Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cereal Box Examinations: Wordless Wednesday

I'm a day late for Wordless Wednesday, a weekly linky party hosted by Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice.  Our wacky testing schedule is making my brains scramble. One more week!

We've started a new opinion writing project. The students circulated around the room with partners examining cereal boxes and jotting notes about the persuasive techniques they noticed. Groups will write commercial scripts to present to the class. 

Do you have a favorite writing project?  Tell me about it in the comments!  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Quadrilaterals and Smelly Lymph Nodes

We've started state testing.  Today was day one, and I'm SO TIRED!  It's amazing that sitting while the students do all of the hard work can be so draining.

Tonight, as I sat on the couch with my husband, I told him that I felt like I was losing my voice and that my lymph nodes felt swollen. Then I said, "I wonder if being exhausted can make your lymph nodes SMELL."  Not swell. Smell!  He suggested that I get that checked.

Tea with honey and an early bedtime are needed, I think!

In the classroom, I've been trying to keep our review engaging. Linda Kamp from Around the Kampfire shared a great idea on her blog.  Her class did a project that she called Quadrilateral Quotes. My students LOVED it.  You can visit Around the Kampfire by clicking here.  You can pop over to Linda's Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here.

Here are a couple of photos of my students' quadrilateral creations. Have a good week!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Five for Friday

I'm on spring break! Hooray! This is a TWO WEEK Five for Friday. It's been busy around here lately! I couldn't seem to get my act together to post last week. Thank you, Kacey, for hosting!  Head over to Kacey's blog, Doodle Bugs Teaching, for more Five for Friday fun.

On April Fool's Day, one of my students came up to me during snack with something hidden behind her back and said, "Do you want a brownie?"  I accepted and she gave me this!

These gorgeous bulletin board displays line the hallway near the main office at my school. Our hardworking and amazing art teacher created them to highlight our school rules.
  • Have responsibility.
  • Use honesty.
  • Show respect to all.
  • Keep safe in every setting.

We finished our final round of NWEA testing this week.  To motivate the kids, I created these forms with their fall and winter scores and their goal for this time. After our break, we'll have state testing! Blah!  May will be a lovely, lovely month once all of the testing is finished. I'll be able to just TEACH! (At least until all of our end-of-year benchmarks are due!) To grab a blank copy of the form, click here.

We've been learning about types of triangles and quadrilaterals.  I threw in some measuring as well. We did a really great project this week, but I forgot to take pictures. It will have to be shared in a future blog post.  Perimeter and area are the current topics of study.  If you have any fun ideas, please share in the comments.  

Amy Lemons shared a great idea on Instagram.  She left one of her daughter's plastic eggs empty with a little poem inside.  In the top photo, I've shared my last-minute-jot-it-on-a-sticky-note version of her idea.  My kids loved it.  

To all of you on spring break...ENJOY!  If you'll be working this upcoming week, have an amazing time with your students. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Currently April

Farley's Currently linky is always fun, so I'm linking up this month (a few days late).  Head over to Farley's blog, Oh Boy 4th Grade, for more Currently fun.

My wonderful son loaded and started the dishwasher this morning, and my daughter is talking to her stuffed animals in her room.  She has quite the imagination!

I love three-day weekends.  Yesterday, I kept thinking that it was Saturday.  But TODAY is Saturday. Having an extra day is so nice. 

The weather here in Connecticut is finally starting to get a bit more springlike.  There is still quite a bit of snow on the ground in places, but it's rapidly melting.  It's supposed to be in the 50s today, so I'm hoping we can go out for a drive.  There's a lighthouse I want to visit.

I bought all of the Easter basket stuff for my kids.  I need to put their baskets together and fill the plastic eggs for their morning egg hunt.  I got blue camo eggs for Seth and pearly ones for Gabrielle.  

My husband and I also need to start prepping the food for dinner tomorrow.  We're keeping it healthy--okay, healthier.  We're having turkey, homemade cranberry sauce made with orange zest and maple syrup, mashed cauliflower, steamed carrots, and stuffing made with whole wheat bagels. It will be a splurge day, but we'll be eating a lot less than we normally would for Easter dinner!

I wrote about my hated childhood nickname already.  Now for the blog name... 

Laughter and consistency are the two mainstays of my classroom management.  I'm quite strict.  I definitely mean what I say and say what I mean.  I have high expectations for my students' behavior. I'm fair and understanding of differences, but consistently firm.  Because I have high expectations for my students' behavior, they respect me. That allows me to have fun with them!  We can get a little silly each day.  I can be dramatic during lessons and laugh with my students. It makes my time with them enjoyable. Since laughter and consistency are such a big part of how I teach, it seemed like the perfect name for my blog.  

Enjoy your weekend!  I'd like to wish all of you a blessed Passover and a happy Easter.