Sunday, November 25, 2012


Hi, Friends! Long time, no see! How the heck are ya? I’ve been one busy chica! Someone pressed fast forward on my calendar and clock over the last few weeks, so now that we’ve got some time to catch up, I thought I’d share a little of what we’ve been up to!

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We’ve spent time learning about where we live on the map! We had big fun creating these little cuties! We started by reading the book Me on the Map.  After a fun discussion, we drew mini self portraits, cut them out and created the first circle for a cover. On the cover, we listed our city. The next circle represents our state. The dark green circle represented our country and the last, our planet.

Admittedly, we like to doodle in Room 113. On each page of this fun little flipbook, we added a simple drawing to represent each of the spaces that we inhabit on the map.

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We also enjoyed A Cupcake Party while creating this fun little story map! I love our reading series. We have a lot of fun bringing the stories to life as we read! Who says anchor charts have to be square? =)

(Don’t shoot me, but see that little card in the bottom corner?)  It’s the E from our CAFE menu sign!  I left the acronym up for reference, but we’ve taken our CAFE board down.  I *LOVE*, absolutely *ADORE* the structure of Daily 5, BUT the CAFE menu wasn’t meaningful to my group of 6 year olds, so we’re making better use of that little piece of {wall} real estate.

We still use the strategies during think alouds, read alouds, and small group.

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What firstie doesn’t need to work on word sorts? Yep! We’ve been doing a little of that too! We had fun with a little play on words in the midst of the learning too! Get it? It’s a “Synonym Roll” and an “ANTonym”? One of my little girls giggled the ENTIRE afternoon after she realized what the play on words meant! It was just hilarious!

Another of my kiddos thought our cinnamon roll looked more like the top of a lollipop, but hey…we were out of brown butcher paper, so we had to work with what we had!  I passed out each of the word cards to friends at the carpet to read and discuss.  As each pair was called on, they had to read their set of words and the group blurted either “synonym” or “antonym”. Afterwards, their card was glued to correct chart.  THEN….

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….the ANTonym got hungry and took a bite out of the Synonym roll and we headed out to recess, lol!

We’re going to extend identifying synonyms with some sweet word work over the next week or so!  You can find this little set that we’re going to be digging into in my TPT shop ON SALE as part of the huge cyber Monday sale! Click the pic to head over and check it out!


If you’d like a sweet sample, leave a comment with your email address below! I’ll share a few synonym rolls with the first 3 friends that do.

Thanks for sticking around to check out my ramblings about this and that! Hope you had a yummy Thanksgiving!


  1. Yay! Cyber Monday is here!

    1. I know! So exciting...!!! Thanks for stopping by! =)

  2. Such cute synonym rolls! Happy Cyber Monday :)


    1. Thank you! I hope your kiddos will like them too! =)

  3. So adorable! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks! Hope you're enjoying a fantastic Cyber Monday! Thanks for stopping by! =)

  4. I love the way you taught about synonyms & antonyms. :-)

    Very cute.

  5. We had a great time! Lots of smiles and giggles! Thanks for stopping by! Today, we worked with Proper nouns, darling! Thanks for stopping by! =)

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