What's Ahead in 2013? and a Freebie

I'm linking up with Making It As A Middle School Teacher for her year in preview party.
I'm not sure how much detail to go into here, but some of these things I've already blogged about, will blog about, or are self-explanatory.

And now I'm sharing a freebie that I use right away when we come back to school from break. It allows students to quietly share as they fill out the organizer and then "get it out of their system" so we can return to our regular lessons. Students draw or write about something fun, something new, something surprising, something special, something crazy, and something else. I give them about five to ten minutes to do this or longer if needed. Then I draw a stick and have the student share one thing from their paper. Click on the picture to go to my TpT store for the download.

17 comments

  1. Love the freebie you posted! I'm going to use it with my students the first day back!

    Addie
    Addie Education - Teacher Talk

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  2. I'm not a social studies fan but colonial America is my favorite as well. We are about to read a historical fiction novel about the American Revolution but I really don't love it :-( I think the boys will like it but probably not too many of the girls. Thanks for the great freebie.

    Heather
    room 4 imagination

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    1. I kind of have to like it since I teach three sections :) We do lots of hands-on crafts and things to go along with it! Glad you like the freebie!

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  3. Thanks for the freebie! Also, When Kids Can't Read is one of my favorite go-to books. Enjoy!

    Melissa O'Bryan
    Wild About Fifth Grade

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    1. I can't wait to start reading it. Glad it's good!

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  4. That's a great idea for the first day back...thanks for sharing it with us. I'm a new follower!

    Nichole
    Craft of Teaching

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    1. Thanks, and I'm following you, too!

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    2. I blogged about your freebie over on my blog. I hope that's ok!

      Check it out here!

      Nichole
      Craft of Teaching

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  5. Happy New Year! I found your blog through Teaching Maddeness. What caught my attention...My classroom runs on love, laughter, and lots of Diet Mountain Dew. Mine, too. In fact, I framed that poster and it sits on my desk.

    Also, love the "Highlights" freebie!

    Kristin
    Teachntex

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    1. It would be very scary for my students to see me without my caffeine. Maybe that's why some of them got me pop for Christmas!

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  6. Thanks so much for linking up and joining in the fun!

    That door sounds a little scary. LOL! I love the freebie you shared. Best of luck with all of your goals for 2013!

    ~Michelle
    Making It As A Middle School Teacher

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  7. This freebie will be perfect for our first day back. Thanks so much!:)

    Kristin
    iTeach 1:1

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  8. Thanks for linking up to Show & Tell Tuesday!
    Love that freebie! What a great "ease in" activity for the first day back :)

    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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