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Monday, May 20, 2013

End of the year---with subs

So, here it is the end of the year coming to a halt.  We're wrapping up with review, we've finished our Treasures stories......and now we're doing assessing. Friends, let me tell you about my day---we are doing one-on-one assessing for state data.  (I'm not sure what it's for or why, just told that we have to do it.)  They got us subs so we can do it.  The state allotted about 85 minutes PER child for these tests (that I was just given last week).  Luckily, it isn't really taking them that long, but it's still taking 20-30 minutes per kiddo.  I started today and only got through 9 (and a half) tests.  EGADS!  They are getting us subs for Wednesday too, and I sure hope I can finish because somewhere in there I have to give a state writing test too.  Friends, I have 7---SEVEN days left.  End of the year paperwork is NOT my favorite thing to do.    I also think it drove my kiddos crazy that I was in the building, but not in there with them.  My little sweeties were asking me if I'd be there tomorrow (which I'm out for other reasons--and then a sub again on Wednesday for more tests.)  OY!  Okay, rant over.

So in the process of all this, I needed to create something for my subs to do AND I had to share one of my favorite stories---AND since camping is one of my favorite things (Can't wait for a long camping weekend!!)  this book is PERFECT for me! :) (Okay, that was a really long sentence and a complete run-on---ignore the grammar, have I mentioned I'm pooped lately? lol)

I love this story.  I actually love rhyming stories because they are fun to read, and my kiddos like to chime in when I'm reading if they think they know the word.  I made a few things to go with this to make a little mini-lesson on common/proper nouns, and a few writing prompts.  

First up, a prediction page.  This is good to use in two spots of the story.
It can be used when the bear is sneaking up on the camper where he spies a bag of marshmallows, 
or the page where he sees the camper in the stream.  

 Then after reading the story, they can write about their favorite part.

You could use this quick little comprehension page to check their listening comprehension.

If you'd like to extend the story into a common and proper noun review, here's a quick little whole group activity with a student worksheet.

 Maybe you want to check their background knowledge of camping, here's a writing activity for that too.

The great graphics are from Pink Cat and Scrappin Doodles.
If you'd like to grab you a copy of these activities, you can click HERE!

Have a great week!! :)


  1. We also have 7 days of school left and am I ever ready! It has definitely been the most challenging year I have ever had. Wow, I can't believe you have to give all of those tests. We had to give the Gates and DIBELS. We have our last reading benchmark test from Treasures Unit 6 still to give this week. I have missed out on a lot of your posts, somehow I unfollowed you...is that possible? Anyway, I got you back on my list! :)

    I'm hoping this summer, I'll figure out how you make so many TPT products so fast, so I can maybe start selling a few things. ;P
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  2. Just wanted to say THANK YOU! for all the great Treasures files. I use Treasures too and while I think I use a different version... many of the stories/skills are the same just in a different order. I just spent 30 minutes saving files away for next year! I also have used your Treasures Making Words packs and they are LIFESAVERS! for busy days/unexpected sub days. Excellent excellent work and thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Love these! Thanks so much for all you do! Your stuff is amazing!! I am a much better teacher because of you and all the fabulous ideas that you share!!

  4. Your camping stuff looks so fun! I might have to plan a camping unit for next fall since we'll still have nice weather! :)

    Teaching With Style

  5. Thanks for sharing these great activities and good luck with testing! The end of the year paperwork/testing gets in the way of all of the fun stuff!

    Three Cheers for First Grade!

  6. Wow DeAnne, thank you so much!! These are great!! :)


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