Friday, February 27, 2015

Full Week Five For Friday!

We finally had an entire week of school with no delays! I'm hoping now that March is almost here, we'll be done with snow days and crazy wind chills. I feel like I've really earned my Friday this week, and I'm celebrating by linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her weekly Five for Friday linky.

My dad died on February 10th, so my niece and I got together to create a photo collage for his memorial service. It was bittersweet.  This is one of my favorite pictures.  That's me in the middle, if you hadn't guessed.  

Interactive Notebook activity by Blair Turner.

We've been elbow-deep in fraction activities this week.  We started with fractions of a region, whole, and set.  We moved on to identifying fractions on a number line.  Today, I explained about mixed numbers.  We drew several examples in our spirals.  Finally, I introduced mixed numbers on a number line. Please forgive the messy, messy number line that I drew on my Smartboard!  My math block was rapidly dwindling, and I was determined to at least introduce them to the concept.  I was in a hurry, and my Smartboard does this weird thing when your pen reaches the middle. Can you spot the "blip" after the number one?

The temperature was 9 below zero on Tuesday morning when I left for work.  I am SO ready for spring.

We started a new dog-themed reading unit this week. We started off with the Dog Jobs Activity Booklet by Green Grubs Garden Club.  We also read Rosie, A Visiting Dog's Story by Stephanie Calmenson.  To review vocabulary, we inferred meanings using context clues. Then different students came to the front of the room one-by-one.  A vocabulary word was stuck to the student's back. Everyone else had to give clues so the student could guess what the word was.  We even fit in some dog poetry this week:  Mother Doesn't Want a Dog by Judith Viorst and My Dog, He is an Ugly Dog by Jack Prelutsky.  The students partnered up to discuss the various points of view presented in the poems.  

Friday nights with my family are the best.  My son gave me permission to share his doodles with you. You've got to love pigs with parasols and propeller hats!

Have a great weekend! Does anyone else have a big bag of work to do?  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Worship Wednesday

I'm happy to be linking up with Beth at Adventures of a Schoolmarm for another Worship Wednesday. Of course, it's Thursday, but that's fairly close!    

As I was driving home tonight, I was listening to my Spotify playlist.  This was the song that "rang true" tonight.  I'll let the song speak for itself!

Please click on the image above to go to Pinterest.  You can get to the original source from there. 

It's easy sometimes to be caught up in all of life's busyness.  We forget about the overwhelming, "relentless love of God" that pursues us. When we realize how much He loves us, that's when we want to live for Him.  Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, February 23, 2015


I'm happy to announce that Teachers Pay Teachers is having a ONE DAY ONLY sitewide sale this Wednesday, February 25th.

All of the products in my store will be 20% off. You get an extra 10% off of my discounted price by using promo code HEROES.  Thanks to Tessa Maguire for the eye-catching and fun promotional picture!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Five for Friday

It was a short week.  We had Monday and Tuesday off.  There was a "frigid weather" delay on Friday. I still managed to gets lots of pictures of what we've been up to.  I'm linking up (a day late) with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

Our turtle and tortoise projects are finished!  We've had so many days off lately that it seemed to take forever.  Three groups decided to create books.  One group created a poster. For more about our turtle/tortoise research project and a FREEBIE, click here

The children's snow monster stories are also finished!  They got together with partners and in groups of three to share their writing with one another.  These cute snow monsters were a quick, fun activity to wrap everything up.  

Yesterday these turkeys decided to hang out in the field outside my classroom window.  The poor things must be hungry and really cold.  I called the kids over in small groups to look at them.  

The Golden Fork has made its appearance in the cafeteria!  It's on a fancy silver tray.  The table with the quietest, most mannerly students gets the GOLDEN FORK placed on it!  The children seated at the "golden fork" table get to line up first. We have a teacher who runs our Positive Behavior Assemblies, and she is masterful at getting the kids excited about these things.  Prior to the fork being used in the cafe, she showed it to the students at one of our assemblies.  It was so cute to watch their little jaws drop open in amazement.

In our town, there is a group of moms that gets together to pray for us every week.  In the staff room Wednesday there was this note along with a basket full of instant apple cider, hot chocolate packets, and tea bags. There were also styrofoam cups with lids. They're a blessing.

I hope you've had a wonderful week.  Head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday posts.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Scoop

It's a ridiculously cold Sunday in the Northeast.  I'm happy to be indoors in my sweats and wool socks.  I'm also glad to be linking up with Kristen, Juliet, & Cassie from The Teaching Trio for another Sunday Scoop

It's Sunday, and I've been procrastinating in a BIG way!  In my bag are a stack of narrative writing prompts and another stack of midyear math tests.  The math tests will be quick to grade.  And I know once I start working, I'll actually have a blast reading the kids' stories.  Right now, though, I'm just not into it!  

On Wednesday, I'm scheduled to meet with my principal for my midyear check-in.  I need to analyze some data and record it in an organized way so we'll actually have something to talk about!  

It has finally stopped snowing, and the sun is out. There is a serious windchill warning though.  I've asked my husband to please wait until tomorrow afternoon to go out and use the snowblower.  I like his face with all of the parts unfrozen!  

I'm hoping to get out in the next couple of days to buy duct tape for a class project. I'd also like to get over to see my stepmother.  With the cold and the additional snow forecast for Tuesday, I'm not sure it will happen.

Two more days of winter break!  You've got to love those long weekends.  Do you have any additional time off this week?  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Rootin-Tootin Valentine's Day

Let me start by saying that some of you may be completely appalled by what I'm about to share.  I can only apologize in advance.  Here's what my kids woke up to this morning as a Valentine's Day surprise.

Yes. Whoopie cushions.  They were a GAS! (Pun TOTALLY intended!)  I had also put out a trail of red paper heart doilies from the kids' rooms to the kitchen. The cat liked that. 

And, of course, I left a few surprises around the house for my husband.  One was in the fridge.  He spotted it when he went to get the eggs and bacon for our Valentine's Day breakfast. 

Happy Valentine's Day!  We're having yet ANOTHER snowstorm here in Connecticut. I'm ready for spring, but being snowed in with my family is kind of nice.  We have a four-day weekend. Do you get extra time off for Presidents' Day?  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Even to Your Graying Years

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, my dad died.  He was 77.  It was the perfect  week for me to discover this brand new linky hosted by Beth from Adventures of a Schoolmarm.  I'm a day late but glad to be joining in. 

My dad had been weak and unwell for a long time.  As you can imagine, I've prayed for him a great deal. One of the scriptures that kept resonating with me was Isaiah 46:3-4.  I know that these verses were part of God's promise to the house of Jacob, but I also know that he has borne me from birth and that even to my old age and my graying years He will be the same. He is faithful, and His love for my dad runs far deeper and will last far longer than my love ever could.  

Credits: Papers by Vinnie Pearce & Michelle Coleman, photo corners by Anita Richards, bow by Edeline Marta, font by Kimberly Geswein

You can grab the verse poster by clicking on the image above. 

A song I love that has been a comfort this week is My Redeemer Lives. Click here to hear it. 

Head over to Adventures of a Schoolmarm for more Worship Wednesday.