Writing to Inform and Veteran’s Day

Now that my boys have made it through the first big sickness of the year, I finally feel like I can catch my breath.  Whew…that was a ROUGH couple of weeks!!  I really worked hard to make up for lost time with my {school} littles this week…and it was definitely a busy one!!! 

Since I missed the 50th day of school so I could stay at home to take care of my little sickie, I decided to treat my kids to some 50th day fun on Friday.  We did a few activities from my 50th day of school packet and finished our day with some DElicious root beer floats.  Can you say 3 servings for the teacher?!  After enjoying our afternoon treats…and surveying the class {ALL 19 of us LOVED the floats!!!}, we talked about writing a how-to.  Before our how-to, we talked about the different reasons authors write…to persuade, to express their feelings, to inform, etc….and referred back to our “Why Writer’s Write” anchor chart.


I told the kids we were going to write to INFORM…and we discussed why…and then we wrote our little root beer float how-to’s as a whole group during our shared reading/writing time…here’s our little anchor chart!


Then the kids got busy making their own….PRESH!

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I LOVE the 50th day!!!!!!  Even when we celebrate 3 days late :)

We’ll be busy honoring our Veterans on Monday, so we learned all about Veterans Day last week, too.  Deanna Jump has the BEST little Veteran’s Day packet {newly revised, by the way} that I LOVE using this time of year!!!  You might remember these little cuties I did with my class a couple of years ago…


Well, I also saved my anchor chart and pulled that out after we brainstormed some words to describe our veterans.  LOVE that I had it handy to pull out and use as our anchor chart after our little brainstorming session!!! 


Of course, the kids were SO excited to make their own little veterans and even MORE excited to see them hanging in the hall later that afternoon!  TOO cute!!!  It seems like SO many of my kids have family members serving in the military, so they made some amazing connections during this activity.  God bless everyone serving in the military {past & present} and the family members that have to sacrifice during their absence.  I will forever be grateful!!!!!!!!!! 


Now I’m off to get ready for the big race tomorrow!!!  Color Run 2012, baby!!!  I am BEYOND out of shape, but SO excited about getting color crazy with my bestie in the A.M.!!!! 

OH…wait!!!!  If you’re browsing around this weekend and want a new blog to read….or add to your ever-growing list…head over to Kick Starting Kindergarten and visit my friend, Brandy!  She’s a teacher at my school and has some GREAT ideas!!! 


  1. Super cute as always! LOVE your ideas :-)
    First Grade Fanatic!

  2. Love everything you do! You are so talented,,

  3. You need to make & sale your anchor charts! They are WONDERFUL!!
    Amy Howbert

    Little Miss Organized

  4. Great Veteran's day activities! I totally missed it this year. Too many assessments, report cards, etc. Saving some of these ideas for next year!

    What i have learned

  5. Thanks Cara! You are such a sweetie! :0)
    All your work looks awesome! Your class is so lucky to have you!


    1. Brandy Nicole! That is my name too!! LOL! :) :)

  6. Excellent!!! Our 50th day is Tuesday and I am so excited for the Root Beer Floats. :) LOVE those little booklets!!!
    Growing Firsties is having a Pete the Cat Giveaway that also donates to Hurricane Sandy Relief!

  7. That should be root *beer* floats!! Ive got happy fingers today!

  8. Your students are so lucky to have you! I bet they are THANKFUL for you!

  9. Your charts are the best! They come together beautifully. :)

    Granny Goes to School

  10. Cara - those root beer floats are adorable! Do you have a template for them? If so, I would love it.

  11. What a great post! I am a 1st grade teacher as well and sometimes find myself racking my brain trying to think of ways to engage my students in ways that I haven't before, all the while making what we're learning interesting. Your projects are so awesome! I just read a great book you might like, it's called "Teach Like A PIRATE" by Dave Burgess. You can check him out and get the book right from the website http://daveburgess.com/. Thanks for the post!

  12. Super cute, as usual! I'd love for you to stop by and check out our little soldiers! We're right outside of a military post so EVERYONE is connected to the military in some way! The kiddos really love creating their soldiers!

    On another note...We have the same teaching easel! Oh, how I adore Lakeshore Learning...they're stuff lasts forever! Hope you're enjoying your long weekend! =)

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

  13. I, too, would love a template to do the root beer float books if possible. Thanks for your awesome ideas! Your kids sure are lucky!!