Friday, October 18, 2013

Five For a Fabulous Friday!

I just love autumn.  It is definitely my favorite time of the year, and I feel so blessed to see another fall.  Today we had a wet and messy day.  It was the kind of day that I would have loved to have been at home, curled up on the couch with my crochet.  Instead, we had a great day at school doing some things that I love:  reading! 

Today I have finally gathered together my 5 for Friday to link up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs.  To be completely honest, these 5 are not all from this week. They are actually from each week that I had great intentions of linking up, but didn't for one reason or another.  Anyway, I hope you might find something useful or helpful below.

We have been using several different graphic organizers for reading.  This is one that my students enjoyed.  It can be found in my Graphic Organizers for Common Core Reading Literature .  This graphic organizer is a great way for me to see if the students truly understand the vocabulary.
We have been focusing on problem and solution.  This is another graphic organizer from my packet that my students completed.  Once the students completed the graphic organizer, I had them to fold it and glue it into their reading journals.  Then on the outside, they wrote the name of the story, the author, the main character, and the setting.  They also drew a picture of the main character. 


Once again, here is another graphic organizer that we have used. 

One topic that I really enjoy teaching is genres.  We have been focusing on the genre of folktales.  This is an anchor chart that I created to help the students distinguish between different types of folktales.  The students have referred to this anchor chart many times over the past couple of weeks.

I absolutely love Pinterest.  I know that I could get a lot more housework accomplished if it wasn't for this little addiction that I have to this site.  I have several Pinterest boards that I would love to invite you to follow.  I have created a collaborative Pinterest board for upper elementary teachers that has been growing each day, and I've been so impressed with the great ideas that the collaborators to this board have been pinning.  Drop by and take a look to follow!

Teaching Upper Elementary Collaborative Pinterest Board.  Follow for great ideas for upper elementary!
Be blessed!


  1. Whoa!!! Hi Kelly! :) I can't believe I am just now noticing your new blog design! It is amazing!! I love your graphic organizers and folktale anchor chart. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. Thank you, Holly! I'm glad that you like my new blog design. I am thrilled with it, too!


  2. Great post! Thanks for the great ideas! I'm going to make your anchor chart when I go back to work next week. :o)

    1. Thank you! I'm glad that you like the anchor chart well enough to want to make on of your own!


  3. Hi Kelly,
    I love, love the vocabulary graphic organizer. I like how you can do more than one word on a page. Fabulous. I'm your newest follower and glad I found your blog tonight. Here is a link to mine.
    Stephanie from Principal Principles

  4. Love your anchor charts! I wish mine came out that cute!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  5. Really like the anchor chart for types of folk tales. Very clear and easy for kids to follow. That would be great to add to reading journals.
    Crockett's Classroom