Organizing Community Supplies with a Back to School Giveaway!

I'm trilled to be teaming up with so many fabulous fellow teacher bloggers to give you an inside look at the favorite part of our classrooms and of course, a giant back to school giveaway!!!  Be sure to enter for your chance to win gift cards to Target, Hobby Lobby, The Container Store and Really Good Stuff, as well as Sterilite storage and Wall Pops at the end of this post!

Today I'm taking a look into how I organize community supplies in my classroom! If you're looking to make the switch to community supplies, I highly recommend it in a primary setting. I believe more than just the connivence of not having to worry about students losing any personal materials- especially when you're just about to start one of your super crafty projects ha!- it promotes social skills. All year long students need to work together to share the supplies and my personal favorite- *organize* them. :) Over the course of the year, I see them take pride in and become responsible for their materials, which is something very valuable at a young age... or any age rather. 

Just a few tips and tricks to get started!! Community supplies starts on day one. In my welcome letter, I provide families with information on how to have a great first day back. This includes letting them know specifically HOW to pack their student's supplies and informing them that I will be collecting them for community use. I know, you're probably thinking this girl is *nuts*!! But trust me, after my first day of teaching ever, I still have nightmares of all the time I spent collecting the supplies. This will make it seamless! More over, I also believe it's important to notify parents before school begins that you will be collecting them for community use, since they are the ones supplying the materials after all. 

In case you're wondering, my letter states to put all the crafty items to be collected in a large gallon size zip lock bag with their child's name (glue, crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors and erasers etc.). These can be collected and you or a parent volunteer can separate them into bins at a later date. I store these bins will all the supplies on top of my cubbies for easy access. All other materials (folders, binder, notebooks, etc.) I have the students come up table by table to put in bins themselves to show them where they will be stored around the room. This helps them create a map of where to find things! As they come up, I check to make sure their name is on everything. If not, I have labels with their names pre-made.

Last year was the first year our school had an open house. I decided to give families the option to bring and drop off their student's supplies at the Open House so that I didn't have to spend time collecting them on the first day. I set up bins in the front of the room with labels for the students to place the supplies in themselves. You can click on the picture to get the labels for FREE! This was amazing and I am thrilled to know our school will be hosting an Open House again this year! Here is a link to my Open House blog post from last year. Be on the lookout for one coming soon- with a Giving Tree Apple supplies tag freebie!

If you are collecting supplies on the first day however, it's a good idea to already have community bins prepared at each table. I have also found that keeping a bin with pencils separate from the crafty supplies is most effective. That way if the students are completing work or an activity in which they don't need the remaining supplies, you can simply remove it from the table to allow for more space.

Another important trick I found this year is keeping the colored pencils and markers in their box in the bin. This allowed students to ensure they still have each color and they can easily access and find other materials in the bin (scissors and erasers).

I find that after a month or two, the markers will need replacing and the crayons and color pencils may need to be replenished. This is of course one of the most exciting events in our classroom! LOL! Miraculously their coloring and work becomes neater... that is until they need replenishing and replacing again. You know the deal!

I usually use this as an incentive in the classroom. I tell them if they are showing responsibility with their materials, they are showing me they can handle getting new ones. :)

Community supplies in our classroom extends to more than just the supplies we use to color and cut with. It also moves into the materials we need throughout our day. This includes our math notebooks, writer's workshop folders, FUNdations materials and so on!

In order to manage these supplies, I have a team table captain (one student from each table), who is responsible for going to get the bin and bringing it to the table or retrieving supplies from the table drawers.  This is just another way to promote leadership, responsibility and organization in your classroom. It is the perfect classroom management routine as well. I am sure many of you have something similar to this. :)

A tip to managing the team table captains is that I select the same students in the corresponding seats at each table. For example, if you are sitting on the left side, facing the window, each spot that matches that direction at each table will be the team table captain for the week. Then I move clockwise from there. This give students a routine and expectation for when it is their turn and limits the amount of times your will receive, "when is it my turn?" Haha! Once each person has been team table captain at the table, that means it's time to move seats!

In addition to the supplies at their tables, I also have a supplies station. This will give students access to anything their table may be in the need of, as well as additional materials they may not necessarily need all the time (i.e. stapler, paperclips...for math games ironically ha!, highlighters, pens (indoor recess specialty), etc.).

I also have a pencil drop bin for any pencils that need sharpening. In full disclosure, I have a tight grip on my pencil sharpener. Only I am allowed to use it at the moment. Guilty....

I typically place the supplies station near my writer's workshop paper selection as I feel that it flows nicely. I will be moving my math center as you can see here so stay tuned for updates to my classroom.

Below you can find how each supply has it's own space in my room.

 If you're looking to purchase supplies to help organize community supplies in your classroom, I will share with you where I found some goodies! Below to the left are my supplies bins. I purchased them at Michael's... with a coupon and teacher discount of course. The taller bins are last season from Big Lots and the labels are from Maria Manore Gavin's Editable Labels set. You can find them here. They come in the smaller size seen in the picture below, as well as the larger size seen on my teal drawers from Target.

I also found some great materials from the Dollar Spot at Target and Dollar Tree that were featured earlier in the blog post. Be on the look out!

When purchasing materials or organizing student materials, I do my best to color code to match the bins. This helps the organization and management as well since students know where to return supplies based on color!

Who doesn't love Target?! I have contributed at $25 gift card to Target for our Back to School Giveaway! There you will be able to find great community supplies management tools in the dollar spot, as well as the Sterilite drawers.  Plus, I have also seen some great school supplies steals in early September when everything goes on sale!! I have scored post-its for as low as 30 cents! :)

Hop on over to the other blogs to get a look into their classrooms and for additional entries to our giveaway!!!!

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Math Tools and Models to Support Numeracy and Math Literacy

How many of you have gotten this response when your math curriculum asks your students, "Solve this problem and show me your thinking."? If you're raising your hand and laughing... you're not alone! Even I have gotten my fair share of those answers and as cute as they are- because my word they are too cute and one of the many reasons I love the primary grades :) - what are we going to do about it?

When conferring with students in math workshop, one of my favorite questions when they are working is "pick your tool or model show me how you're using it." This requires students to use a conceptual understanding of the math skill in order for them to demonstrate whether they know how to use the tool or model. This is ultimately the mathematical literacy we are all now striving to achieve in our classrooms. It also encompass many of the CCSS Standards for Mathematical practice. 

I'm not sure about you but I am always looking for a way to spice up my math workshop games and centers! Math tools and manpulatives are an easy and effective way to support engagement and mathematical literacy. Math is a subject that is so important to foster a positive growth mindset at an early age. Over the years I've collected some fun and engaging tools that support my math instruction that I'm excited to share with you!!

Before I do, there is something I would like to share with you that I learned after recently attending a Mathematics in the City summer institute in NYC. The presenter brought to my attention something that has completely transformed the way I think about math manipulatives. Ultimately, there is a difference between math tools and math models.  A math tool is a physical object that a student can manipulate to help them solve a problem. I like to think of this as your typical math manipulative. For example, dice, calculators, pattern blocks, base ten blocks, money, etc. 

Here are some of my favorite math tools and where you will be able to purchase them!

One of my personal and kid favorites are my jumbo double dice from Lakeshore! They are a great way to differentiate your centers. I have purchased a few sets of double dice before and this is my favorite because both sets of dice are large enough for not only our tiny finger in primary land but also so that both sets of dice are large enough to see. :) You can find them here

 A calendar favorite is definitely our magnetic tens frames to build the calendar date each month. We also use the green and blue dots to make various partterns each month throughout the year. It is the perfect way to build fluency with composing numbers through 30-31. These particular colors are discontinued however, they still have them in red and blue. You can find them here.

We also have magnetic money and base ten blocks. Each day we add one penny and one "one." Their magnetic ability makes it easy to manipulate on the board during our discussions when we may need to regroup or make a different combination of coins. Plus lets be honest, anything magnetic is more fun!  You can find them here.
I also keep quite the collection of Target Dollar spot erasers so that they can be changed from season to season. At the start of the year, they may simply be used as counters to represent numbers. Then we transition to becoming fluent composing and decomposing numbers 0-20 and eventually we link this to addition with two or more addends. Tens frames and counters also make a great visual for subtraction.  

 Two math manipulatives that are always such a hit are magnetic numbers and magnetic dominoes! They grew to become so popular that they turned into indoor recess games rather than just "math centers." :) The magnetic numbers can be used at the beginning of the year to order and compare numbers when counting. Eventually we used them to make up our own addition problems to solve on the white board. This is a great center than can be easily differentiated based on the numbers given to the students or the number of digits to add (ed. double and/or triple digit addition). Its important to teach into the concept that these are a TOOL not a TOY. Ha! I won't be shy in admitting that we usually need this reminder more than a *few* times. :)  They can be purchased here.

The magnetic dominoes are my newest addition and I'm still coming up with some effective ways to use them in my classroom. If you come up with any ideas, don't hesitate to comment below! As of now we use them to compare numbers, part-part- whole addition problems as well as to build fact families! You can find these on Scholastic Reading Club and purchase them with your teaching points. :) 

Unifix cubes are a great tool for one-to-one correspondence as well as a visual aid for addition!

Foam dice in an assortment of sizes are a teacher favorite because of how quietly they roll. Ha! These pictured here can be found at Five Below. I have also purchased smaller versions at the Dollar Tree. I am currently on the hunt for dice with dry erase sides... wish me luck!

 These number cards here are a part of our tool kit from Everyday Mathematics. They are a great tool for subitizing. I have also purchased tens frames cards from Lakeshore that can be seen here. It is also easy to print pictures of tens frames on card stock, cut and make your own cards if you are looking to be savvy with your money. :)
Jenga and cup stacking is not necessarily a math tool but a great way to practice math facts.  If you are looking to see how I use these games below in math centers, please read my previous post here

I love providing students with ample opportunities to practice using manipulatives in an engaging way. While there may be times where students interact with manipulatives without a worksheet, I believe sometimes it is important to have an accountability piece. I have created a Math Games Bundle aligned to the CCSS for first grade that allows students to practice math skills with manipulatives. These are the perfect centers to use all year long! They can be found in my TPT store here

Now that you are up to date on math tools, lets transition to math models. A math model on the other hand shows structure. It demonstrates student thinking in an organized way. For example, tens frames model numbers and have a structure of ten. Math racks or rekenreks are another great math model that can be purchases with different structures based on what grade level you teach (structures of 5, 10 and 20). Number bonds and part-part whole models various number compositions. Tallies, dots, number lines and hundreds grids model number space. They are focused on the distance between numbers- which is less and which is more.   

I have created math maths to be used as reusable math models to build math literacy in the classroom. I plan to print them on card stock, laminate them and place them in pocket protectors. When I teach a specific skill, I will teach into each model as a strategy to solve and model one's thinking. Then I will add them to our math center in a place where students can access them whenever they need during math workshop. 

This is the perfect mat for students to organize their base ten blocks when adding two digit numbers. It will allow them to organize and visualize the different places and their values.

Tens frames are perfect for subitizing, number recognition, combinations of ten, decomposing numbers, adding two or three addends, modeling subtraction and of course modeling numbers and their value.

Open number lines are perfect for modeling adding and subtracting single and two digit numbers, comparing numbers, skip counting and finding the distance between numbers.

Number bonds are perfect for number composition which eventually leads to addition and subtraction. They can be filled with numbers or manipulatives in order to help with one-to-one correspondence, hierarchical inclusion of a number (aka 1 and 2 fits inside 3- think of the Russian dolls :) ). This is a great tool for numeracy and that numbers have values when connected to real objets or measures

You can find these in color and black and white in my TPT store HERE

When teaching math in the primary grades, it's important that we must remember the math is not in the tool or the model. Therefore, we can not just give students a tool or model and expect they know how to use it. We must provide opportunities for students to mathematize the tools and models. This is just a big fancy word for teach into the math. Then you must provide opportunities for them to contextualize it. In other words- When is it appropraite to use this model? In what context? 

In order to do this, I spend time in the beginning of the year exploring the tools by asking questions, "what do you notice?" or "What do you see?" Then once students are using them to solve problems, I move to asking, "Did anyone do/see anything different? or "How could that help you?" I also create anchor charts for the different tools/model we can use to solve addition and subtraction problems. Eventually these questions and strategies will lead your students to be able to respond to the "show me your thinking."  

The Teacher Anchor

I'm thrilled to share with you this year's Teacher Anchor from the 2016 C. Jayne Teach Collection! If you are not already familiar with the gorgeous eye candy that is C. Jayne Teach, all your teacher dreams are about to come true! :) Chandra, the extremely talented former K-1 teacher, current college professor and mamma of 2, has an eye for designing effective products that can be used in the classroom. A few years ago, she launched her own company with the hope that she could help teachers become more efficient and organized as they balance lesson planning, student progress monitoring, student information and classroom routines. Chandra's ultimate goal with the Teacher Planner was to make each day count! :) I don't know about you but I have been through my fair share of lesson planners and I can promise you, this one is the golden egg! As we already know, there is something to be said about a products that are created by teachers and for teachers.  Keep reading below and ENTER to WIN a 2016 Teacher Anchor!

The Teacher Anchor is an 8"x11" spiral bound planner with a study laminate cover featured in two colors this year- a sweet swiss dot pattern and a vivid rainbow stripe. It's is the perfect size to travel with you around the classroom, to faulty meetings, IEP meetings and two and from school each night without feeling like you're taking your *whole classroom* home with you. I owe Chandra big time because I finally downsized my teacher bag!! 

My favorite feature of The Teacher Anchor and what ultimately sets it apart from others in its class is that it is *not* only a lesson planner. It is divided into five sections: classroom information, monthly calendars, weekly calendars, student log and blackline masters. What also always comes in handy is also the two pocket folder that is nicely tucked away at the end of the planner. It's home to any important handouts that need to be easily referred to. 

The classroom information section is where you can find birthday celebration planners, classroom volunteer forms, parent communication and contact forms, emergency contact and procedural forms (perfect to keep for subs), allergy records and more! The monthly calendar features July 2016 - June 2017 and the weekly calendar is 46 pages of blank lesson plan grids. My favorite feature is that the lesson plan grid can be used vertically or horizontally to fit your needs- an upgrade from last year! 

The beauty of the Teacher Anchor is not only its bold color, clean layout and metallic print, but that so much thought has been put into each last detail! The blackline masters include all the "extras" that have now become such an important part of the daily grind as a teacher. It features everything from pre/post test checklists, small group/individual conferencing forms, pull our services log, IEP goal tracking, parent meeting notes, sight word tracker, running record informational log, guided reading lesson plan templates to fit your needs, substitute teacher outlines and more! 

I use the pre/post test checklists to hold all my math data and the conferencing forms to plan out my small strategy groups for readers, writers and math workshop. It helps me to easily progress monitor each kiddo! The guided reading lesson plans have multiple options for your needs, whether you are someone who is more comfortable writing more thorough plans or just need a quick few bullets. To be honest, I copy and use both depending upon my group. :) I love that I can copy all of these and also tuck them away into The Teacher Anchor binder for safe keeping. 

The Running Record Informational Log is the perfect cover page to your student's running records and DRAs. I binder-clip all their reading assessments together, adding to it over the course of the year, and use this as my cover page for each student. It helps keep me organized and allows me to be ready to share to parents at parent teacher conferences.

Now, on to the best part!!! I'm so excited to share with you a chance to WIN your very own Teacher Anchor and a 20% off coupon code for you to purchase a Teacher Anchor Binder if you desire!! Enter by midnight on Thursday, May 5th! I will announce the winner over the weekend. 
*Please note, you must complete all the entries below in order for you to have a chance to win.*

Thanks and happy C. Jayne Teach shopping! :) xoxo

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Groundhog's Day, Valentine's Day, President's Day, 100th Day, Dr. Seuss... We haven't been busy at all!

  PHEW! I am still catching my breath from this past month over here... and maybe a few extra hours of sleep. :) But we MADE IT.. almost...  Even though it's the shortest and most eventful month of the school year, which can be exhausting, I'm thankful for it because it allows for more opportunities for meaningful thematic cross curricular integration. 
Groundhog's Day is the perfect opportunity for some review of graphing skills. The first grade CCSS math standards require students to transfer data into a bar graph. I find the more opportunities to practice this whole class, the more my students find success in meeting that standard. This year's data was particular interesting because most of my students anticipated Phil to see his shadow however, it was all the rage that he shocked us with no shadow. 

Our school celebrates Kindness Week the week of Valentine's day by hosting a school spirit week. Each day we wear a different color to show our kindness... green for the earth, yellow to brighten someone's day, blue to keep calm and kindness on and of course red to show love for others. It's a great way to build community with our class and among the whole school. We spent time discussing the topic of kindness in morning meeting and even read a few read alouds surrounding the message of kindness. Lastly, each class spends time writing a class kindness book that is entered into a school wide Kindness Book contest. Our 4th grade student council officers then vote on their favorite book.

Our class quickly noticed the common central message surrounding the read alouds. That being, kindness is contagious and can have a "circle effect" as one of my firsties called it. :) Therefore, our class decided  to spend time writing about what makes our hearts "full" because when our hearts are full, kindness follows. I was so proud of their thinking and coming up with this idea!! It paired nicely with Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to LOVE as he inspired us with kindness quotes of so many famous people. You can find the book here.  You can also find the fabulous idea and "My Heart if Full" printable from the fabulous Anna Brantley from Crazy for First Grade here. 

We spent time thinking about what makes our parents happy by making them a Valentine's Day coupon book. I was surprised to see how seriously my kiddos took the job of coming up with great ideas and of course... keeping this coupon book a secret. You can find this printable in my store here

One of my absolute FAVORITE Valentine's Day projects year after year are these cuties!!!! You better watch out, this love monster just may steal your heart.... or "suck your blood" in the words of my firstie. HA! The kiddos always have such a great time creating a personalized monster. The colored sacks are from Michaels in the party favor section and the Love Monster printables are from The Teacher Wifey here. My favorite part is that they are strong enough to hold all their valentines and withstand the adventures home on the bus. :) 

And now on to President's Day! Our year is spent discussing community in all shapes and sizes for our social studies curriculum. The beginning of the year is spent exploring it on a smaller scale as we discuss our class community, before moving to our school community and lastly our town. Focusing on the town fits in nicely with maps/geography. The holidays allow us to explore our family communities and traditions. Come February, we can now gain a strong understanding of our country and who is in charge of that community of people in terms of the entire world. 

We started by identifying and listing the roles of a President. As we read and discussed, we found that their job is much like the leaders we aim to be in school each and everyday. :) We teachers LOVE that reminder anytime we can get it haha!

I was amazed by how much background knowledge my kiddos had on previous presidents.. kuddos to their preschool and kinder teachers!!! They were able to name every president on this anchor chart (with a few hits for good 'ole Teddy Roosevelt!) We spent a great deal of time learning about Abe and George as we tied it in with our Reader's Workshop curriclum of comparing and contrasting nonfiction texts. These great presidents are perfect for comparing and contrasting because there are so many similarities in their life despite living in two different time periods. This of course had them eager and engaged!!

 One of their favorite facts about Abe was that he not only lived in but built log cabins... how COOL?! We spent some time crafting log cabins of our own. :) 

In just 4 days we went from Valentine' Day to President's Day to the 100th Day *AND* parent teacher conferences. PHEW! Is your head spinning yet? It was for me at that point but looking back now it's nice reflecting on all that we learned in such a short period of time.

My kiddos already know my favorite day of each and every year is the 100th day. If you don't already know, I am obsessed with math.... doing it, learning it, teaching it.... the whole shibang! :) I love doing math ALL DAY LONG... and making it fun of course. 

In full disclosure, I could not have pulled it off without the help of so many inspiring teachers out there who helped me come up with a full day of fun and so many parent volunteers in my class that helped supply supplies, prep the supplies and join us in the classroom that day to help things run smoothly.

In the past, the first grade team at my school has the kiddos do a 100th day project at home to hang in the halls (including me when I went to school there :)). I can remember doing a Skittle rainbow like it was yesterday. This year a few teams and I decided to switch it up by having a 100th day t-shit fashion show. If you haven't already done this, I HIGHLY recommend it. It was an absolute BLAST! We had a "red carpet" and student audience all along it. We played the cupid shuffle and had each kiddo say their name and explain their t shirt before strutting their stuff down the isle. 

It was such a trip I tell you. Our door was opened and all the teachers and students kept poking their heads in to see what all the fun was about! :) It was a great opportunity to build classroom community and practice our speaking and listening skills. 

After the fashion show we did a few 100th Day read alouds. This works like a charm for calming the class down. 

Then it was on to the main event. When it comes to teaching math everyday, I am a huge supporter of math centers that incorporate student choice. They get the kiddos up and moving and engaged in what they want to do in order to meet an objective. I was so thankful for Cara Carroll from The First Grade Parade for sharing her math centers. I was able to use so many of her great ideas. 

 She posted a bunch of 100th Day center freebies that you can find here. I was able to use and recreate some of them to address first grade standards and my student's needs. 

When setting up the centers, I allow students to choose and rotate freely around the room. I ask parents to volunteer and help at stations I feel the kiddos will need most assistance with. One of course being the class Froot Loop Necklace. This also has a punch card so that students can refer to to find what can be found at each center. 

I don't know about you but my class always goes CRAZY when we take the "dollar" out at calendar when counting the days of school. Bless their innocent hearts for realizing a dollar can only get you so much these days.... which gets me thinking how cool would it be next year to explore the difference between what you could have gotten for a dollar 100 years ago comared to now. *Mental note. :) The Dollar Exhange center allows students to practice making all the different ways to make a dollar.
This ADORABLE center idea from Cara Carrol stole my heart! I knew the kiddos would love it that much too. We even had fancy Crayola glitter markers for making tallies EXTRA special. :)

Another great idea I found on Pinterest was using a 1-0-0 to make a picture. I knew this would get my kiddos thinking out of the box a little. They are so artistic this year! They were able to come up with better ideas than I could.

The crowd please was of course our 100th Day Crowns!!!! This goodie dates all the way back to my student teaching days where my fabulous cooperating teacher taught me all about this wonderful idea.  :) So thankful for her. The kiddos place 10 stickers on 10 colored strips. Whallahh! Easy as that!

A great "resting" center or "early finisher" center is the 100 book challenge. Throughout the day we try to read 100 books together as a class. You teach the kiddos to record the title after they are finished reading a book from the library.

Our last center is a great reflection for both the kiddos and myself as a teacher.. "100 Days Smarter." Cara you are a genius for coming up with this one! Before beginning the centers, I model this center by listing some of the topics we learned about this year and then ask for volunteer reponses before having them come up to the anchor chart at any point during the day to list their own. It truly alows the firsties to reflect on all that they learned. It also helps me to see which topics they rmemebered/liked most for future planning. :) Hehe! We teachers are so sneaky!

 By the end of the day we all looked like wild and crazy firsties with 100 ALL over us!

Now on to March....

This week we started all things Seuss. Ma' man Seuss is just about the coolest guy I know! He has such a way with words that makes just about any kiddo laugh ... and your tongue tired!  He is all sorts of literary genius. What other way can we seamlessly practice real vs. nonsense words, rhyme, alliteration and onomatopoeia?! Which I might add goes hand in hand with our reader's and writer's workshop unit on poetry this month! 

Before jumping into the unit, we spent time learning about Dr. Seuss as an author and illustrator with the help of our Scholastic News weekly reader. I am so thankful our district subscribes as they tie in perfectly! I'm not sure about you but one common trend among first graders is that they spend SO much time on their writing in writer's workshop but when it comes to publishing, they are in such a rush to be done that sometimes some friends leave what I call "white spaces"...large white spaces. :) Which is not to say they are not artistic, because trust me... I'm about to start having some of them make some anchor charts. My thinking is that in writer's workshop they forget how important publishing is to the writing process. Therefore I was so thankful the video that goes along with the weekly reader focused on how long it took Dr. Seuss to get his words and pictures just right. It's amazing how much they aspire to be like real authors and illustrators. 

This directed drawing from creative The First Grade Blue Skies helped to practice how important illustrations can be when publishing. The kiddos also get extra direction following practice and can learn about seeing things from different perspectives. 

We focused on The Lorax this past week as it had a great author's message. We made text-to-world connections when reading it and also practiced/review letter writing by writing letters to the Onceler.  I loved the way their voice shined through in their writing. You can see just how much of an affect the author's message made on these kiddos. :) Perfect for the start of spring too!

This past week we also had our school's Dr. Seuss night. This event is one for the books. It dates back to my elementary days at my school. This year I was apart of the decorations team. Yay! Any opportunity for a pendant banner and some streamers and count me in! The photo booth I made for our staff holiday party was such a hit that I thought it would be fun to continue it in Seuss style. :)  

All holidays aside, we had our big writer's workshop celebration this past week. Students introduced the class celebration by sharing a little bit of our reader's and writer's workshop process during our two month nonfiction unit to the parents. Then the parents rotated freely to different student readers. Sometimes I forget just how much this day means to them after months of hard work so I surprised them with some fun balloons!