Sunday, April 14, 2013

Seven for Sunday?

I know I know. I completely missed "Five for Friday" so I changed it to "Seven for Sunday" just for this week! I'm still linking up with Doodle Bugs for "Five for Friday".

AND I get to share TWO extra things that we did this week! Maybe "Seven for Sunday" might catch on? ;)

#1 Alright. First off we have been doing our Kevin Henkes author study. I used my "Kevin Henkes Author Study" packet for 2 weeks and then my students made a cute author study folder to house everything that we did.

#2 In writing we worked on making sure our stories had a strong beginning, middle, and end. And Cara Carroll posted a great crafttivity that goes along with the book "Hey, Little Ant". Click on the book cover to go get the freebie from Cara.

The end of this story is left up to the reader. So the students had to come up with their own ending. Would the little boy step on the ant or let it go? I loved my students endings! Especially this one.

The boy thought about it. Then he started to put down his foot but the ant wasn't there anymore. He figured out that while he was thinking the ant scampered off. She explained that her ending was neither! Can we say gifted and talented? She is an "outside of the box" thinker!

Here are some more cute endings!

 The ant had a point. So he lets him go. But the boys still there watching him go away.

 I think he should squish the ant because ants steal my food when I'm having a picnic. They also get on my nerves. I put my shoe on. HA! Get on her nerves?

The boy said to his friends not to crush, squish, and kill the ants because the ants have a life too. what if you were killed? Then the little boy went home and didn't kill the ant.

#3 I had to include this cute, little note. What the heck? There was more to it and pretty much it boiled down to two of my friends having an argument because one of them wouldn't help the other do the monkey bars at recess. Hey, at least they were writing? :)

#4 I have been working on calendar headers and calendar days. I am so excited to say I am finished! The calendar headers are FREE in my TpT store. Click on the picture to go there. And if you want to purchase the calendar days, they are also in my TpT store. They are individually posted for $1 a set. I am working on putting them into one big bundle, BUT I'm having trouble figuring out how to reduce the size of the file. I have it down to 114MB but it needs to be 100MB. If you have any ideas, please share! I've tried everything.

#5 I saved this one for last because it is a bittersweet moment of the week. I have a student in my class this year that has been very challenging. He is a behavior problem in the classroom and finally this week it has been decided that he will be moved to another school so that he can be in a behavior unit that can give him what he needs. I will have one more week with him and then he will start at his new school on Monday, April 22. It has been a hard year for him, his parents, me, our assistant principal, and many others. I am happy to see him go somewhere that can meet his needs. I pray that this behavior unit will help him stay under control and give him the support to help him succeed.

#6 and #7 have to do with my weekend. I am in North Dallas and our weather has finally started to become B-E-A-U-TIFUL! So we took our pups, Stella and Allie, to a dog park by our house. They are both passed out as I'm writing this post. Love it! Here is Allie on our way home. Happy and pooped!

 #7 And of course, you cannot end an afternoon at the dog park WITHOUT a large cherry limeade! Yum!

PHEW! Did you make it to the end of the post? If you did, good for you! Leave a comment and I will randomly pick someone to choose an item from my store! I will choose tonight at 9pm (CST) before I go to bed! 

Winner chosen by the random number generator (aka the husband) Sara from Polkadot Kinder, you are the winner! Sending you an email right now!


  1. Ashley... I love your "Hey, Little Ant" writings. I was going to do it, too, but 2nd grade uses that story, so I guess I won't. I know how much I dislike hearing "We did this already in Kindergarten!" so I don't want to do that to 2nd. Ha! Keep up the great work!

    1. Katina, when I emailed out to the staff to see if anyone had the book, 2nd grade had it. Oh well! :)

  2. I saw Cara's post about this activty a few weeks ago. Your kiddo's turned out cute! I can't wait to use it when we do our insect unit. Our weather has been GORGEOUS this weekend too! It will be hot down here before we know it though : ( Now I'm craving me a Sonic drink...Monday morning pit stop???

    For the Love of First Grade

    1. You go girl with your Monday morning pit stop! My Monday morning pit stop is always chick-fila. Love their chicken minis!

  3. That note is too cute! I'm jealous of your weather! Snowing and sleeting here in Minnesota :(
    Polka Dot Kinders

  4. love your seven for sunday! Hope you little friend does good at his new school.

  5. Love those books! I just got home and saw this post :( bummer! I have a random generator at home too! (He told me he was going to get me a bingo hopper and I can pick my own "number")
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids


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