Friday Flashback #2

It's FRIDAY!!  Let's take a quick rewind of the week and share some of the things going on in our classrooms!  Link up to share a quick flashback of your week!

In writing this week, we finished up our paragraph unit.  One thing that helped a lot this year was my take on the "rate your writing" visual rubrics from Pinterest.  We are required to post our state and/or district writing rubric in our classroom for students to use.  But, let's be serious, these 7 year olds have no idea what that rubric is, much less what it means!  It's just a bunch of words and numbers to them!  So, I took the two sections of the rubric 1) content and ideas and 2) conventions and I created a visual for each number.  The top pics show what a 1, 2, 3 look like for content and ideas (I also made the pictures show what a 1, 2, 3 illustration would look like.  The bottom two pictures have perfectly fine content/ideas, but the conventions are different.  These show what a 1, 2 score of conventions would look like.  I refer to these a lot and they have seemed to help so far.  I can just say "is that a 3 star picture?"  They know to add more details and a background. Or, "Is that 5 star writing?"
 I really need to finish the display with the content/ideas and convention labels!  This week, maybe, this week....

Speaking of Pinterest, due to the common core, we once again have even/odd in our math standards so we did our own version of the Even and Odd Street.
{Pinspiration - Original Source No Longer Active}

Since our kiddos have classroom numbers, we had each student use his/her number to create the house.  Instead of just making the house "neat" if it was even, or "crazy" if it was odd, we had them design the house however they wanted, but all even houses had to have an even number of items added and the odd numbers had to have an odd number of items added (ex. chimneys, windows, flowers, etc).

I was also excited to find these books (although they arrived the day AFTER the lesson...oh well, I'll have them for next year)...
I also bought My Half Day for when we get to fractions!  I could see writing our own math books based on these..."My Double Day", "My Shape Day", etc....

What have you been up to this week?  Link up when you have a chance...I'd love to read about it!


  1. Is that a pencil pillow? It's so cute!! And your odd/even street bulletin board is wonderful, too!

    Fifth in the Middle

  2. Just posted about Vocabulary instruction, but hope to link up tomorrow showing a few things we did this week!

    Love the Odd and Even Street!

  3. Love the pencil! Mine's on my door. I didn't think about using it in the writing center!
    I need to do this with my kids. I still don't feel like I've officially started any kind of writing...

  4. Those books look so fun! I will have to find them. Thanks for sharing :)

    Tales From Room 112

  5. Diane,
    The pencil is made from burlap and stuffed with newspaper. ;)

  6. I love seeing what people are doing in their classrooms! Thanks for offering a chance to share our work:)
    Mrs. Sheehan

  7. ooohhhh I need those even and odd books!!! Thanks for the idea!
    Feel free to follow my blog for some ideas you can use!

  8. Amanda - those books are great, I haven't seen them before...thanks for sharing! :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After


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