Monday Linkies: July 8th

Hello blogging friends! 
Sorry I've been MIA this week - moving is a full-time job :)
All of our worldly possessions left today -
one week from today, we move into our new home!
So I'm here now to do some blogging catch up!
Similes Mentor Text
This week's theme of "Must Read Mentor Texts" was Language Arts

Today I'm going to share an awesome book for teaching about SIMILES:

My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil
Synopsis A young girl's grandmother is in town and asks her granddaughter so many questions about the people in her life (her teachers, her best friends, her class- mates) that the artistic little girl decides to answer her grandma's questions by making portraits of the people using a pile of small objects she has collected. The following pages show portraits of her teacher, her friends, and others, each with different objects that describe the person via a simile (ie: she says that Jack is "as precise as a microscope", and then in her portrait of Jack, his nose is a small microscope.)  The pairing of similes and object art is so clever and humorous, we guarantee that you will have your students' undivided attention throughout the read aloud!  Perfect for teaching similes.
My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil
My students are fascinated by the book - it's very artistically creative and is a wonderful book for teaching about descriptive writing and similes.
I use it in conjunction with my simile and metaphor unit.

If you're looking for a good supplement to a unit,
I've created a Simile and Metaphor task cards packet:

CLICK HERE to check it out in my TpT store.

Door Decor:
Confession: I have a button obsession :)
I made this for our new apartment :)
There are SO many crafts that can be made with buttons.
Picture Frames
I took a $1 picture frame from Michaels and jazzed it up:
I put stickers on the plain frame, spelling "NYC"
Then I painted the frame green - I painted over the letters.
Then, once the paint was dry I used tweezers to pull off the stickers.
Then I added a city skyscraper cutout from my handy-dandy Cricut:
Then I used a gold Sharpie to color in the "NYC"
And added one of our engagement pictures, taken in Central Park:
 I also made another one for one of our wedding photos:

For the 4th of July, I had to do some patriotic cooking:
I think chocolate-covered strawberries are appropriate for any occasion :)
Red, Blue and White 4th Of July Party Food
These were dipped in one chocolate and then in blue sprinkles.

Looking for a quick, super easy dinner idea? Look no further!
super easy baked garlic brown sugar chicken.

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 500°F and lightly grease a casserole dish.
  2. In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar.
  4. Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes.
Check out Christy's linky for more delicious recipes!

Well I'm off for now - I'm going to enjoy Les Mis with my family :)

Note: this week's Tricks of the Trade topic is...
How do you store and organize student supplies in the classroom?
Link up your ideas on Thursday!
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