Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year, New Ideas

I'm very excited today to be a part of Primary Possibilities' New Year, New Ideas, New Possibilities Linky Party! This linky party has bloggers guest posting on other sites so that everyone can share and collect ideas, find new blogs, and "meet" new people. 

I'm blogging today at We Are ALL Special, and I'm very lucky to have Megan from I Teach. What's Your Super Power? guest posting on my blog! I hope you'll take some time to find some creative ideas to use in your classroom and new blogs to follow.

Hi there!  I'm Megan from I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

I like to blog about a mixture of teaching stuff like tips on getting your kids to revise and editing their writing.  Without want to die.

Techy teachery ideas because I'm a closet computer nerd.

And random life stuff like my laundry room makeover.

I'm still on Christmas break right now and am having a hard time getting myself out of fun mode and back into school work mode.  So, today instead of parting some bits of life changing teacher wisdom, I'm going to share a fun Valentine's Day activity.  I can't claim this one.  Another teacher shared it with me a loooooong time ago.

It all starts with this book:

This is a super sweet book.  Each set of pages follows a rhyming pattern.  The first set of pages are:

Every bird loves a bee,
Every flower loves a tree,
Every lock loves a key,
And I love you.

Each page continues this way.  The first three lines rhyme and the last line is always "And I love you."  Honestly, my kids enjoy it but give me a crazy look because it's too young for them compared to our usual read alouds.  After reading it, I tell them that we're going to make a similar book to share with our friends in Kindergarten.

Using this planning page, first I model, and then they plan independently:

Then they make their final copies.  (I wish I had some old pictures!!)  We put them together as a class book or two and pass them on to Kindergarten.  Since it's a rebus book, all of the kindergarteners are able to read them, regardless of where they currently are.

 If you've never visited I Teach. What's Your Super Power? before, I hope you'll stop by and say hi!

Don't forget to visit We Are ALL Special's blog to see what Covered in Glitter and Glue is up to!

We Are All Special!

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Jessica...THANK YOU for posting the idea about using ice cube boxes for book boxes. We have been using the cute $1 cardboard boxes from Target but they aren't making it through the year. We've been hot gluing and duct taping them back together constantly. We ♥ your post and will be investing in new book boxes asap☺

  2. I really want this book now! I already put it in my cart at Amazon! I can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!