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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A letter to next year's teacher foldable

It must have been a good day. . . because my brain was working in full gear and I feel like I accomplished a lot!

Maybe it's because my husband is in Texas until tomorrow and I have more time to get things done. .. 

Nah. . . that can't be it.

Maybe it's because the heat broke and we had a normal spring day!


Maybe it's because I'm anxiously waiting for my grand daughter to be born anyday now and my students (and a couple sneaky teachers!) made a Shutterfly book for me with photos of how I could be a good gramma!

What EVER! I'm just glad it was a good day.

I created this foldable for my students to do while I assessed them on DRA2. Does anyone else use DRA2? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you have something better to suggest? I'm really torn on this.

I know that DRA2 tells me a lot about what my kids know about reading and where I need to work with them to get them to become better readers. . . . .but holy cow!

They take so long to give. Especially when they get to higher than 28. 

I know that some schools rely on Dibels, but I don't think that accurately tells much about the reading skills of the student except if they have fluency or not. If it's too hard for them, then they don't read well.

End of story!

Wow! I really got off track . . .so sorry!

Every year I like my kids to write a letter to their (unknown) 3rd grade teacher. They don't find out till mid August who that teacher is. I want that teacher to see how well they write (or not!), spell, and what their perception is of themselves. This activity turned out cute. I made mine on white construction paper, but they could be cuter if you made yours on various colors of construction paper.

So I created this foldable.

 Child writes their name under the words "All About" I've included in this pack several different fonts. I copied about 4 for each one and let the kids choose one that they liked best. Then they cut it up (again showing how well they can cut and glue (dot, dot, not a lot!).
 On this yellow paper they describe themselves, age, siblings, interests, etc. (I copied the lined paper on a variety of colored copy paper so each child could choose their favorite. I insisted they write their descriptions first, then cut and glued them down.)
 On the second yellow paper they write about  the best part of their character or personality.
 Under the 3rd flap the write about a subject (not recess or soccer!) that they are strong in and why.
Under the final flap they write about an area they know they are weak in and why. They could even put HOW they could improve this area.


Go ahead and grab it, just let me know if you like it or not. And if you take my idea and change it to make it fit your needs, please remember my feelings and pass along the original idea.

Thanks. . .

Only 11 days minus one day for field trip, minus one half day for field day. . . . jeesh!

Would the end just get here!

But I'm not counting. . .  heh heh heh!



  1. This is excellent!! I just had to give one of my very high students a DRA level 28 & it took forever! I can't even begin to imagine what it's like having your whole class do that! Congratulations on becoming a grandma!!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. I am in school to be a teacher and I only have one year left! I am grabbing things that I can do in my future classroom and I love this activity. Thank you for sharing!

  3. This is a great idea for the end of the year! Thanks for sharing!

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  4. Thanks so much. This is a really good project!

  5. Great idea!!! Would be awesome for my upcoming fifth graders to do :)

    Every New Beginning Blog

  6. I love this idea, and am going to try it out with my kids. I also shared this activity with some of my colleagues. Thank you!


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