What We’re Up To Wednesday: A Weekly Linky hosted by TL!

Notice anything new around here? ….

Yes, my blog got a facelift! I’ve been dying to transfer over from Blogger to WordPress for a LONG time, and I finally got around to it.  It was a LOT of work.  Luckily, I have a fiance who builds websites for a living! But I actually tried to learn a lot of what needed to be done myself- I only like to ‘code’ if I absolutely have to.  He does a lot of that part, and I did the design part in Photoshop. We make a great team!  My old blog just wasn’t me, and now I feel “at home” in my blog. *sigh of happiness*

Along with the new blog, I’m launching a new weekly linky party!  It’s called… (drumroll…)


Because, who doesn’t love camels?

Here’s the DL: “What We’re Up to Wednesday” is a weekly linky party hosted by Amber at The Teacher Life where you share a few things you’ve done this week, and a few things you plan to do! That’s it! Tell us what you’ve done, what’s worked, what hasn’t, what you plan to try, and anything else you want to add! Then come back to The Teacher Life and link your blog post up at the bottom of this weekly post using the linky tool.  Don’t forget to copy and use the Linky buttons above and below in your blog post.

So here we go!

what weve done


Figurative Language: This week we’ve been hard at work on a Figurative Language Unit.  All I can say, is thank goodness for Erin’s Interactive Literature Notebook Resource.  She has awesome interactive notebook lessons in which student’s look for figurative language in well known song lyrics.  Along with these lessons, I’ve been looking up YouTube clips that show the lyrics while the students listen to the song. For example, today we talked about Personification after listening to Jimi Hendrix’ The Wind Cries Mary on YouTube. We’ve been reviewing 1 type of figurative language each day, and you know its going well when 5th graders are begging for the day’s reading lesson!  Along with the IRLN pages, we’re also using Runde’s Figurative Language Posters (these are posters that the student’s make) and color coding them to match Molly Malloy’s Figurative Language Posters which I have displayed on my bulletin board. figurative language posters

what we plan to do


We have one of our district tests next week on Tuesday- a test called the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress).  Our first one will be in reading.  We are knee deep in my Test Prep Boot Camp which I will be back to explain in depth this weekend.  As part of our test prep, we are super focused on reviewing all of our 5th grade CCSS in reading.  For example, instead of a regular spelling test this week, we are doing an affixes test. I whipped up this little worksheet for my students to review some of the most common prefixes and suffixes, their meanings, and how they change the meaning of a word.  You can pick it up for free in my TeachersPayTeachers shop by clicking the picture below!

prefix suffix pic

Have a great week!

<3 Amber

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