5 on the 5th

It's time for another 5 on the 5th!  I started this series last month as a way of highlighting all the great ideas out there in blogland.  I'm sharing ideas I've used, plan on using, or are just plan awesome.  5 on the 5th even has its own Pinterest Board.  You can follow it here.

And now, on to the good stuff (in no particular order):

Stephanie at 3rd Grade Thoughts (apparently I'm obsessed with her because she was on last months post too) read The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.  Stephanie shares how she uses it in her classroom and a whole bunch of resources she found.  I'm still figuring out how I want to use these.  I think our New Year's resolution writing will be a perfect way to introduce this.  In typical awesomeness, she also made a fab set of posters to go with it.

Tiffani at Crazy About Second shared this great idea for student gifts.  So smart!  I'm filing this idea away for later.  You can buy shower board at Home Depot very inexpensively, and they'll do the cuts for you.  They usually charge per cut, but after finding out I am a teacher, they usually don't charge me.

Mrs. S. at The Peanut Gallery had a really fun idea for teaching dialogue that I think would also be super fun for teaching point of view.  Justin Beiber and George Washington having dinner together?  Instant student engagement.  AND this unit is free in her TPT store.  Craziness!

Gina at Third Grade Tidbits wrote about Laura Candler's Power Reading Workshop.  I find profession books fall into one of two categories: Ideas or Implementation.  You need big ideas, but you also need practical implementation for real life classrooms.  I haven't read it yet, but I'm excited to start.  Seems like this will give me some great ideas for real life implementation.

Finally, not one but two of my bloggy friends wrote about some lessons they've learned about blogging.  Diane at Teaching With Moxie shared how to get more followers (in a be true to yourself kind of way) and Heather at The Wild Rumpus wrote the 7 lessons she's learned as a newbie blogger.  Thanks for reminding us to keep it real ladies.
Teaching With Moxie  The Wild Rumpus

Happy January!


  1. Thanks for directing to those two great posts about blogging lessons! :) That does look like a great real-life implementation resource. Right now I'm looking for resources on the practical side of implementing writer's workshop in PreK, but there's not many!

    By the way, gave you some love today when linking up with Primary Polka Dots' Clipart Crazies party. I love all the cute things you make and think you are so creative!

    Fun in PreK-1

  2. You are so sweet- thanks so much for featuring me and my posters! Good luck introducing them to your kids and, to be honest, even if you only talk about Habit 1 and being proactive, it's sososo worth it :) Have a great weekend!

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  3. Thank you for the kind words, Megan! I love your idea of 5 on the 5th--what a nice way to spread good mojo throughout blogland and learn what other bloggers are doing.

  4. Thanks for the recap of some great ideas! I still have trouble keeping track of all of the great ideas I come across.

    Teach on a Limb

  5. Thanks so much for the kind words about my writing activity! You have made my day. :)

  6. "5 on the 5th" - what a great idea! Thanks for linking over to the reading workshop book; I'm always looking for new ideas for that.


  7. What a great idea! I am so excited about #3! I'm heading over there right now. Thanks for sharing. :) By the way- thanks again for all your help (powerpoint)!! I'm glad to have found your blog through Tracey.

    Smiles from 2nd Grade

  8. Hi,from Anne over at www.dailygetaway.blogspot.com/ I am new to blogging & following, but I will be following your blog! I LOVE these great ideas to use in my classroom!

  9. Thanks Megan for featuring me on your blog! (#2) I just started blogging and am so excited to be in the community and learning about and sharing ideas! (Oh and my name is spelled Tiffany) :)
    Oh, and I LOVE your blog!!