  Yes, it all looks like a hot mess!  But finally (FINALLY!) I think we are making some headway.  We took some ideas from his first essay and brought them into the opening paragraph.  I also wrote my own essay on chart paper on a wall across from this student.  It helped that he had an additional reference and could see my process.  He seemed to be starting to understand the organization and that 5 sentences make up a paragraph,not an essay! 🙈While there may still be a mountain to climb for this student, today he got both feet off the ground and I could not be more proud!💓