Five for Friday! June 27 (with some Freebies!)

It is Friday again!
Doodle Bugs is on vacation, but is still hosting this linky of randomness!

Thanks so much DB!

I had a conversation with a brand new first grade teacher recently. It was all about learning routines and procedures and what to do to get your year started. So, random thing #1 is about a new weekly linky you can join in on and promote some great ideas for new teachers (and maybe even some refreshing of us old gals).....

The linky is hosted by  Kelli at Tales of a Teacher.

So, check that out and see if you can add that to your summer blogging.

Okay, back to the conversation I had with a brand new teacher. We also talked about what books to read aloud to your class at the beginning of the year. Here's my first four I used for many years:

A Taste of Blackberries a poignant story of friendship in which one of the friends tragically dies. I read this book every year for one reason and it was this line: "Something as small as one bee can kill your best friend." I'd read that and then pause to let that soak into their little heads and we'd talk about treasuring our friends. Great Community Developer!
Flying Solo is a story about a sixth grade class that is supposed to have a substitute for the day, but the sub doesn't show up. The kids decide to have class alone. I love this book because it is the routines and procedures the teacher established that get the kids through the day. It has tons of Great Community Developing ideas!
Crash is the story of Crash Coogan and Penn Webb. Crash is an incredible bully and Penn is a neighbor. The book deals with the antics of Crash and in the end the total transformation of his character. At the very end Crash makes an unbelievable sacrifice that makes me cry every time I read it. Boys love this book! I love this book! It's a Great Community Developer.
The Tale of Despereaux is the tale of a mouse that wants to be a Knight in Shining Armor. It's hilarious and full of wonderful voices you can do as you read. In the end it's a tale of friendship and good deeds- that makes it a _________. (Can you fill in the blank here?)

The young teacher I was speaking to about books wondered if these would be okay for first grade. The first one and the mouse one, I'd say yes. The other two, I'm not so sure.

Here's my question for all you FIRST GRADE TEACHERS: What chapter books do you read aloud?
(By the way.....the teacher is my daughter.....and click on the book titles to check them out at Amazon.)

If you have been reading my blog lately you know I adopted a third cat. It has been a fun two weeks trying to get the three cats acclimated. Here's a report on our progress:

When you let a new baby eat off your plate....that is progress.

This week for Wordless Wednesday I posted this photo:

My question was: What is a fairy ring? What children's book was it in?
A fairy ring in a children's book was a magical thing. If you stand in the center of the toadstools and make a wish, it will come true. Scientifically, the circle of toadstools grows that way because of the root system.
When I posted this photo I was thinking the fairy ring reference came from Where the Red Fern Grows, however after thinking about it I realized it was actually in the book Summer of the Monkeys. Both books were written by Wilson Rawls and you need to read them!

I know I have added this freebie here already. But it's a good one. It's a list of weird supplies you might need in your classroom!
A fun list of unusual and helpful materials all teachers might need to have on-hand!

Check it out and other freebies here:

My Engineer Design Process Posters are featured:

See ya back here on Monday for Monday Made it:
I have some chevron fabric, scrapbook paper, big letters, and a video!

Have a great weekend!


  1. How fun for you to be able to talk "shop" and help your daughter begin her teaching adventure. Love The Tale of Despereaux and I'll have to check out A Taste of Blackberries. Glad all your fur babies are getting along. Enjoy your weekend!

    Luv My Kinders

  2. Love the Fairy Ring!!!!! I will be checking out those chapter books. Even though I teach K and they may be a little too much for class, I think I would enjoy them!!!
    Mrs. Spriggs’ Kindergarten Pond

  3. You would like them, but they are little too much for Kinders!

  4. HUGE progress! I'll check out some of those books this summer - thanks for the recommendations!
    Growing Little Learners

  5. Love the new teacher list. I'm sending it to my niece who is about to graduate. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Julie! I made that list for my daughter originally and then thought others might like it, too!

  6. I'm having a linky, Carol! Come join me. Julie

  7. I'm so glad to know that people still read "A Taste of Blackberries". I'm an Alabama Blogger, but I grew up in Georgia. Doris Buchanan Smith was all the rage as I was growing up. When the movie, "My Girl" came out-I felt like they totally ripped her off! Kelly's Creek was another of hers that I loved. I grew up on the coast, and it was the first book I ever read that talked about the marshes of my home.
    ANYWAY, thanks for stopping by my blog today! I don't Roll Tide or War Eagle--I'm still a Go Dawgs! With my son going off to MSU in the fall, I guess I'll "Hail State", too!

    3rd Grade Pad

    1. Thanks Debbi! I love that book- even though someone dies. Actually there is a death in Flying Solo, too! Both are great stories! Somehow the lessons behind the sad parts are what kids remember.


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