Five for Friday (10/14/16)


Does anybody else feel like September and October are the hardest months of teaching? There is just so much to do! But I stole a few minutes to share what's been going on 'round here. 

Last weekend was our school's fall carnival. We had an amazing turn out. Seriously, we sold out of pumpkins and families were there all. day. long. So was I. But the weather was absolutely beautiful and I dragged my middle schooler up there with me to work the class booth. It was so much fun and more than half my class was there at one time or another.

Our OCD kicked in at one point and we had to organize the prizes by color. Cause why would they be mixed? 

So this week, we're learning about rounding. I've never taught rounding before. And I was observed teaching it on day two. Luckily all went well. But my kids need more practice. A lot more practice. So I made a Rounding Scoot Game. You can grab a copy here. I love getting my kids up and moving during math and this was a great solution. 

We started descriptive writing this week with a little help from the Clutter-Free Classroom. We cut open a pumpkin on Tuesday and described it inside and out. What is it about cutting open a pumpkin that makes kids so excited?! They absolutely loved describing their pumpkins, sniffing it, and squishing the insides. It was awesome, but I totally forgot to get a picture of all the excitement. 

Next week, we're taking a field trip to see the Kokanee Salmon up in Lake Tahoe. I've never been to this part of the lake before so I'm probably just as excited as the kids! Before we go, though, we have to learn a few things about the Kokanee. And bears. And what to do if we see a bear. (Do not run and scream. I repeat, do NOT run and scream.)

There are lots of resources available about salmon, but not so many about this variety. It's different because it's landlocked and is found almost exclusively to this area. So I've been creating. A lot.

We've been watching the new Class Dojo videos the last two weeks and they are amazing! If you haven't checked them out yet, get on it! This series is about empathy, something we can all work on. 

Thanks for stopping by! Now head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun.

Five for Friday (9/30/16)

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Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but here it's been quite a week. I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching with the scoop. 

We've been working hard this week on our weather rotations in science. I love the rotations because students can work at their own pace. The kids love them because they can be independent with their learning and get up and move. I put the vocabulary cards in a tub full of fake snow and all their little eyes got really big! They were loving that station. The erosion station was a big hit, too. I LOVE seeing them get so excited about science!

One of my little buddies took flexible seating to the next level this week. He wanted to sit in the lunch bucket, but instead sat on it. (Much safer if there's a fire drill!) You would have thought I had just given him a Christmas present! He was so excited to sit on a bucket. Go figure.

My reading group came to me hating reading, but I think I'm getting through! We've read a couple My Weird School books aloud and some Roscoe Riley. They're hilarious are really keep their attention. I love it when my students beg me read to them! Several have asked to check some out from my library and read at home. Score! I love turning a reluctant reader into an avid one! They may not be classic literature, but we have to start somewhere!

This week has been a busy one, and I've done a bit of retail therapy this week. I loved my TEACH shirt from The Blue Envelope so much I bought a READ one. If you've hesitated buying one, let me assure you, the fit is great and they are SO soft!

And I needed a little TLC this week, so I made my first Perfectly Posh purchase (say that five times fast!) If you haven't checked them out yet, now's the time. They have stress reliever, eye de-puffers, anti-aging and foot creams, essential oil sticks, and more! I personally can't wait to try the eye cream. Why do people tell you you look tired? As if I wasn't already aware of that. If you've tried it, let me know how you like it in the comments.

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by! Now go check out Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun! Have a great day!


Five for Friday (9/16/16)

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Happy Friday, y'all! I can't believe we've already been in school for a MONTH! Time is flying by. I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share what's been going on in this neck of the woods. 

We started our first round of science rotations this week. So far the kids and I have been LOVING IT! One of my littles said, "I was totally learning stuff!" We work our rotations like this: 

I love this format because whole group lessons can be extremely challenging in the afternoon when my kiddos are all wiggly and antsy. This way, they get moving, I can see exactly who is understanding each topic, and where we still have questions. 

Our first round of science stations was on weather. You can check out the units we're using here. This week's focus is on weather tools, layers of the atmosphere, types of weather, etc. Next week, we'll move into cloud types, the water cycle, seasons, etc. 

One of their stations was to create a shelter for a Lego character to keep the weather off of him. I was pretty impressed with this little toilet paper roll mansion they made. Check out the front entryway. 

If you like that format, stay tuned. A lot more units are on their way. I'm also working on a few social studies units that follow the same setup, like this Election Unit.

We've been working hard on learning our multiplication facts this year. We took a break from our regularly scheduled curriculum to play a few hands on games with some friends from another class. They are doing AMAZING.  These games are from Jillian Starr's Multiplication Mega Pack. 

Halloween erasers make every math game better. :) 

I'll be starting a course tomorrow on Mathematical Mindsets. Our district received a grant for several teachers to take this year-long course for free! I'm excited to get started. Have you read this book? What did you think? 

In class, we started reading Wonder this week. If you haven't read this yet, you are missing out. I'm trying so hard not to cry in class, but it keeps getting tougher and tougher as we go along. My class is so sweet and they totally sympathize with August. This has been a great read for us. 

What are you reading to your class right now? Let me know in the comments, then head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Five for Friday (9/2/16)


Happy Friday, y'all! Can you BELIEVE it's SEPTEMBER! That's just crazy. Today is the end of our 2nd full week of school and the days are already flying by. I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share what we've been up to the last two weeks. 

August 22nd was our first day of school. We had a jam-packed, fun-filled day and it was one of the best first days I've ever had. I must have made an impression on them 'cause one of my kiddos wrote this on his first day poem:

I really thought I toned the crazy down that day. :)

After we made our class rules together, we created a poster to show were are "all in" on the rules together. I LOVE how it turned out!

And the kids LOVED their first stem challenge. They had to "Help Harry" by creating a pedestal of some kind for their "Harry." (It said to use a pom pom with eyes, but I have an excessive amount of Easter eggs left over I just drew eyes on.) It was a team building activity disguised as science. And they've begged me to do another one ever since. 

We created our "Friend Wanted" posters last week, too. (Thanks Jillian Starr!) The kids did an AH-MAZING job of describing what they want to have in a friend. This class is awesome!

And this week, we've started working on multiplication. I won a set of double dice (or dice inside of dice) during PD and we've been using them to build arrays. They're catching on SO FAST! I've been blown away!

And on a non-teaching-elated-but-totally-amazing-note, have you heard that Kendra Scott now has nail polish?! It matches many of their stones and is absolutely GORGEOUS! I usually don't spend much on a single bottle of nail polish, but I may need a beginning of the school year treat here soon!

Anyway, I hope you've either HAD an amazing beginning of the year or you do HAVE a fabulous one. And PLEASE take time to enjoy this three day weekend ahead. Now, head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday awesomeness! Have a great weekend!

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