A Recap

Sorry for being a blog slacker lately!  I've been up to my ears in common core and textbook adoptions, as I am sure you can relate!

I feel like I need to do a little recap of what's been going on in my classroom, and then I will get back to posting classroom ideas.  :)

We have learned how to identify the author's purpose.  They never cease to amaze me how well they can use those terms persuade, inform, and entertain.  

We do lots of cooperative group work to practice the skill.  

They were so sweet reading to each other!

These posters and the activities are included in my author's purpose packet.

We celebrated Read Across America Day in our pajamas.

I have been using Hope King's Cloudy with a Chance unit.  I am in love with that unit!  It has been incredible for integrating science into my reading curriculum.

I especially loved the research component.  I heard today that we should be conducting research projects quarterly with common core.

We got out the iPad's and got to work.  The website www.weatherwizkids.com is a great resource.

The meteorologists turned out really cute!  I had to do orange raincoats.  I was out of yellow construction paper.  Boo!  A third grader thought they were supposed to be Moby the robot from Brain Pop.  :(  

We have been learning all about fractions with the help of Cara's unit, Fraction Action.  The fractionpillars were super fun for the little ones!

I am on the textbook committee for Reading Language Arts for my district.  We are trying to decide between Journeys and Reading Street.  Are any of you currently using either one?  If so, how do you like it?  What are the strengths and weaknesses?  And how well do you think it goes with common core and prepares students for PARCC?  Thank you so much for your help and input!


  1. We use reading street - I teach first grade and feel like I have to supplement TONS. I'd say that 60% of what I do is not from the book. :( I teach at a high poverty school as well and it travels VERY quickly for them!

  2. I just LOVE your author's purpose ideas! It is Pinned and I have it in my TPT cart!
    My district is using HARCOURT reading series. I am not familiar with the other two, sorry. Honestly, I think any reading series always needs supplementation at one point or another. There is no "perfect" program out there. Good luck on your text book adoption!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  3. We have just decided to go with the Journeys program. Our district narrowed it down to Wonders or Journeys. Reading Street just didn't seem to fit the needs of our district very well. Journeys seems to be a good fit.

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