Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Workshop Wednesday, Facebook Linky, New Spring Frames and a Freebie!

Happy Wednesday!
It's nice to say that. For a while this morning it felt like Monday to me. I was pleasantly surprised when my specials alarm on my phone went off at 10:35 reminding me that it was in fact Wednesday and not Monday! I took the last two days off with my sicky daughter. She had a pretty yucky cold and I thought she had pink eye.Thankfully she does not! I'm so glad she's feeling better now... I always feel so bad when my baby is sick.

Jessica from Ideas by Jivey is hosting a new weekly linky party! Her theme is Workshop Wednesday!
Today's topic is: What is your must-have in Writer's Workshop? While I completely forgot to take pictures of my notebooks, I can still give you an idea of what my notebooks are like because "tried" to model them after them AMAZING Beth Newingham. Her website and Scholastic Teacher blog are fantastic and are FULL of ideas which can be implemented in classrooms. If you've never heard of Beth, you MUST go see what she's all about. I don't know how one teacher does so much... and so successfully! Click the picture below to see how she does writer's workshop in her room. You should also bookmark her page and browse when you have time... there's SOOOOO much phenomenal information on her website and blog. Check her out today!

I also like to use the Lucy Calkins "Primary Units of Study" in my classroom as much as I can. Of course I have to elaborate a lot since much of it is written for new writers. On my list of teacher books to buy is her new book "Pathways to the Common Core".  With Common Core being fully implemented next year for 2nd grade next year, I think this will be an invaluable tool to have. 

I came across this awesome Facebook linky party today. If you have a Facebook page for you blog, be sure to link up and "like" other blogs' Facebook pages! Head on over to 1, 2, 3, Teach With Me to link up and "like" some new pages! 
We've made some new frames just in time for spring! I'm LOVING them right now, and I can't wait to create something with them! =) You can find them on our TPT store by clicking on the picture below. =) 

If you'd like two freebie frames to try out, click FREEBIE

Don't forget to enter our giveaway... there's just 3 days left to enter!! Click the picture below. =) 

Wooohooo... 2 days left of the work week!! Make it great!! 


  1. Thanks so much for linking up!! :) I love Lucy! LOL
    ideas by jivey

  2. I am a big fan of Lucy, and I still need to get my hands on her Pathways book!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Me too!! It's on the Summer reading wish list for me!! =)

  3. I have added the Pathways book to my wishlist too! Spring break reading? I need to check out Beth too! Thank you for the awesome info:) Have a great finish to your week!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. Spring Break reading? Probably not... more like Summer! =) Beth is AWESOME... she's a MUST see!

  4. Thanks for finding the FB linky party! Already linked up! Also, made a shout out for your great giveaway! Your frames are Ah-mazing!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. I'm happy it's Wednesday except for a while I thought it was Thursday. Just a little disappointed tomorrow isn't Friday!! LOL! You class sounds like mine...Beth Newingham, Pathways, and Lucy! I'm with you! Love the FB linky and the Workshop linky. Thanks for sharing!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

    1. That must have been disappointing, Gina!! It's Friday now... Wooohoo!!

  6. Love writer's workshop time. I have finally put all the pieces together. Lucy rocks! No facebook page :( Gotta get on that.
    My Second Sense

  7. Let us know when you have a FB page... we'll "like" you!!

  8. Thanks so much for the writing ideas and resources!
    I tried linking up for the Facebook linky but I am at school and was blocked...So I will do it from home!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe


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