Friday, March 7, 2014

Five for Friday: Read Across America Rewind (Plus a Free Writing Craftivity)

Hi all!  I've missed out on several Five for Fridays this school year.  I don't know about you, but by Friday I am super tired.  I just want to go out with my family for a nice dinner and come home to chill.  This Friday is no exception, especially with a week of Read Across America activities going on at my school.
We've had all sorts of special dress up days and special guests.  I was terrible about snapping pics of the kids in their outfits.  I think my favorite was on hat day, when one of my little blond girls showed up with a hat that had long, dark dreadlocks attached to it.  I cracked up every time I looked at her.
I did, however, manage to get some pictures from week.  So let's get started with Five for Friday:  Read Across America Rewind.

Number 1
Of course we did a slew of read alouds during Read Across America.  The kids love, love, love Dr. Seuss books.  I love finding ones that are new to them.  The read alouds were (and are always) the highlight of my week.

Number 2
Our school has a door decorating contest during Read Across America.  My firsties made Things for my door this year.  I'm sure you can tell from the picture, the hair on the Things is made from hand prints.  I think they turned out really cute.  The class was really proud of the door when it was finished.
Click here for a link to my Thing pattern.

Number 3
I found some adorable photo booth props on etsy.  I printed off some Lorax inspired mustaches and brows.  The kids had a ball with them.  One of my sweet boys managed to keeps his on for a couple of hours.  He just went about his day as if he did not have a huge construction paper mustache stuck to his face.  So funny!

Number 4
Also on esty, I found a fun apron to wear during Read Across America.   My husband just shakes his head when these packages arrive at the house.  For some reason he just doesn't get why someone might need a Cat in the Hat apron.  I guess he just has to take my word for it.

Number 5
One of the books we read this week was Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire.  I know, it's not a Seuss book.  But it certainly reminds me of one, so I usually read it during RAA.  Plus, I love the story.
After reading this book, the kids worked on a writing piece, "If I had magic spots . . . "  After they finished their writing, we made leopards to display along with their pieces.
You can have a FREE copy of this activity by clicking on the picture below.  If your students are anything like mine, they will enjoy this story and the activities to go with it.

Well, there are some of the highlights from this week in Room 8.  If you would like to check out the happenings in other classrooms, be sure to visit Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by and take care.


  1. Hi! Your Things are so adorable! I love how their hand prints are used for the hair! So smart and fun! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your apron!!! Would you mind sharing which Etsy shop you used? I would love to get one for next year...I looked on Etsy and saw some cute ones, but yours is SOOOOO cute! What a fun way to dress up for the day!

    Love your blog! I am your newest follower!
    Beth :)
    A Kindergarten Life For Me

    1. Oh thanks so much.
      Here is the link to the store for the apron
      I really appreciate you stopping by.

  2. Hello! I love the apron and the writing craftivity - thank you!

    1. Thank you for the kind words and for visiting.

  3. Love your apron! I'm exhausted by Friday, too. We need a Six for Saturday, don't you think? Would you be willing to try one of my aprons out? I sent one to Carolyn last week and I'm so excited (and nervous) to see what she thinks!!! Happy weekend!

    1. I've thought about 6 for Saturday too!
      I will email you about the apron. What a sweet offer.
      Have a great week.

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