Five for Friday {12.4.2014}

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I am soooo excited!  I get to go to Brooke's school today and help with RIF!  Does your school have a RIF program?  (RIF stands for "Reading is Fundamental", and area businesses donate money so that each student gets to choose a book to keep.)  The books have been purchased, and tomorrow is the big giveaway day! I remember RIF from when I was in elementary school.  It was always so exciting to go pick out a free book, and I still have some of those RIF books (Henry's Purple Crayon, Tikki Tikki Tembo). However, none of the schools where I have taught have participated in RIF, so I assumed it no longer existed.  Therefore, I was surprised when my daughters started school and they came home with their free book once a semester!  It's funny... they get as excited about RIF days as my sister and I used to get! :)

This is one of the thirty-some-year-old books that I still have!  You can't tell from these photos, but it is quite tattered and pages are falling out.  I loved this book!
This is the RIF book that Brooke picked out!

I am excited about my two newest partner plays that got added to my 2nd-3rd grade bundle!  The Multiple Meaning Words set has an ELA focus, while the Science: Solids, Liquids, and Gases set has an obvious science focus!


I just have to share these amazing resources by Kelli Olsen!  I love reading Kelli Olson's blog posts (Tales of a Tenacious Teacher) because they are so informative and she shares such fabulous, creative lesson ideas and describes how they worked in her classroom.  Seriously, I have thought so many times that I would love to be a fly on the wall of her classroom!  

As many of you know, I love flipbooks!  
Well, check this nonfiction text feature flipbook out!  :)


And look at these matching posters!

Aren't they cool!  I will be purchasing these when I return to the classroom!

If you haven't visited Rachel's (A Tall Drink of Water) blog, you'll want to head over there and enter her giveaway!  She has been giving away some fabulous freebies this week, too!

Christmas cards... I have a love-hate relationship with them!  I love receiving cards and pictures in the mail from distant friends and family who I have not seen in years, but I hate the chore of doing them myself.  I have been crawling through this process for over a week now- writing the letter one day, printing them the next, ordering the photos another day... stuffing the envelopes, printing labels, fixing labels to the envelope, licking the envelope- each task took place on a different day... it's a good thing I got an early start!!  Anyway, I have two tasks remaining- stamping the envelopes and delivering them to the post office.  It's my goal to accomplish both tasks in one day and have the job done for another year by Saturday!  :)

Well, that wraps up my week!  Don't forget to stop by Upper Elementary Snapshots and download the freebies each day!


  1. Deb, you sure know how to make a girl feel good!!! Thank you SO much for the shout out... I can easily say that the feeling is reciprocated... you're anchor charts and corresponding activities AMAZE me and CONSTANTLY inspire what I do in my room. I love your EL lens... it's so helpful for me and my students. When you return to the classroom, let me know and I'll just send you a copy of each :)

  2. Wow - so many good things to know and all in one place! I love that flipbook - what a great idea!

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  3. Thanks for the shout out girl! I actually enjoy the Christmas card process! I'm a little weird and totally ok with it! LOL!

    A Tall Drink of Water