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Friday, March 14, 2014

Five For Friday {Projects, Cause and Effect}

TGIF! What a busy week. We have four five-day school weeks in March and have been busy bees! I am linking up my Five For Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!   

The students completed their Natural Disasters projects in ELA this week and presented. They did an awesome job and were so excited! Proud teacher moment here! These are some pictures of a few projects. One group made an iMovie (with a lot of support at home) and it was so informative, yet super entertaining! It reminded me of Bill Nye. FUN!

 Rehearsing and planning for presentations...
I have listed everything you need for this Natural Disasters project in my TPT store if you are interested.

I spent all day last Saturday at a karate tournament. I competed in forms and did an exhibition for sparring. I lost the exhibition in sparring but met some great girls and learned a lot! I just love it!
Our Varsity girl's basketball team is headed to the semi-finals for states!! We are super pumped and today the whole school lined the hallways for a grand send off! 
I blogged about using Post-It notes in this cause and effect lesson in Tuesday's Tried It. I used these Big Pad Post It notes (thank you, Joanne!) later in the week for students to write their own cause and effect stories in groups! We read "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake" and I wrote the beginning of the story on a huge Post-It. We circled some cause and effect signal words.
The students had a BLAST coming up with their own stories! They moaned when time was up and I kept hearing, "This is fun!" I love that!

I finally finished my fables product! I have students write their own fables during my unit and I included many materials in this product that I use. See my posts here and here for more information. I also included multiple choice, short response, and an extended response to accompany two fables. I numbered the paragraphs in the fables and students need to use the text to refer back to when responding to questions. This is an important skill for the Common Core and I have noticed that the state assessments have started using numbered paragraphs in many of their questions. 
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Have you checked out this AMAZING giveaway at I'm Lovin Lit? Today is the final day but there are still freebies to grab in Erin's TPT store and a giveaway to enter (my new product is up for grabs!).
Here is another AMAZING giveaway that ends tonight at Sweet Rhyme & Pure Reason!

Have a great weekend everyone!! 


  1. Those are some great stories your kids wrote! I love the idea of repurposing all of my "when you give a blank a blank" books from my primary teaching days to do this activity!

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  2. I LOVE the cause and effect posters! I think my favorite is the "If you give a pig a cheese pizza, he will ask for some ham. When you give him the ham, he will be reminded of his pig friends at home." That just cracked me up! Love the race car one too. Pinned! XO
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  3. Your post-it note stories are adorable!!! I'm totally stealing that idea. My partner and I were just talking about what we'd use giant post-it notes for....now I know! Thanks!

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  4. Holly,

    I love how you used those super huge Post-Its for writing. I have a few packs of them and have been wondering how to use them. Love it! I'm off to check out your new fables unit. It looks AMAZING! We teach fables next quarter with tall tales and mythology. It's my favorite reading unit of the year! Have a great weekend!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. I love these stories and the huge post-it notes are awesome. Who would ever give a man an airplane - seriously!

  6. Holly,
    Your post-it stories turned out great! Thanks for sharing them. It's so fun when the kids can't put a project down! I've already taught fables/folktales/myths etc., for the year, but I'm going to go check out your product!!! It looks really great :) Have a great weekend!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard