Backpackin’ in Action and a Little Randomness

Well…we are back in action. After last week, I was a little worried! Thank goodness that didn’t last long! This week, we began our genre study from my Backpacking Through Genres Unit and my kids are all over it. So far, we have covered fantasy and mystery. In fact, my sweet student teacher taught them all about mysteries today and made a cute little craft to boot! Yep…we are going to be great friends! ;)

Here is a look at the start of our study. 
Presentation4 Each day, our backpack is jammed pack with a new genre and the student tickets to get on the “Genre Bus”. We read a story and identify the traits that we find to classify that specific genre.
After our read aloud, the students return to their desks to add a new genre to their notebook. We sometimes refer to this as our genre scrapbook holding all of our memories from our backpacking adventure. We know…we are super corny! Ha!
Here is a look at one of the student pages. I forgot to take a picture of our page completely finished, so I had to do a little copy and paste…BUT you get the idea!
Lovin’ this genre study! You can check it out HERE… if you would like! 

Now for some randomness… {This definitely has no rhyme or reason!}
Random Picture # 1: Snow Globes
After our “If I Lived in a Snow Globe” writing, we made our very own snow globes. Can you take a wild guess at how many of my students had ever laid eyes on a snow globe prior to this little creation?!? Yep…ONE! Am I just THAT old?!? Are snow globes really a thing of the past?!? Well, even if they are, these snow globes turned out super cute and took about 5 minutes to make! Best 5 minute project ever!
Random Picture #2:  The Amazing Race
We have been hard at work mastering words with long o vowel patterns. This game is definitely a class fave! Amazing Race Long O is included in my little pack of long o centers. You can check those out HERE!
Random Picture # 3: Center Set-Up
I have been meaning to post a picture of my center set-up for some time because I get lots of emails about how I run centers in the classroom. Currently, our center station is packed with my Winter Wonderland Math Centers. I attached the center cover sheet to a file folder and ran each folder through the laminator. After cutting the top of the folder, I placed all of the activity sheets inside. These centers are very easy for the students to access and allows them to practice a variety of skills to keep those basic math concepts fresh!
Well bloggy friends, that is all I have for tonight.
Have a happy Wednesday! :)


  1. Love seeing your things in action! Makes it all come to life!

    Mary Beth
    Run Teacher, Run

  2. Love the backpacking idea! I may have to steal (borrow?) it!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. Love the cute, clean look of your center station! So organized! Looks great!

    Peace, Love and First Grade

  4. How do you get the centers to stay on the "wall??"
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  5. Love it all!!!
    Your center organization is fabulous!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  7. I have a question for you. . . First, I LOVE your stations! I am having trouble coming up with a way to organize all the different math stations/games I purchase when we use them in class and when we are done with them and I need to store them for next year. When you get a chance could you give a little "tour" of how you do both? I would love it!

  8. I would love to know how you attach your folders to the pegboard! I am so short on space, and still have more I want to my students to have access to. This would help!

  9. Wow, your center folders look great! I love how organized and easy it is to figure out what things are. :)
    The School Supply Addict

  10. good idea! How do you keep the folders sticking to the peg board?

  11. Do you use velcro dots to hang the files and change them out?

  12. I love your center organization! If you're still doing that now, do you allow the kids to just pick whatever math activity they want to work on? And do you show them how to complete the center ahead of time or tell them to read it? I'd love to do something similar with my first graders