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Peek at my Week-Penguin Style! + FREEBIE

January 5 Deedee 2 min read
Here is what has been happening with me.   Downton Abbey!   Seriously!   I have the 2nd season through Amazon Prime.  I have been watching it while working on my couch to 10k training (treadmill).  It helps the time pass and if I turn it up REALLY loud, it drowns out the sound of me sucking wind!
I’ve made a few updates!
I often hear, “I have a word wall, but my student’s don’t seem to use it.”   This is how I make my word wall interactive.   My students use the word wall with purpose on a daily basis. This whole group instruction takes about 15 minutes each day (you are moving fast) and it is a way for me to reinforce handwriting!
Whatever you use, be sure to make your word wall interactive.  It is easy for word walls to turn into wallpaper.
I added a bunch to this product. You can get the update at no additional charge.
I have also updated these two files so you can add your own words.
Again, these were created a year ago, so you can get your updated version for no additional fee.

During our Christmas break I made new journal covers for our Math Journals and Poetry Notebooks.  So here is a little FREEBIE for ya!
Click on the image to grab your FREEBIE
Before I close, I have heard from a lot from people who ask advice about starting a blog and a TpT store. Thank you for trusting me with your questions. I think I have answered everyone, but I had thought about making a post about it.  Then I read Erica Bohrer’s post and I thought she gave some great tips.  You can read that post by clicking on this cute picture!
My 2 cents?… blogging should really be for you!  This is a place for you to plan out loud, share discoveries, and reflect on your teaching practice.  It is wonderful to collaborate with other teachers and see classrooms outside of your community.  I love reading everyone’s comments (and I DO read EVERYone), but when I first started out 2 years ago, my husband was my only follower… Ha!
Anyhow, if you are starting out, don’t be discouraged. 
Here are my lesson plans for next week.


  • Erica Bohrer January 5 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing DeeDee! Maybe this week I will try and be as amazing as you and post visual plans.

  • Carrie January 5 at 8:26 pm

    OMG I got sucked into Downtown Abbey too!! I watched both seasons in a matter of days. I feel empty now that I'm done with them but season 3 starts tomorrow. 😀 Such a good show! I told my husband not to mind me if started talking in an English accent.

    • Deedee January 5 at 10:45 pm

      Ha! I agree!!! I am about half way done with Season 2, but I have to finish it before tomorrow. I need another 23 hours in the day!

  • Susan Moran January 5 at 8:54 pm

    YES – Downton Abbey!!!!!! Parker and I are in the middle of season one and we are also obsessed!

    I just need to get myself a treadmill so I can get myself in shape for my wedding! I am jealous of your self-motivation – I NEED SOME!

    Happy New Year!
    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

    • Deedee January 5 at 10:46 pm

      Oh… Susan… don't be impressed! I am so VERY out of shape, it is an ugly scene altogether!

      The next season of DA starts tomorrow!!! Yay!

  • Mrs. M January 5 at 8:58 pm

    I was just scouring your old posts to see if I could get a peek at this week! You read my mind. Thank you for being so willing to post your plans for others to see. It helps me to pace myself! Your products are wonderful and I know my teaching gets better each day.

    Blessings on this new year,
    Mello’s Memos

    • Deedee January 5 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you Amy!!!! Enjoy your weekend and have a great week!

  • Pingles January 5 at 10:52 pm

    Wow, I was just watching Downtown Abbey last night. I kept hearing about it so I thought I would give it a try. I loved it! Good thing I am off another week to get caught up!

    I just love that you can edit your products! I was able to put in the HFWs we will be working on once we get back and I ran out of ink, bummer. I am off to Costco to get mine ink refilled and back to printing. I love it all!

    I was looking over your lesson plans and thought to myself…if only I could keep myself organized like Deedee. I need to keep my plans simple and focused, I shall give them another try!

    THanks once again,

    • Deedee January 6 at 12:42 am

      Ha! If you could see me behind the scenes you would not be impressed!

      Enjoy your finals weeks of R and R…

      Season premiere is tomorrow night!!!! OHHHH!!!

  • Laura January 6 at 12:21 am

    Oh, Deedee! I had no idea you liked Downton Abbey, girl! Ooh, I love it! I do not, however, love running! I wish I did! Good for you! FYI: One of my Kindergarten friends lives and breathes for your visual plans! Ob.sessed. 🙂
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

    • Deedee January 6 at 12:39 am

      Thank you!!!! I am so hooked on the show… which means I have no life. I don't really watch TV otherwise. We will have to chat on Sunday about the new season!!!

  • Ms D. January 6 at 2:36 am

    I love Downton Abbey too… can't wait until tomorrow night ! We are having a tea and scones party during the premiere !

    • Deedee January 6 at 3:04 am

      No way!!! What an awesome idea! My husband is on the West Coast, so I am going to record it and watch it with him when he gets back. I might steal your idea!!

    • Carrie January 6 at 5:12 am

      I love your idea of having tea and scones! Fun!

  • Ms D. January 6 at 2:37 am

    Love your all of your activities, too…

  • Cheryl Ener January 6 at 3:43 am

    I always love your ideas! You motivate me! Okay – I am moving my Word Wall – making it close to the ground somehow so the kids can manipulate it! I have a Sunday project! Thanks for the cute freebies!
    Crayons and Curls

    • Deedee January 6 at 4:19 am

      Thanks Cheryl, mine is on my whiteboard with magnets. My kiddos can go up and take the words off and bring them to their desks. It was hard to give up one of my whiteboards, but I am really glad I did.

  • Anne Patterson January 6 at 1:39 pm

    thanks so much for the lesson plan post! We are revamping our language arts program; you, Deanna J, and Kim A have been so helpful with your wonderful products! I am the lone k teacher at my school, so your plans and products keep me from reinventing the wheel all the time! thank you so very much!

  • egower January 6 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks so much for the comment about when you started your blog. I started a blog earlier this week and very quickly got discouraged (my only followers to date are my husband, mother-in-law, and a teacher I work with). I am still not sure if it will take off, but it least knowing that you started off the same way makes me feel a little better. I love your blog and have bought many things from your TPT store. I don't have the talent to create the wonderful things you do, but I think my blog will be a good place for teachers to talk and brainstorm together. Thanks Again. Erica

  • Kristen January 6 at 2:53 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Downton!!! I've been rewatching the old episodes to get ready for the new season!

    I also love seeing your plans, as always 🙂

  • Amanda January 6 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you for posting your visual lesson plans! I love it! I was very excited to see another teacher out in blog land who uses Saxon Math. That is what we use in our district as well. It also made me happy to see that you are incorporating other math components to it like a journal and math stations. I do the same thing!

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  • Miss Nguyen's Class January 7 at 6:52 am

    What's Downtown Abbey? I feel like I have been living under a rock.

    • Deedee January 7 at 9:46 pm

      It is on Masterpiece Theater and it is AWESOME! You can get the past episodes on HULU! Love it!

  • Sally January 7 at 7:56 am

    How good is Downtown Abbey??!!! I am obsessed with it too! Thank you so much for the lessons you put on your blog. They are a constant source of inspiration and ideas! I have just started blogging and am loving it s far. Hoping to get to 20 followers and then will be having a giveaway!


    • Deedee January 8 at 4:20 am

      I know… I think I actually have my husband hooked too. It is a world that I really don't know much about, so it is fascinating to listen to all of the etiquette.

      Good for you! Blogging is such a fun addiction for me. I hope you are enjoying every minute of it!

  • Lesson Plans and Lollipops January 8 at 4:41 am

    I'm a huge Downton Abbey fan too! I'm also the newest follower of your blog.

  • Carrie January 9 at 4:13 am

    on your word wall do you just have the sight words or do you put the word family words there too? If you don't, then do you list them somewhere else in the room?

  • Mel - From the Pond January 12 at 1:24 pm

    Isn't it just devine! I got Season 2 shipped out from the USA on DVD, and it worked up until the last episode! It was torture, as we didn't get it on DVD here in Asutralia until months later… I had to wait 5 weeks for TV to catch up! Love it too! Goodness knows how long we will have to wait for season 3… I will have to get around to learning how to watch/download TV on the internet.

  • Chrissy January 17 at 3:18 am

    I Live-tweeted during Downton Abbey this past Sunday eve and it was So Much Fun! I found seasons one and two on Hulu last summer; watched the entire thing in two days! (and each episode many times over since) Bless Edith, she is the original Jan Brady!

    Your weekly plans look amazing–I like the new layout!

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