Peek at my Week: April 1st-5th

March 31, 2013

Peek at my Week: April 1st-5th

March 31, 2013
Happy Easter everyone!! I’m stopping by to share a glimpse into some of the activities going on in my 5th grade class this week.
I have admired Deedee’s weekly plans for a long time now. I just love seeing what she is doing in her class…it’s almost like getting to sit in the back of her room and see everything happen! That would be an awesome experience for sure 🙂
And, ever since Deedee began the Peek at my Week Linky, I have been dying to join in. So I decided to finally take the leap this week and try it out myself!
This isn’t my full schedule (since some of the lessons I use come out of our curriculum books) but it is an overview of the major lessons and activities my class will covering this week…complete with links to all of the activities/units (from some incredible teachers out there!).

So, here’s a peek at my week:

The Word Analysis is something I’ve been working on and using all year with my class. It should be ready (hopefully) in a couple of weeks and I am very excited to share more about it.
What are you working on in class this week? Thanks for visiting! 🙂


  • Sandy March 31, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Your visual plans are so cute!!!! Love them! I still need to figure out how to do them, but in the meantime I love reading everyone else's and have gotten some wonderful ideas!!! Happy Easter!

  • ~Stephanie March 31, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Your plans look awesome! I LOVE Jen's Chris Van Allsburg pack. It is truly fabulous. And I am so glad you are using Calendar. I just love seeing it in action (in someone else's classroom other than my own 😉 ) Here's to a good week!

    Teaching in Room 6

  • Runde's Room March 31, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Oh my goodness – I cannot WAIT to see your word analysis pack – I've been looking for a spelling / word work pack that fits in my classroom for ages!!! Looks like a fun week for the kiddos!!!


  • Exploring Third Grade March 31, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I LOVE and I mean I LOVE Miss Nannini March Madness packet! My kids are going crazy over it and don't even realize all they are learning!


  • Mrs. Richardson March 31, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    You did a fantastic job with your plans!! I love that they are different and you put them in different categories! I may have to give this a style a shot soon!
    Mrs. Richardson's Class

  • Ashley Sanderson April 1, 2013 at 1:24 am

    The plans looks great! I like having the visual plans too. I just recently started linking up with Deedee too and it's nice to do every Sunday. We are starting our butterfly unit this week! We will be observing caterpillars turn into butterflies over the next week! This is one of my favorite times of the year! Have a good week.

    Flying High in First Grade

  • YoungTeacherLove April 1, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Oh my goodness, I MUST start doing these! What a fabulous idea! I had seen Deedee's but wasn't quite sure how I could make it work for upper el.

    Your kids are in for a super fun week! I hope you guys enjoy March Madness!! You will LOVE Jen's Inferencing Pack. We are using it now and it has been so awesome. Have a fabulous week with your kids!

    Young Teacher Love 5th Grade Blog

  • Deedee Wills April 1, 2013 at 2:19 am

    You are awesome! I love how you have your lessons presented! Smart! Smart! Smart!

  • Tina Crofts April 1, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Love how you presented this! The Stranger is such a great book. I always have to reread it a couple days later because my kids want to think about it again.

    Crofts' Classroom

  • Ms.M April 1, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Look good lv! I really have to get my act together and start participating in all these great linkys again.

  • Lori April 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Looks like a week full of learning and fun! I need to take a look at that Reading Between the Lines.
    Conversations in Literacy

  • 4321Teach April 3, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I love Chris Van Allsburg and The Stranger is such a great book. It really challenges kiddos to read both the text and words closely.
    I've been MIA for awhile and wanted to stop by and check what you have been up to. So bummed I missed your giveaway but congrats on 5000 followers. Any advice on ways to increase my numbers?
    Hope you are having a great week. 🙂

  • 4321Teach April 3, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I meant text and pictures closely. lol

  • Morgan Heidt April 3, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I love all of these ideas! Pinterest always has awesome ideas for not only what and how to teach, but also how to decorate your classroom. I don't know what I would do without it!

  • Michele April 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I love that you are using The Stranger! It is one of my favorite books. I use it in the fall to introduce my Reader's Notebook jobs. We do The Stranger together as a model, and then I use 5 other books for practice bfore moving into a novel.
    Enjoy your week!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  • Lauren Bell April 5, 2013 at 1:43 am

    I will be checking out The Stranger from our library! Sounds like it's a must read. I am a 5th Grade teacher as well, and we have been rockin' the Paragraph of the Week all year and love it!! My kiddos writing organization is SO much better since we started that. Also, been rocking' some March Madness. I love how engaged and into the NCAA tournament. It's FABULOUS. Sounds like you've had a great week! Love the visual lesson plan. Very cool. 🙂

  • Cal Hackler April 14, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Will the Word Analysis lesson deal with Latin and Greek root words? As a pre-service science teacher, I use a lot of Latin and Greek root words in my core classes. These root words are very useful in understanding the meaning of similar words. I would find it very beneficial for fifth grade students to learn this skill.

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