Are you up for an adventure this week? A number of fellow intermediate teacher-bloggers have joined to provide you with blog-hopping fun this last week of January. Perhaps snow covers the ground outside where you are reading this from, making a real outdoor hike out of the question…so we thought we would offer you a trail to “hike along” from the comfort of your couch!
Back in December, I was partnered with Nicole Shelby from Teaching with Blonde Ambition. Nicole and I spent some time snooping in each other’s stores and each picked a resource we would like to try out with our own students. Although Nicole has TONS of amazing products, I picked Flippin’ Through the CCSS: Flip Flaps for Reading Notebooks-Grades 3-5 to use because I knew I could use it in a couple of different ways!
For me, having a resource that is FLEXIBLE is key. I never teach anything the same way twice, so I appreciate a resource that lets me be creative! This flip flap resource does exactly that. I know I will be able to use pieces of it all year long–and in different ways. I thought I’d show you two different things we have done with it recently.
First of all, we are digging into our latest read aloud, and I really want students to be pushing their understanding of characters. The main character in our new book, Eight Keys, is a VERY deep and complex character. Many of my students still haven’t developed a “maturity” with their responses in reading, so I thought I’d give one of the organizers a chance to work its magic! We talked about how a character’s words, actions, and thoughts can really help us get to know him/her and we got our organizer glued into our response notebooks.
–The raffle is open until midnight on January 31, so feel free to take a break from your hike, rest up, and finish it later!
Isn’t that a fun way to see some new resources–and land yourself a chance to win them all? Make sure to read the directions above so you know how to “take a hike” with us!