Five for Friday

I know it’s not technically Friday, but I was just way too tired last night to get anything done!  As many of you have noted Daylight Savings was a tough one this year!!  For me, it was on the last day of our spring break (which, side note- our district pushed back a week for the next two years!  So now it will correspond with the surrounding schools and universities… as well as nicer weather!), so waking up for work on Monday morning was ROUGH.  I did make sure to get out of the house early enough though for a Starbucks run for myself and my teaching partner 😉  We needed it!  So, long story short, here is my 5 for Friday… on Saturday morning.

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Do you notice something different?  I checked my email as soon as I woke up this morning and there was a glorious little message for me… “your blog design is installed and looking fabulous!”  I was super excited, and I have to say that I agree!!  Tenille did a terrific job whipping up my blog design, I couldn’t be happier.  I am just amazed that she was able to sort through my vague ideas to create exactly what I had imagined.  If you are thinking about vamping up your blog I seriously recommend working with her.
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We had WONDERFUL weather this week.  We went from sub zero temps to up in the high 40’s and 50’s.  It was a much needed taste of spring for everybody.  We were able to have a lot of driveway fun after school… this guy kills me 🙂  He and daddy picked out his helmet a few weeks ago… it just cracks me up!  He gave up on trying to ride his new bike and opted for big sis’ old scooter.
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I had some “free” time while my student teacher was doing his final week of full time teaching, so I revamped this shared bulletin board outside my classroom.  I have a second grade class next to me, and all year we have been struggling with what to put up here (I moved into my room this year after a second grade teacher retired- it has amazing storage and a door that connects to my teaching partners room!).  She has just been putting up some random seasonal bulletin board items that she’s used over the years and I felt that it was my turn to chip in.  I wanted to create something colorful, so I recreated a bulletin board that I had pinned over the summer- you can find it here!
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We switched from social studies to science this week (my teaching partner teaches ss and I teach science, and we combine our classes).  We started our unit on rocks, which means some fun and engaging hands on activities!!  We use FOSS kits in our classrooms, but they were so old last year that I decided to use Reagan Tunstall’s Rockin with Rocks activities.  My students last year loved it, especially the pet rock activity!  You can get it from her store here.  For this activity they were placed into mixed groups, and they are sorting rocks by size and graphing their results.  The graph they are using is part of the rocks interactive foldable that I am in the process of creating (hopefully it will be my first TPT item!  Stay tuned.)  I use a lot of interactive foldables in my classroom and my students just love them.  I’m pretty sure they say “we cut on the dotted lines, fold on the solid lines” in their sleep 😉
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I have to leave you with this screen shot.  I was searching Amazon for a gift for my student teacher, and this cracked me up.  I literally searched “teacher gifts” and this is what showed up… a coffee mug followed by wine charms.  Amazon knows that the struggle is real 😉
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that nobody gets “pinched” by any leprechauns next week!!


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