Friday, November 15, 2013

Five for Friday with a Thanksgiving FLASH FREEBIE

Wow, it's been almost two weeks since I posted! Sorry for the absence. As usual, things have been very busy lately. I can't wait until Thanksgiving break so I can sit and catch my least for a day or two!

This weekend was really nice, so we actually headed down to the beach on Sunday after church. Keagan didn't understand that the water would still be cold, so he kept pulling me closer trying to get in. We did let him sit and throw sand for a while! 

I made a new Thanksgiving craft to go with my door theme:

Right now, the kids are still working on their writing (we're having a hard time focusing on one topic), but I hope to share them soon! This craft is FREE in my store until later tonight as a thank you to all of my wonderful friends and readers. I have guests coming for dinner, and I will be changing it to paid after they leave, so be sure to grab it. AND PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK!!!
Turkeys on Strike - a Thanksgiving Writing Craftivity
Click on the image QUICK for your freebie!

Interactive Reading Notebooks ~ FREE Bonus Lesson! Context Clues

I'm LOVING Erin's creations, especially with my 5th grade students! We are working on context clues right now, and I was thrilled to be able to use this freebie with them. Here's a sample of what's inside. It really is great for helping them realize the types of context clues, and there's another great activity that goes along with that.

She also has an awesome pack for Thanksgiving related activities that I may be purchasing to use next week. 
Let's Talk Turkey! A DIFFERENT Thanksgiving ELA & Reading

Last night, I was SO excited to finally meet two wonderful VA bloggers that I have become "virtual friends" with over the past year. Andrea (right) from Reading Toward the Stars has become a good friend of mine after I found her two summers ago when doing a "reading specialist" search on blogger. She lives across the state, and we've been trying to get together for over a year now. She and a co-worker (I can't remember her name, but she was SO sweet) came to Richmond for a conference yesterday, and we decided it was time! We also met up with Nikki (left) from Teaching in Progress. Nikki's a hoot, and we had a blast at Cheesecake Factory talking and hanging out! I think we could have stayed there all night if Andrea and her friend hadn't had a 3 hour ride back that night to get to school this morning. I just barely missed Courtney from Polka Dot Lesson Plans who made the SIX hour drive to Richmond, but she had to leave after the conference to see her sister. Next time, Courtney!

And finally, just a reminder that next Thursday is my monthly Teacher Fitness linky party! This month, we're going to share yummy "skinny" recipes that we can make during the holiday season. I know this is the toughest time to eat right, so I'm looking forward to some great options that won't bust my calorie goal for each day!


  1. Not only is the water cold, but there are creatures in there!!! Lol! It's was 38 degrees here in Florida two days ago. I thought I was going to die. It's supposed to be back in the 70's tomorrow. The beach is sounding pretty nice!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. What a fun night! Brittany and I really enjoyed it! I am definitely going to convince her to start a blog because she will be good at it! That turkey craftivity is adorable! Thanks for sharing!!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  3. Melissa, I hated that I missed the meet up. It looks like it was a lot of fun! I hope the food ways yummy! Your little guy is adorable!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  4. Glad you had a great week! That is fun that you got to meet up with some fellow bloggers. I am looking forward to sharing some recipes on your linky!

    Eclectic Educating

  5. Love your freebie, Melissa, and I hope you guys had a great time together. I'd love to meet up with you guys if do a get together again.
    Carla @<a href=">Comprehension Connection</a>