Friday, May 27, 2011

Ink Blot Poetry and a Friday FREEBIE

Sometimes I wonder why we teachers plan days ahead. (I know, it's our job, but ...) When the bell rang this morning, I noticed my line seemed quite short. And when I greeted those same faces in the classroom, I realized that more than a third of my class was absent today. There goes those well-laid plans. I took complete advantage of the situation though, and we had a fabulous day!
Have I told you before about my weakness for online shopping - especially online book shopping??? Well, the Scholastic Dollar Days sale was too good for me to pass up. In total, I ended buying 56 books! FIFTY-SIX!!! (How could you not at $1.00 a book?) This morning I quickly looked through a few of the books and found some really fun activities to do with my students (or lack of students). My favourite had to be our Ink Blot Poetry. Well, it was actually paint splotch poetry, but it worked all the same. After the students made a ink blot (paint splotch) picture, they had to write a rhyming couplet describing what they saw. We mounted them on construction paper, and I've got a brand new bulletin board display ready to go on Monday. LOVE IT!

For my Friday Freebie this week, I decided to post my Monitoring Comprehension Strategies Bookmark. I know some of you have already finished school for the year, but there are many of you (like me) still plugging away. How many of you give books as an end of the year present? I know I do (thank-you, Scholastic coupons). You can laminate these bookmarks and stick them in your books to remind students to think about their reading (yes, even in the summer). Click on the picture to bring you to my TpT store for the download.

Lastly, there are still 2 more days to enter my Graphics Factory Giveaway. I know my followers gadget doesn't seem to be working (is blogger ever going to get this fixed?), but there are still 4 other ways to enter. I will be drawing one winner Sunday evening.

Have a great weekend, everyone.


  1. I love the Ink Blot Poetry! Thanks for sharing!

    Magnificent Multiagers!

  2. 56!!! And I thought I indulged with 14

  3. Jill - you are quite welcome. The kids had a great time with these.
    Beth - I said it's my weakness ;). I figured even if I get an idea or two from the book, for $1 it's worth it. All these books are usually $19.99 and up in our Canadian catalogues.

  4. Love the ink blots. And what's this $1.00 book sale you speak of? Is it just for teachers and their classrooms or can I join in on the fun too? Please tell. I love me a deal and also some online shopping!

  5. Jill - the sale's on until the 31st. Click on the link in the post to bring you there. I think I did have to enter in school info, but if you take a peek and there's something you want, let me know and I'll get it for you - they are all ebooks. I did pick up a few books for my kiddies for the summer.

  6. I love your blog, thank you for sharing your fantastic ideas. Greetings from my creative activities blog.


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