Friday, May 17, 2013

Student Motivation, Career Day, Ecosystem Dioramas, and more... {Five for Friday Flashback!}

Here we are again.  Another week gone by.  I still can't believe we're halfway into May.  Wow.

Anywho, we are here to link up with the lovely ladies, Kacey and Amanda for:


We are working on our ecosystem shoebox dioramas.  Here they are working:

This is what my back table looks like:

I don't handle chaos and disorganization very well.  So this sight makes my stomach hurt.  A lot.  So, I'm not going to look at it.  And I'll be glad when I can clean it up.  But, we haven't finished our dioramas yet.  Those pictures will come next week when we are finished.  But this mess....blech....!  ;0)

We had our class party outside today.  It had started sprinkling but then the sun came out in all it's blazing glory.  The kids didn't care, though, and I think they had fun.  We did a relay party.  Here's two...the first is  waiter relay...the second, the penny on the shoe.  The first one they had to weave through cones holding a Frisbee with a water bottle.  The penny one they had to walk with a penny on their shoe and try to get it in a bucket without touching it.  That one was hard.  :O)

We had several more, but I started playing and forgot to take pictures!  Oops!

My roommom painted this ceiling tile and I had the kids sign in each feather.  They were so excited to see it up on the ceiling!!
So, the first one it's on the floor.  The second picture it's up in the ceiling.  No, I'm not laying on the nasty floor.  Didn't you see #1?????  
**Updated after a few questions- We buy the tile.  It's not the school's tile.  Then the custodian (LOVE HIM) comes in and pulls the school's tile out and replaces it with the painted one.  Then he takes the white one away and stores it.  That way, if I move rooms, the tile always goes with me, because it's mine.  :O)
We had Career Day on Tuesday.  We had several different careers represented.   A favorite was computer programming.  They even shared a site call Scratch that teaches kids how to computer program!  

Here's my daughter dressed up as her future career choice:
She wants to be a teacher.  Hmmmmm, I wonder where she got that from??  ;O)
And, finally, I finished the Motivation Bracelets that I blogged about HERE. (I am linking this up with sweet Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching since many didn't get to see them).  The short story is, I needed to thank some of my students for doing their best on assignment that most of the class didn't even try on.  I had seen an awesome pin on Pinterest from this blogpost from KindergartenWorks and then used that as inspiration for these bracelets (you really should check out this post- it has freebies and tips about this too!).  I was surprised at how excited the class was to receive these bracelets, but whatever works at this point in the year, I'm all for it!!

I promised I'd make more as a freebie, so here ya go!  Just click the pic!

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. yay for your ceiling tile!!! :) we'll be making ours next week together. :)

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  2. Those outdoor games for your party sure sound fun! And your daughter is too cute- looks like she enjoyed being a teacher!
    Happy weekend!
    Learning to the Core

  3. I love that your daughter wants to be a teacher like you!! We are working on ecosystems too :)

  4. LOL! I don't handle chaos well either so I feel your pain. :) It's all for a good cause, so you'll be fine.
    I grabbed your bracelets! Thanks, I love them.
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  5. That ceiling tile is precious! What a great idea. :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  6. I love those motivation bracelets!! What a great idea:) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. I totally feel you on hating the clutter on your back table! Last week, we made products for our class store and the room was a HOT MESS for two days and it almost drove me to insanity! I LOVE these motivation bracelets- thank you so much for sharing!!! By the way, I kind of copied you.... I love how you use the cute numbers that match your blog for these posts, so I did that on mine, too! I hope you don't mind :/

    Have a great weekend!!!
    Koonce’s Korner

  8. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the ceiling tile! And oh the mess and clutter....I'm with you! One of my teaching partners is a slob...being in his room makes me itch...When I am in their I am covertly straightening things and cleaning up...I can't help myself! :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

    1. Really?! I used the wrong THERE spelling! My 2nd graders would be so ashamed. :)

  9. The clutter makes me shudder too! I can't stand it!
    How cute is your daughter? Just adorable! I love her skirt too:)
    The ceiling tile idea is genius! I wonder if my school would let me do that if I bought the tile? They are so strict and probably would say it is a fire hazard or something:/
    Of course, I already downloaded your awesome bracelets:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. The ceiling tile is a great idea! Thanks for the bracelets. Happy final days:)

  11. So much to love! The tile, the cutie dressed as a teacher, the freebie. Looks like an awesome week!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  12. I LOVE that ceiling tile!!! I wish my school would let us do that. Thanks for sharing and the freebie!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  13. Oh my word! I LOVE that ceiling tile! That is such an amazing idea! I must find out if my school would let me do that!

    Thanks for sharing the freebie!

    Ms. Shope's Class

  14. I'm so glad to find you! What great ideas! Our kids are coming dressed up in their future profession too. Did you see the adorable black and white poster on Pinterest of the kids holding a chalkboard with their profession written on it? I think you'ld love it! We make a paper doll that is dressed in their profession. I posted it this week on Five for Friday.It's actually a math project (too complicated for k) from Marylyn Burns called 1/2 Size Me. I taught 3rd grade years ago and did this with them. Great project! I highly recommend it.

  15. Thank you for the free bracelets! I'm wondering if we'd be allowed to paint a ceiling tile...that is a really cute idea.

    Literacy Spark

  16. Saw your daughter's pic on instagram, so cute. My sweetie had to dress as a family member this year and she dressed like her teacher mommy as well. So fun!
    Thanks for the freebie.

    School Is a Happy Place

  17. Thanks so much for the freebie to follow up last week's post! They are adorable! :)
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  18. The braceletes looks great! Thanks so much sharing with everyone! You girls are the sweetest! Thanks for linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  19. Hey Amanda,
    I'm so glad you love the bracelets. I found this post through TBA's FF as I'm searching for posts to feature for a May featured round up. I'd love to feature these. I also just created bracelets to help make our upcoming field trip a breeze ;)


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