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38 more days…but who’s counting?!

Heck yes, I’m counting! {Please go back and reread that statement in your best Napoleon Dynamite heck yes voice.  So much better.} So, it’s Tuesday! …


Heck yes, I’m counting! {Please go back and reread that statement in your best Napoleon Dynamite heck yes voice.  So much better.} So, it’s Tuesday!  Already!  For some reason, my county extended our Spring Break to include yesterday (PTL!), and I am all kinds of glad that I didn’t have to return the Monday after Spring Break.  In fact, all weeks would be much better if they started on Tuesday, no? Sigh.  Look at my boy.  I’m catching glimpses of what he’s going to look like as a young man some day.  YOUNG. MAN.  Did I just type that?!  He’s going to be four in June and that just makes me want to stop time RIGHT THIS INSTANT.  076 078079 084 Spring Break is OVER, the Cats *won* (yes, I’m a UK grad for those you who asked), and most of us can officially say that school is out next month.  NEXT MONTH!  Ah!  Since my student teacher is soloing, I’ve been reviewing our curriculum documents, giving my strugglers some extra support, and preparing for the month of May when I’m back to being a full-time teacher again.  Today I made an anchor chart.  What’s new?!  😉 While I’m always questioning my students while we’re reading, I wanted to be a little more intentional about making sure my kiddos were thinking and questioning while reading.  I made a little visual aide to help guide their thinking.  {Of course, this would’ve been ideal to introduce at the beginning of the year, but I’m still getting to know the Common Core and time is always an issue!} 099

Here’s a set of these questions for you that you could use during class discussions or put at a reading center to encourage your students’ thinking and aide in comprehension.  Each one relates to a Common Core Standard, too 🙂   Just fill out the form at the bottom of this post and you’ll receive the mini-posters via email!

Check out this free set of questions that students should ask while they are reading. They are great for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade students. Each question is Common Core aligned and lists the standard at the bottom.

So, how are y’all?  Is everyone else as excited for the conclusion of this school year as I am?  I mean, I can only drink so much wine.  I kid, I kid!  Happy not-Monday!

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  1. How did you know what I would be teaching after my student teacher's week of soloing???? I have ONE week before the dreaded Stanford 10 test.

    BTW, Becks is looking so much like your hubby!!! He is so cute!–Becks I mean because I'm not hitting on your hubby. 🙂

  2. Thanks SO much for the great posters Abby! We are all getting geared up for Common Core and things like this are terrific.

    Your boy is adorable. They grow up fast. Enjoy EVERY minute!

    Lori @

  3. Oh my heavens…Becks is SO unbelievably charming and adorable. That first picture SERIOUSLY melts my heart. I must agree that having yesterday off was delicious.

    That anchor chart is perfect.
    Seeing you pop up on my blog roll always makes me smile! 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of your week…I know it'll fly by!

    A Year of Many Firsts

  4. I love your anchor charts. I wish my handwriting and art is as wonderful as yours. I hope you don't mine me pinning your chart. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas with us.

  5. You are the real deal. Your anchor charts blow me away. I try to be like you, but just cannot make it look nearly as cool. Jealous.

    Your son is precious. It does go fast, doesn't it? Mine are 4 and 6. I cannot believe I will have a Kindergartener and a Second Grader next year. Wow.

    Thanks for the posters!

    First in Maine

  6. Children do grow up too fast! Mine are 22 and 19!! It seems like yesterday they were little kids! I love your reading anchor chart and question cards. Thanks for sharing, as always!

  7. I have 36 more days….have have my little ones counting backwards in their math journals how many day until they are a first grader. Enjoy your son they grow up fast!

    Love your chart…my charts are never cute. Thanks for sharing the cards.


  8. Love these posters!! Your little boy is SERIOUSLY adorable!! Love those pictures with the pinwheel!

    I love the frames on the posters – where did you get them?!

    Ummm YES I'm counting, too! Wine is ALWAYS a good idea! 😉

    Rowdy in Room 300

  9. Absolutely LOVE your anchor charts! It always seems like you do them on a computer. Your handwriting and drawing is awesome!Such envy here!
    We have 29 days left here! I'm so excited and can't wait!

    Your son is adorable. They grow up so fast. I have 2 daughters and a son. 7, 4, and 1. Time is FLYING by. Enjoy him!! 🙂

  10. Seriously, your charts always look amazing! Mine start out cute and neat and then I am suddenly in a crunch for time and the bottom of the chart looks like a ten year old did it.

  11. Beck's is adorable!

    Your anchor charts rock!

    Cheers to you….as I drink my wine too!

    I thought of you the other day when I heard Darius Rucker's song "It Won't Be Like This for Long". Cherish these moments with your little man! =)

    Heather's Heart

  12. Thanks for sharing your question cards and chart. I am now your newest follower. I wish I was able to draw like you do! But alas I can't. So I have made an electronic version using some of your questions to use when school goes back. I have put it on my blog to share.


    Sowing Seeds of Learning

  13. Your son is ADORABLE! And then, your anchor chart is TOO CUTE!! I loved having a student teacher a few years ago, too, because I was able to do some planning ahead. I LOVE the reading questions you posted for free, too!! Beautiful! I'm definitely going to use them! Thank you for sharing!!
    I am so jealous that you are out next month! We still have to go until June 16th!! UGH!!
    Enjoy your last month.

    Thrills in Third Grade

  14. Those pics of Becks are ADORABLE! He totally IS a little man and I predict that he's gonna be breaking hearts left and right someday. 🙂 Sidenote: Life got crazy for a while and I had to cut out some of my daily blog reading, so unfortunately I stopped reading "teacher blogs" for a while. I couldn't figure out why you rarely posted on Babbling Abby until it finally clicked – DUH! Apparently you've been over here all along and I've been missing out bigtime! I'm now officially reading ONE "teacher blog" – hehe. In a non-creepy way, I missed you!

  15. LOOOOOOVE your anchor chart Abby!!! So creative and very helpful to the kiddos and as a reminder to myself during small group GR lessons. Thanks for sharing your reading questions printables too! So generous!!

    🙂 Sophia

    Fanciful First Grade

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