Five for Friday (and maybe a little giveaway)

Hey, everyone! I'm so excited to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! The last time I participated in this was on my old blog! I'm excited to share with you my first Five for Friday as The Balanced Teacher! 

It's my BIRTHDAY! I have never been a huge fan of birthdays, but ready to celebrate a new year. I am ready for all the new things that are going to be coming my way! To celebrate my birthday, leave a comment below and I'll choose three people to select a product from my store. Here's to 33 being FABULOUS!!

Summer is coming and I have a TON of work to do. When I took the fifth grade literacy position, I knew I would have a lot of creation ahead of me. Along with that comes teacher reading. :) This is just the START of my stack that has arrived. I'm trying to figure out how I want to structure workshop, integrate social studies, and ensure that I'm reaching the needs of all my students. Wish me luck and any suggestions are welcome! 

This product is ALMOST done!! I have taken the 5th, 6th, and 7th grade writing CCSS and created a work on writing document for upper grades. My current firsties love work on writing. This time of workshop allows them to choose prompts, and apply what they have learned in mini lessons to their own creations. As soon as I have these edited, I will be posting. Stay tuned! 

If you are interested, follow Proverbs 31 Ministries on Facebook. They provide me with daily inspirational quotes and prayers. I saw this one last week and knew I needed to share. I hope you can find some sort of meaning behind it for whatever season you are in. I know it helped me a lot! 

I. Am. So. Excited. For. Vegas. 

That's it. :) 

Happy Summer, everyone! 


  1. Happy Birthday! I hope that 33 is a fabulous year for you!

  2. Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful year! My oldest turned 33 on the 7th!

    Your #2 looks like our reading pile!!! and your #3 looks AWESOME - can't wait to check it out!!

  4. Happy Birthday! Your stack of books looks great - I have a similar sized one! :-) Thanks for the inspiration and facebook follow - I love to be inspired that way, too!
    Have fun in Vegas, I wish I was going!!

    I Love love LOVE Proverbs 31 Ministries!! I follow them on Instagram too! Such great daily reminders!!
    I can't wait to see all the fun from Vegas!! Wish I was going to meet all the amazing bloggers/tpt sellers I follow!

    It’s Kinder Time

  6. Happy Birthday Crystal! I so enjoy your blog. Looks like you have a lot of reading ahead of you. Congrats on your new position. I have my reading endorsement and one day down the road I would love to become a reading teaching. Your new writing product looks great, I wish you lots of success on it. Thank you for proverb, I wrote it down, I love it! It's a great reminder to reflect and grow from every situation. I will have to check them out on Instagram. Have a wonderful birthday!

  7. Yay! Happy birthday Crystal! I love your #5....VEGAS...AH!!!! I. can't. wait.
    Lucky Little Learners

  8. Angie, MyDayinK, and Amanda Werner,YOU WIN!! Send me an email!

    Thank you to everyone for my birthday wishes! I had a great day!

  9. Happy Birthday!! Love that Proverbs 31 Ministries! -Kristen Moore to Learn