February 9, 2014

Peek at My Week: Share the Love

Time to join Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for...

When I started planning the week ahead I was SHOCKED! This coming Friday is Valentine's Day. How in the world did that happen? Just last week it was the middle of January. That's what happens when you miss ELEVEN days due to inclement weather. Holidays sneak up on you. Other things sneak up on you also... things like observations.

I have been trying to set a day and time for my annual observation. Each time one is set, we have a snow/cold day! I'm ready to give up! My student teacher is running into the same problem. She has her first university observation this coming Monday. Dare I mention the forecast is for another day with subzero temps and wind chills? sigh!

We hopefully will be able to finish a few items that have been dragging on forever... My Side of the Mountain has been hanging over my sixth graders' heads since December. We are doing a quick read to just finish it! This novel is another casualty of bad weather. We had started reading this book via Literature Circles, but we will end it reading it independently and completing a triorama of their favorite part and a discussion of the theme. Hopefully, I'll have some photos later in the week of this project.

We're also doing some fun word work, grammar fundamentals with snowflakes. We're in the middle of creating a three dimensional snowflake on which my sixers are reviewing parts of speech, figurative language, and sentence skills. These will serve as a springboard for writing a poem about snowflakes that they will publish via Animoto... more about this project as (if, when) it develops.

Ms. Murphy will finish up the genre craftivity that she began last week with the fifth graders and start a new lesson with text evidence and nonfiction text structures with the eighth graders. Later in the week she'll be doing a Valentine/plot craftivity with the sixth grade while I complete a nonfiction text structure lesson with the eighth graders. All-in-all a VERY busy week! Let's keep our fingers crossed that Mother Nature cooperates with our plans.

Meanwhile, let's not forget to celebrate Valentine's Day! Each day this week I'll be doing some fun Valentine themed Language Arts review activities with my classes. I had super fun creating all of these and can't wait to share them with my kiddos. They are all available for purchase in my TpT Store; however, I'd really LOVE to share ONE with you.

Here's what to do..
1. Click on the activity of your choice. You'll be taken to its page in my TpT Store.
2. Pin the product on Pinterest or mention it in a blog post.
3. Return to this post and leave a comment below in which you place the URL of the pin or post. If you are a no-reply blogger, please also include your email address.
4. Do all this by the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, and I'll send you the product you chose as a Valentine's gift.

Happy Valentine's Day,
Happy Teaching,
The Teacher's Desk 6


  1. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/316096467568088728/

    Happy Hearts Day!

  2. Hi Angela,

    ELEVEN days off??? And I thought we were bad here in SE Wisconsin with five. At this rate, you will probably be going to school until July. Have they figured out how or if those days will be made up? Poor you!

    Here's hoping that there will be NO snow days for you this week. Thanks for linking up!
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. Wow! What a nice surprise! I chose the plural nouns ZAP because I really don't have too many activities to teach this. My pin is: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/279786195574717075/
    Thanks so much!

  4. Thanks for the great giveaway! Hope you have a great week!!! I was excited to see your homophone activity! Exactly what I needed this week!! :)

    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard


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