Five For Friday Linky and Slim-Down Saturday Linky!

Even though it’s Saturday, I’m linking up with Doodle Bug’s Five for Friday Linky!  Here are some random things from this week (and some older stuff that I just want to share!).


Back in December, we taught a Rainforest Animal Research Unit.  Along with a written report, students had to create a visual aid.  It could be as simple or elaborate as students wanted.  Here was a conversation I had with a student.

Student:  Mrs. McDonald…my project is probably like 16 feet long!

Me: {thinking…okay, that is an exaggeration}  Oh wow!  I don’t know how we’ll display a 16 foot         project! {thinking…he must be confusing feet with inches}

(fast forward a week later)

Me: {jaw drops as mom brings the anaconda project into classroom}….

Anaconda Door Decoration

I didn’t know how I was going to display it!  Last year, I did the whole tree and vines around my door.  As I was visualizing that display, I thought I could rig it up outside the door!  I used trusty 3M hooks and string!  You can imagine what all the students’ reactions were as they walked down the hall and saw it!


The week before Winter Break, I was out sick for 3 days with pneumonia…yuck!  I wanted to share this funny post-it that a student wrote while I was gone.  I can always count on someone in the room to report the major offenses while I am out!

Funny Student Note


Have you heard of these fabulous little inventions?  Pen-Pals!!  Not the kind you write letters to.


 I found them at Office Depot or Office Max…can’t remember which one.  They were $0.99 each.  You can probably find them even cheaper online.  They have an adhesive back and I stuck one to each desk.  For kids that like to pick and peel things off their desks, they will come off.  If they come off I use Crazy Glue (shhhhhh…don’t tell our custodian).  Try peeling that off now kiddo {muah ha ha ha}!


This week we tackled strategies for all our basic facts!  When we got to the 9s, I wanted to show them the finger trick.  As I was awkwardly trying to show my hands to them and describe what I was doing, I decided to quickly trace my hand and cut it out…sooooooo much easier to show them and explain!

Learning 9s Facts


This week we continued our country study in Reader’s Workshop.  We learned how to use an index to find specific information and on Friday we focused on finding information about their Country’s history.  After students jotted history facts on post-its, they attempted (keyword: attempted) to put their facts in order like a timeline.  It didn’t go that well…but that’s okay!  Reading about history is hard unless you have a lot of background knowledge (which they don’t).  I  was happy that they could use the index!

Creating Timelines

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I am also linking up with Gina over at Third Grade Tidbits for Slim-Down Saturday!  Here’s how my week went:

Slim-Down Saturday

Come join us and stay focused with your health goals!  Click here or the picture below to take part!


I am off to make a late dinner!

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  2. Sounds like you are doing an awesome job staying on track! Shoveling is definitely a workout! I am going to have to check out T25…I haven’t heard of that! I’ve tried the 30 Day Shred by Julian Michaels and that’s definitely tough! Cancun would be huge motivation to stay on track! I want that!!!!!

    Keep up the great work! Oh, and sometimes, I get a lot of water in by drinking hot tea!!! At least, that’s my goal for this week!

    Beth :)
    A Kindergarten Life For Me

  3. First of all…congrats on your weight loss! Secondly, the traced hands is a genius idea! I’m always awkwardly trying to show the kids with my hands! And I love the idea of using the pen pals on the kids desk!! :)
    A Tall Drink of Water

  4. I am loving every single thing in this post! I would have probably dropped dead from the 16 foot project. Those pencil pals are super cool. I will need to find some of those. Congrats on your weight loss! So exciting!
    Rockin’ and Lovin’ Learnin’

  5. Thanks for swinging by my blog yesterday, I came by to check you out and I am so glad I found you! Love this post. WOW to that project, that is something else. Those pen pals are so cool, think I might just jump to super glue. I am currently in week 2 of T25, it is a challenging workout, I recommend it. The first few days I was struggling to walk, but now I look forward to those 25 minutes. Keep up your great work. Think I will link up next week.

  6. Kay

    Those pen pals are awesome. I have never seen them before. They just moved to the top of my must have list!
    Loved, loved, loved the anaconda!
    On the Trail of Learning

  7. I have seen those pen pals and really need them because I hate pencils on the floor. I have never seen them in the stores though. Glad to see the snow brought some positives for you! (I hate the snow and I am moving back up north…. not too sure what my thought process was on this one.) I am jealous you are going to Cancun.. but that is sure some motivation!
    Third Grade Tidbits

  8. I need to get those Pen Pals! I have never seen them before. Thank you for sharing them! Great job on your weight loss this week. Don’t you love when nature brings those extra workout opportunities 😉 I shoveled some snow this week also!

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