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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Working toward testing time

This is countdown week.. Five days left to make sure the kiddos know everything that I've taught this year. Sounds rather promising  doubtful! I've been away from the kids for two long weeks. One week=Spring break. Last week=emergency trip to check on Mr. Spouse's mom--900 miles away. The good thing about being gone for a week was my student teacher was doing her "week" of teaching so I wouldn't have been doing the talking.

This week our basal is using a non-fiction animals theme. I'm incorporating a camping theme and doing lots of necessary fun review! First you need to check out Cara Carroll's Camping unit over at TPT. I'm using almost 100% of it. And I got to pick it up when she had her three year old son's birthday $3 sale. Love. I also made a few things and found another great one for., at TPT. Click on the picture above to check it out.

I am going to work with bears, skunks, deer, owls.

Our basal phonetic pattern is /au/aw. I made a powerpoint activity to work/review antonyms, synoyms, homphones, and more.  I also am working with editing a letter since that is part of the STANFORD 10.

Camping Theme Treasures

The study of pronouns was a find! AND it was using a camping theme AND it was free.. I am planning to do most of the review in work stations.  Click here to find the great work station activity.,

It's nice when things come together. Now...if my kids will just retain a little bit of what we are doing in preparation for the big test.

I'm off to pack up the car and prepare to make my room really ugly. Does it bother you when you have to strip the room of any letter, word, or number? I don't think that there is anything that would help the kids but rules are rules. And of course the "P" does a walk through to see if indeed there is no cheating going on by having a letter of the alphabet randomly peeking out.

This is home for us. Not stripped bare.  


  1. A camping theme sounds like fun! Love all the blue in your room-my favorite color. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. Cute room! Too bad you have to "ugly" it up. :)

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. I love having a peek into your room! I love the blue and green. We also have to take everything down from our walls. My alphabet is covered with construction paper. Goodluck with Test Prep!

  4. I got Cara's camping unit too and it is so cute!! Come check out my new blog at

    Lohren Nolan

  5. AHHHH!!! Preping the room for testing makes me sick. We have our AdvancED visit the Mon & Tues AFTER TCAPs so we can't take anything down. AHHH!!!!! Good luck next week!!!