Friday, October 10, 2014

Spookley & Columbus: Peek at my Week! (Five for Friday Style!)

Each classroom in our building participates in a school-wide
anti-bully campaign and this year, we are using SPOOKLEY as our
special guest speaker!  After a very special lesson from our school counselor we decided to write Spookley a letter and tell him how amazing he is!
And our project wouldn't be complete without adding some special ART too!

Now the very same day we worked on this project, 
I received an email from the very lovely Jennifer White saying that I just WON her SPOOKLEY bundle
Friends, this unit is so COOL and I can't wait to do more with it!    Be sure to add it to your TPT carts!
Spookley the Square Pumpkin Book Companion
Now, up next-
We are FALLING into Close Reading in Room 102!
Close Reading for the Fall (14 Nonfiction Passages)
A very sweet "firstie friend" (Jessica Tobin) shared this unit with me and I am falling more & more in LOVE with CLOSE Reading!  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine my little first graders would be capable of handling such rigorous text- but I was the best possible way! This week, we took a very famous historical figure and got busy reading!

Day 1 of our Columbus Day Close Read:
Cold Read of the Passage & annotating interesting vocabulary with our yellow highlighters.

Day 2:
A Warm Read aloud & completing a graphic organzier of our 4 favorite words from the passage!  
This sweetie was so proud, she asked to share it with the class!

Day 3:
HOT read aloud & test-dependent questions.
We also used our orange highlighters to identify the main idea & key details.
Day 4:
Partner reading, Fact Finder Writing, and a Ship in a Bottle art project!

Now if you enjoyed any of these awesome activities, you will find them next in my Columbus Day Five for Friday!
Power Passages {Christopher Columbus} Fluency, Writing, Ar
The amazing Katie Knight has this FAB power passage unit for sale on TPT!  This baby is JAMMED-PACKED with C.C. goodness!  Click on the image to grab it!

Don't miss this great freebie! 

Columbus Day- Ship in a Bottle Freebie!
 Our art project was inspired by this!  Click on the image above for this adorable freebie from Teach-a-Roo!
Columbus Day Voyage
Click on the image above to download Jodi's awesome Freebie LOADED with great activities!
Columbus Day FREEBIE - ELA & Math CCSS Printables
Now if you have been following me awhile, you know that a week could NOT go by without some LISA MATTES goodness!
Click on the image above to grab her FABULOUS FREEBIE!
Well friends, that's all for now!
Stay tuned....SPIDERS are invading Room 102 next week!


  1. Your Spookley letters turned out so cute! Thank you for the Columbus Day product suggestions! XO

  2. It's ALL good! Julie--we have to be in the same building some year... I would love to collaborate with you.

  3. Your Spookleys turned out so stinkin' cute!!! Of course, your whole week looks amazing, as always. I'm in love with Jessica Tobin's Close Reading, too - we've just started using them, and they're just great. Glad to hear you had a great week, hon!!

    First Grade Fairytales

  4. I love your Spookleys! You have the best posts! I adore your focus board! Super impressive! Hugs my friend. :)

  5. Julie - do you have ANY IDEA how badly I need to squeeze the bejeezers out of you????
    Love. Love. Love.

  6. I love Spookley, love your adorable projects with them, and love the whole dang post! You are amazing!!!

    First Grade Smiles


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