Five for Friday

The second week of school brought back one of my favorite elements in my classroom.  This space is perfect for informally tracking data and recognizing students.  The kids love it and they quickly begin to take on more ownership for their learning because they want their name on the board and the class scores to go up.

I have made an attempt at differentiating my spelling lessons for several years but I have never felt like it was as organized and comprehensive as I would like.  This past summer, I came across Teaching Clubhouse's Differentiated Spelling Unit.  It was EXACTLY what I had envisioned as the perfect program for my students.  We just finished week one and it is definitely teacher and student approved!
These glue sponges have been a monumental addition to my classroom.  The inspiration for this idea was courtesy of Kindergarten Smorgasboard.  I had to make a couple of modifications to make them work for my lil' pups.  The containers I had were deeper than what I thought they would be so I had to stack two sponges in the container so that the kids' hands were not having to reach so far into the container to reach the glue.  I expected the sponges to work great but I had no idea how much of a positive impact it would make on my classroom.  I have gone two weeks without having to shove a paperclip into the top of a clogged glue bottle during the middle of has been nothing short of a miracle!
Another highlight of our week was beginning math station games.  We began with a few games from Teacher's Clubhouse's Dealing with Math Homework Unit that I plan to use as homework this year.  I wanted to make sure that my lil' pups learned to play the game correctly and got plenty of supported practice before they took the game home to play.  
I just place these adorable pictures in the mall to my parents.  Hopefully, they will bring as big of a smile to their faces as they did to mine.
Be sure to check out how other teachers spent their week at Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday Linky Party.  
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  1. A glue sponge... what a great idea!!! Those pictures of your students are absolutely adorable!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  2. Thinking about trying the glue sponge idea.


  3. So how do the students become a place value STAR? I think that is a super cute idea!
    Southern Fried Teachin’


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