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Only two more days of Summer School! Can I get an "AMEN!"? I am ready to sleep in and chill with my coffee. I know the students feel the same way, thus the d-r-a-g of my guided reading lessons today. Our summer school is set up into 2 two hour sessions. Kids can come for two hours or four hours. Most of our kiddos are from Title 1 and ELL buildings (My school has a large number of representatives.) Kids get a scholarship to attend, but they don't get to choose cool classes --- like Pool Party or Art Antics, they get stuck in a two hour (40 minute x 3 rotation) of Word Work, Guided Reading and Shared Reading. Then they are off to math or ELL. I teach six (yep, six) guided reading groups to struggling readers. It is P-A-I-N-F-U-L!!!
I have been trying to choose lots of good non-fiction with cool topics like football, Mexico, Crickets, and Rainforests. As you know I also have to throw in some fiction, but the selections are not nearly as awesome. Tomorrow we are wrapping up instruction and Thursday we are having a "beach" party. I will translate - kids getto read on beach towels in the library due to our predicted 104 degree temps. We eat popsicles too. I wonder if I get 6? or none since I am a teacher, that would be a bummer. I would settle for just one cherry popsicle!
On to my Freebie, I am trying to get my TPT store up and going so here's one of my favorites just for you! It's my scrabble letters from Scrappin Doodles. I ran these for my students so they could take a set home and use them with my Spelling BINGO homework. Enjoy! All I ask is that you look around, if you are a Harcourt Trophies user I have quiz-quiz-trade cards in the works for each story!
My first summer purchase was from Oriental Trading Company. I wanted to add to my Daily 5 Word Work choices. So I got these nearly perfect itty, bitty boggle games. They are officially called "Letter Games". I spent a whopping $2.99 per dozen!
I plan to go over to Really Good Stuff and go crazy, but I have been trying to keep under control until at least July. I am eyeing the letter stones for Word Work, are you noticing a theme??
I am also counting the minutes until Target switches over from outdoor furniture to
SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!! I know I must sound sick, but I just love going to Target and getting new crayons. The students at my school don't typically bring supplies. In order to make sure they have all that they need, I go shopping! I save up all my Target gift cards and my 5% prescription discount reward and SHOP!!! I seriously can't wait!
So I was content to keep my ocean/surfing theme for the fall. My daughters had me convinced, "Mom, the kids love the surfing stuff." I was ever so tempted by the Target dollar spot. They had foam swords, pirate tubs, and swashbuckling thank you notes. The girls persisted, "NO!! Walk away!" Then future little darlin' draws what he is excited about for second grade..... It's me in a pirate hat, with an eye patch!! It's like he is psychic! You know I cannot possibly disappoint this little one! Soooooo..... I have added pirates to my oceany room!
I found some great fabric at Wal-Mart to go on my "Words we Treasure" board. I made name tags, new word wall cards and bought a few items on Teachers Pay Teachers, and of course got some foam swords!! Here are a few of my purchases....