Monday, May 6, 2013

It's Time for Manic Monday Freebies...

This past weekend just flew by! There were two highlights of this weekend. 
1. We had a neighborhood yard sale. My boys (ages 4 and 8) followed their pop pop (he was taking the baby for a walk), and they had $5 each to spend. I had to stay with our junk  stuff we were selling while my husband went to the chiropractor. A little while later, I saw my father-in-law (aka "Pop Pop"), but the other boys weren't with him. I asked him where they were, and he told me they were over on the other block. I trust my older son, but DO NOT trust the 4-year old (for very valid reasons). I took off in a slow jog (in very uncomfortable flats) in search of them, but couldn't find them. When I got back home, there they were playing with the $10 shark boat they just purchased. Yes, they spent all their money (but, they were safe). If I would have found them just moments sooner, I could have helped them bargain-my specialty!
2. My baby discovered how to make wall art this weekend, as he created a beautiful green mural on our entryway wall. Nice! Hello, Magic Eraser!

Now, on to the freebie...
This is May's Writing Prompt Menu that I use with my first graders. They helped me with this month's prompts. 

Each month, I introduce the new menu with my students, and we read each prompt. We do a few together before they are expected to use it independently. I make a few copies, laminate them and place them in the Writing Station. During Daily 5, when they choose to write, students are encouraged to use the prompt menu. When I first tried using these menus a few months ago, I was amazed at how many students used them. I was also floored by the amount of writing they did! A simple change to the Writing Station made a world of difference. If you want this writing prompt menu, just click on the image below. It's that simple! 

How do/would you use a prompt menu?

If you would like some other freebie goodies, check out the Manic Monday link by Charity Preston at:
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. I love the wall art :) Magic eraser is the best, but I'm also glad you snapped a pic!
    Thank you for the May writing prompts - always, always useful! Especially this time of year for - we've been doing so many year-end assessments & conferencing. Writing prompts have helped this time go smoothly.

  2. Hi Jen!

    What I love about this story is that your boys were clever/cooperative enough to pull their funds together to buy the $10 shark boat. How sweet!

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