Week one was a blur of
Slash hasn't changed one bit!!!!!
During week two, I started my summer reading stack. My amazing friends at #wecantputbooksdown have been recommending the best new YA lit and my pile is massive. I can't wait to share these new books with next year's 5th graders.
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I've already finished the whole Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (definitely recommend these to your Harry Potter fans) and Booked by Kwame Alexander.
Booked is now my second favorite read this year, next to Pax - it's amazing! Your sports loving boys will actually read this novel in verse, I promise!
If you're not following our wecantputbooksdown instagram page - you need to!!! We share anything and everything that promotes the love of reading!
During week two I also began thinking about decor for next year's classroom. Yikes, I know. But I can't help it!! I loooooove decorating a new classroom each year and making it a fun, exciting place to learn for my new students.
First on my list was updating my word wall cards. I have 6 bulletin boards in my classroom and I dedicate 3 of them to word walls. Academic vocabulary is so crucial for students to master and after we are immersed in these ELA, Math and Common Core Critical Verbs and Nouns, my kiddos constantly refer back to these words to use them in their writing and discussions.
My classroom colors are black, white (zebra print) and lime green. But I also have word wall sets available in bright chevrons and polka dots, rainbow colors, nautical colors, black & white, animal print or no backgrounds at all (great for conserving printer ink).
Plus, super easy bulletin boards! Just my style! Hang up a heading banner (I have tons of FREE ones available in my TPT store - just scroll down the page, they are near the bottom), post the vocabulary cards as they're taught, and that's it - a year long, interactive, useful bulletin board.
Week 3 of summer break called for a trip up north, along with most of the people in Michigan. We've been tubing ever since.
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