Tuesday, April 10, 2012

38 more days…but who’s counting?!

Heck yes, I’m counting!

{Please go back and reread that statement in your best Napoleon Dynamite heck yes voice.  So much better.}

So, it’s Tuesday!  Already!  For some reason, my county extended our Spring Break to include yesterday (PTL!), and I am all kinds of glad that I didn’t have to return the Monday after Spring Break.  In fact, all weeks would be much better if they started on Tuesday, no?

Sigh.  Look at my boy.  I’m catching glimpses of what he’s going to look like as a young man some day.  YOUNG. MAN.  Did I just type that?!  He’s going to be four in June and that just makes me want to stop time RIGHT THIS INSTANT. 




Spring Break is OVER, the Cats *won* (yes, I’m a UK grad for those you who asked), and most of us can officially say that school is out next month.  NEXT MONTH!  Ah! 

Since my student teacher is soloing, I’ve been reviewing our curriculum documents, giving my strugglers some extra support, and preparing for the month of May when I’m back to being a full-time teacher again.  Today I made an anchor chart.  What’s new?!  ;)

While I’m always questioning my students while we’re reading, I wanted to be a little more intentional about making sure my kiddos were thinking and questioning while reading.  I made a little visual aide to help guide their thinking.  {Of course, this would’ve been ideal to introduce at the beginning of the year, but I’m still getting to know the Common Core and time is always an issue!}


Here’s a set of these questions for you that you could use during class discussions or put at a reading center to encourage your students’ thinking and aide in comprehension.  Each one relates to a Common Core Standard, too :)



So, how are y’all?  Is everyone else as excited for the conclusion of this school year as I am?  I mean, I can only drink so much wine.  I kid, I kid! 

Happy not-Monday! 


Sarah Paul said...

I always love your anchor charts! I was just thinking today how I needed to re-teach this skill. Thanks for the inspiration! I may have to copy your anchor chart. :) Thank you so much!
Sarah's First Grade Snippets

Sarah Paul said...

And oh my goodness, Becks is adorable. What great shots! They grow up way too fast.
Sarah's First Grade Snippets

Lory said...

OMG... you are hilarious (& very talented) I would give my left big toe for your anchor charts! Thanks for sharing ;)


Runmissnelsonsgotthecamera said...

Love your chart. Thank you so much for the common core questions.

Booky4First said...

How did you know what I would be teaching after my student teacher's week of soloing???? I have ONE week before the dreaded Stanford 10 test.

BTW, Becks is looking so much like your hubby!!! He is so cute!--Becks I mean because I'm not hitting on your hubby. :)

Lori Faas said...

Thanks SO much for the great posters Abby! We are all getting geared up for Common Core and things like this are terrific.

Your boy is adorable. They grow up fast. Enjoy EVERY minute!

Lori @

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your son! The time is so precious with our children....

LYNDSEY said...

Oh my heavens...Becks is SO unbelievably charming and adorable. That first picture SERIOUSLY melts my heart. I must agree that having yesterday off was delicious.

That anchor chart is perfect.
Seeing you pop up on my blog roll always makes me smile! :)

Enjoy the rest of your week...I know it'll fly by!

A Year of Many Firsts

Ann said...

Hilarious. I love your wine comment.33 days for me!!!!!!!!

Ann said...

Hilarious. I love the wine comment. 33 days for me, baby!!!!!!

kym said...

I love your anchor charts. I wish my handwriting and art is as wonderful as yours. I hope you don't mine me pinning your chart. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas with us.

Steph said...

Thank you for sharing! I love all of your charts.

We have 29 days left, but again, who's counting? :)

Kimberley said...

You are the real deal. Your anchor charts blow me away. I try to be like you, but just cannot make it look nearly as cool. Jealous.

Your son is precious. It does go fast, doesn't it? Mine are 4 and 6. I cannot believe I will have a Kindergartener and a Second Grader next year. Wow.

Thanks for the posters!

First in Maine

Lovely Nina said...

I love your charts...you just have the neatest and coolest handwriting! Thanks for sharing your questions :)

Lovely Little Learners

Clutter-Free Classroom said...

I always have such anchor chart envy when I see your work! You've got so much talent lady. :) Jodi from the Clutter-Free Classroom
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Mrs. Saoud said...

Hey Girl!

I just prepared my countdown days. We are near the end too! I couldn't be more excited!!

Talk with you soon!


Jodi said...

Definitely counting down!
Becks is adorable!!


Mrs. Anderson said...

Children do grow up too fast! Mine are 22 and 19!! It seems like yesterday they were little kids! I love your reading anchor chart and question cards. Thanks for sharing, as always!

Ms. Patterson said...

I sure am counting down!
We have about 45 more days to go!

This year went by so quickly but I am ready for it to be over

Ms. Patterson

Deb said...

Thank you so much for these! We've been talking a LOT about intentional questioning with reading groups and these will be perfect to keep in the reading tubs!

I *think* we have 32 1/2 days left. I probably should check. . .

Oh My Little Classity Class

Sue said...

I have 36 more days....have have my little ones counting backwards in their math journals how many day until they are a first grader. Enjoy your son they grow up fast!

Love your chart...my charts are never cute. Thanks for sharing the cards.


Jessica Hubble said...

You ROCK! NUFF said!

Your lil' man is a cutie!

Across the Hall said...

The posters are great, and the anchor chart is as adorable as ever.

I have anchor-chart envy.

Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

Stephanie said...

These are GREAT!! Thank you!!

XOXO, Stephanie
First Grade Fabulous Fish

Tanya Solano said...

You're Becks is just adorable!

Thanks for the chart idea and the CCS freebie! I'm right there with Jodi and the anchor chart envy! ALWAYS love your stuff!

Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

Nicole said...

Love these posters!! Your little boy is SERIOUSLY adorable!! Love those pictures with the pinwheel!

I love the frames on the posters - where did you get them?!

Ummm YES I'm counting, too! Wine is ALWAYS a good idea! ;)

Rowdy in Room 300

Courtney said...

love these thanks

Tara said...

Absolutely LOVE your anchor charts! It always seems like you do them on a computer. Your handwriting and drawing is awesome!Such envy here!
We have 29 days left here! I'm so excited and can't wait!

Your son is adorable. They grow up so fast. I have 2 daughters and a son. 7, 4, and 1. Time is FLYING by. Enjoy him!! :)

Mrs. Cupcake said...

Great freebie! Thanks!!
A Cupcake for the Teacher

luckeyfrog said...

These signs are pretty perfect for a constant review. Thank you for sharing!

Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

Rhonda said...

I LOVE your Anchor Chart.
I am new to the bloggy world and I just found your blog, so glad I did.
You might like to take a peek at my blog sometime.
Classroom Fun

smorss99 said...

Seriously, your charts always look amazing! Mine start out cute and neat and then I am suddenly in a crunch for time and the bottom of the chart looks like a ten year old did it.

Kelley Cirrito said...

Thanks for sharing Abby!! I have to ask if you have made up your mind about teaching next year?? I am just dying to know. Your little young man is so cute!!

Heather's Heart said...

Beck's is adorable!

Your anchor charts rock!

Cheers to you....as I drink my wine too!

I thought of you the other day when I heard Darius Rucker's song "It Won't Be Like This for Long". Cherish these moments with your little man! =)

Heather's Heart

Judy said...

Cute pics of Becks! :)

Thank you for these questions!! I was looking for inspiration and you already had it made! I really needed this for whole/small reading group work!

Seriously you're the best!!


Teaching Little Apples

Traci said...

That Becks of yours takes the most adorable pictures!

Thanks for the common core question cards. As always... I'm pinning your chart!
Dragonflies in First

Carolyn said...

Thanks for sharing your question cards and chart. I am now your newest follower. I wish I was able to draw like you do! But alas I can't. So I have made an electronic version using some of your questions to use when school goes back. I have put it on my blog to share.


Sowing Seeds of Learning

Laura Wanke said...

29 more days! Love thus chart and that it is tied to common core. I am new to the blogging world. My blog this month is about the daily 5. If you have time check it our. WWW.spoutinabout2nd.blogspot. com

Anonymous said...

Your son is ADORABLE! And then, your anchor chart is TOO CUTE!! I loved having a student teacher a few years ago, too, because I was able to do some planning ahead. I LOVE the reading questions you posted for free, too!! Beautiful! I'm definitely going to use them! Thank you for sharing!!
I am so jealous that you are out next month! We still have to go until June 16th!! UGH!!
Enjoy your last month.

Thrills in Third Grade

According to Ashley said...

Those pics of Becks are ADORABLE! He totally IS a little man and I predict that he's gonna be breaking hearts left and right someday. :) Sidenote: Life got crazy for a while and I had to cut out some of my daily blog reading, so unfortunately I stopped reading "teacher blogs" for a while. I couldn't figure out why you rarely posted on Babbling Abby until it finally clicked - DUH! Apparently you've been over here all along and I've been missing out bigtime! I'm now officially reading ONE "teacher blog" - hehe. In a non-creepy way, I missed you!

Sophia said...

LOOOOOOVE your anchor chart Abby!!! So creative and very helpful to the kiddos and as a reminder to myself during small group GR lessons. Thanks for sharing your reading questions printables too! So generous!!

:) Sophia

Fanciful First Grade

Chrissy said...

Thank you for sharing! I am definitely adding more chart tablets to my wish list for next year :-)!


Mrs. Bond's Blackboard said...

You had me until "cats won" :-) heehee

Patty Strong said...

I love your set of questions! I find them very useful! Thanks for sharing your great ideas :)


give me an apple

Brittany said...

Love these for my guided reading groups and partner reading center!

Jen C said...

Love your anchor charts!

Elizabeth Kile said...

I downloaded the questioning cards after seeing them used on the teacher wife's blog. Thank you for sharing!

Laurie Resetar said...

Thanks so much for sharing. :) Perfect addition to my reading groups this year!