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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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Wordless Wednesday-Laminating

Its Wednesday and we have made it past the halfway mark!
Thank you Jesus!!
Are you ready for a little Wordless Wednesday?
Are you with me? 
I love creating (and yes purchasing) new materials for my firsties,
 but I have to say I dread cutting it out each week! 
 I have heard some teachers say that find it therapeutic even!  Not me!!
Be sure to head over to Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice after you tell me...
 love it or leave it? 
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Mrs. Wathen
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Five for Friday {Informative Writing}

I am linking up with Kasey at Doodle Bugs Teaching with Five for Friday!
So sit on back and take a peek at my week!
We visited our school media center and students were able to pick
 two informational sources on the same animal topic. 
They then spend a few days reading the texts with parents,
during read to partner and then read to self. 
After they had a grasp on the information,
they selected interesting facts marking them with post it notes and
adding them to their "Interesting Facts" page.
Students used the illustrations from the book for inspiration
as they worked on the covers of their books! 
They did an amazing job working on their illustrations.   
Students worked on organizing their information using a Tree Map
from our Thinking Maps!  This is a super way to set them up 
as more advanced readers can use this for paragraph organization. 
We used our thinking maps and interesting facts page to help us
get started on our rough drafts.  Students also went back into the text
and yes, even the glossary, to make sure they had their facts straight!
And last but not least (for this week) is the final copy. 
We still need to work on our glossary, table of contents
and about the author pages next week.
I love this unit and am so thankful I found it on TpT!
Informative Writing {A research-based, all about book}
by Susan Jones is my go to resource!
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Mrs. Wathen
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Wordless Wednesday {teaching supplies}

I am so glad to be joining Christina with Wordless Wednesday!
Things have been super crazy...
But I have seriously missed connecting with other teachers through blogging!
I go through phases:  Flair markers, Post-It Notes and most currently...
Colored Cardstock
Michael's is having a SALE that is too good to pass up!
So what is your favorite teaching addiction today?
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Mrs. Wathen
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