Tuesday Tried It & a Blog Freebie

Just another FREEBIE for ya today.  Boy, I'm full of these this week!  If you missed yesterday's three freebies, head here to pick them up!

Actually, I shouldn't claim today's FREEBIE, as it isn't from me...I'm just passing it along!

The ever-fabulous, Diana, who created my blog has created some FREE social media buttons to use on your blogs!  Here's a look at all of the ones included in the download....
With all of those colors and icons, I think it's pretty safe to say that if you're in need of these, there's a set that would look FAB on your blog!  Just click the image above to head over to her blog and pick these up.  Be sure to leave her a "thank you" if you snag them!

Now, I'm linking up with the Fabulous Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for her linky....


I'm going to have a GREAT new "tried it" idea next week (because I'm borrowing it from another blogger and testing it out in my room this week), but for this week I just have a fun little ditty....

We're working on Poetry right now.  We're reading it.  We're writing it.  They're even listening to it.  

Our current read-aloud was chosen for this particular reason.  
Gooney Bird Greene is one of the first chapter book read-alouds I use in second grade.  They love her.  She IS absurd!

In this follow-up book, Gooney's class is learning about Poetry....they write Haikus, Couplets...my kiddos can relate.   But, Gooney Bird....well, just look at the cover.  

Yes, that is underpants on her head.  Well, they used to be underpants.  Now, they're a "two ponytail hat."  Gooney thinks that this warms up her brain and helps her to be a better writer/poet.  The rest of her class ends up bringing in "odd hats" (head warmers) to help warm up their brains, too!  

So, once we get to this part (tomorrow), I'll invite my kiddos to bring in "odd hats" (head warmers) to wear while we write poetry.  I "tried it" the last couple of years and they ATE IT UP!

Seriously....they swore by it.   Who knows?  Maybe we'll start a new trend.  Of course, I made a strict rule about "no underpants."  I don't think those would have helped at all. ;)  And, luckily it's always chilly in my classroom.
We'll see what this year's batch brings in.  Anything to get those poetry juices flowing, right?!


  1. Maybe THAT's why beatniks wear berets! What a fun idea. That's just the type of text connection that gets kids excited about reading and writing :)

    Polka Dots & Teaching Tots

  2. What a fun idea! We're doing poetry right now - and my fifth graders would LOVE to write with hats on :) It would get their creative juices flowing, I just know it!

    Joy in the Journey

    1. Glad to hear it! Hope they have fun with it, too! :)

  3. I love that idea - my class loves any excuse to dress up. Thanks for the heads up on the blog buttons - just so happens I need a new one!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

    1. I love a good excuse to dress up, too! Glad the blog buttons may help you out. :)

  4. I love those buttons! Thanks for sharing so many freebies :) I'm going to have to look at the book; sounds funny, even for 4th grade! I'm sure your kids will love dressing up--I know mine would :)


    1. Who doesn't love a chance to dress up?? Especially at school! :)

  5. We love Gooney Bird! Thanks for sharing the great idea about the hats.

    Learning in the Little Apple

  6. That hat idea is so cute!! I thought the first girl DID have underpants on her head for a second! Haha!! I agree...we'll do anything to get the juices flowing! Thank you so much for linking up:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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