Thursday, July 25, 2013

We're Diggin It!

It's getting to be that time.  Back to School time.  For some of you, that is.  I am only about halfway through my summer vacation.  Don't be too jealous though.  When all of you were lounging on the beach in May, I was still in my {hot} classroom.

Anyways, since it is Back to School time, Christina over at Bunting, Books and Bainbridge is hosting a linky party to share all our students' favorite things.  What fun!

This year we participated in a postcard exchange with classrooms from all 50 states.  Each class sent a postcard with information about their state on the back.  To get the kids excited about it, I decorated this mailbox from Hobby Lobby to put our postcards in.  Every time we "received" a postcard, I would put the flag up to let them know that we had mail.  The flag would be up when they got to school in the morning, but we wouldn't check it until the end of the day.  They were bursting with excitement by then!

Then we hung our postcards up next to our map of the country.  The students also filled out their own States booklet to keep track of all the important information. So much fun!

Word work was always a fun time in our class!  We had the coolest toys to play with....err to practice our words with!  First up, are the dry erase pockets from My Binding.  We put practice sheets inside and the students got to write on and erase their words.

Another word work favorite came from Mrs. Bremer's Kindergarten.  Ipads and Iphones!  They were so excited to use these, you would have thought they were the real thing!  The students would "type" their word and then write it in the boxes.

Morning Journals were also a big hit in my classroom.  Each day, they had a different writing prompt to respond to as soon as they got into the classroom.  They wrote stories, made lists, wrote poems, answered questions and even had some free writes!

What are your students diggin in the classroom??  It's always interesting to see what the students like too!  I've already got some great ideas from others to use this year, go add yours over at Christina's blog!


  1. Thanks for linking up! My 3rd graders loved doing their spelling on those iPads too!

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

  2. Thanks for sharing all these great things! The postcard idea is a great one! I think my kids would love it...

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

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  4. Can you tell me where to find the info about the postcard exchange?

  5. I really like the idea of Morning Journals:I always struggle getting in extra writing with prompts:)
    The Schroeder Page

  6. I love your idea of putting the flag up to alert the students they had mail! Their excitement must have been through the roof to wait until the end of the day to open it. What a fun unit!
    Conversations in Literacy


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