Friday, August 23, 2013

Five for Friday! 5 Accomplishments today...

I spent a little more time in my classroom today, and things are starting to look up a little!  I thought I'd share a few of my latest "to do list checkmarks"!  I thought I'd link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her "Five for Friday"!

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1.  If you followed me last year, you might have noticed that I like to use my read aloud novels to track our thinking.  From "Wonder Board" to "Fluttermobiles", I'm always looking for new ways to interact with text.  We start the year by reading Shredderman, so I have cleared an area to do SOMETHING with . . . to be continued!

2.  This is my label maker cartridge running out of label tape.  With. 5. Names. Left. To. Make.  Grrrr.  Guess who has to go to Target this weekend now.  Bummer.

2 1/2.  Why did I need them?  Here is my plan for storing Words Their Way sorts  I figure zip loc bags, envelopes, folders, and the like will get buried and lost in their desks.  These were inexpensive and I thought students would be able to find them easily!  Names are on the inside in case they get left out.  I hope it works!

3.  I redid some of my bulletin board background papers/fabrics and decided to pitch my old faded alphabet and got a new one.  I stretched it out across the floor and it took up almost my entire room!  It was HUGE!  I decided to cut the letters apart and arrange them on the board and saved myself 4 feet of space.
4.  Student letters went out, so it's time to send post cards to my students!  I try to keep them pretty simple, but I know the students like to get them.  I also found out I'm going to have some extra teacher help in my room for a good chunk of the day.  Yay!

5.  The custodians took down my lanterns to clean this year (although secretly I'm afraid they are going to make me take them back down due to our fire policies).  They have been up for 6 years and some were a little faded so I replaced a few.  I love them.  I need them.  How flammable can they be anyway?  I mean--won't they just go "poof"?  Shouldn't I be more worried about the prolonged burn of my classroom library?  Just sayin'...



I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!



15 comments:

  1. Your custodians are a lot more lenient than mine are.... I had to take down my beautiful paper lantern a few years ago. I brought lava lamps in this year. Shhhh....... :-)

    Corrina
    From Mrs. Allen's Teaching Files

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  3. Love those lanterns! I snuck a few up this year, but we're told it's because it will set the security alarms off. It's been up almost two weeks and so far, so good! I love read alouds too-my favorite part of the day!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! I hope you can keep them up! :)

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  4. 2.I love those little plastic containers too not to mention the label maker! I assign numbers to my students that way I don't have to change labels (names) every year.
    3. Great idea on the alphabet - I have the same and could use the extra space...hmmmm
    4. So jealous you get your class list well enough in advance to send post cards!
    5. Love the laterns - I have some waiting in my room to hang.
    Have a great year!!!

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    1. Thanks! I always say I'm going to do class numbers and then I never do it. Maybe this year is the year--you've inspired me!

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  5. Love the lanterns Meg! I have all kinds of things hanging from my ceiling - butterflies, pom poms, rainbows... nobody ever tells me to take them down (or they just want to avoid a fight with me).
    :-)
    Susanna
    Whimsy Workshop Teaching

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    1. We used to have NO restrictions, but they are coming down hard on us now...we shall see what is said when he does his walk through!

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  6. I have never hung things from my ceiling but maybe I should...your lanterns are so cute! And I would also worry about the slow burn of my library. That's a lot of paper....

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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    1. He he...maybe no more books, right? And I think all our reading assessments are HIGHLY flammable--just sayin'!

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  7. Love the trend alphabet! I am a little worried I'm going to miss my stars border (I went polka dot mad this year instead).

    And LOL @ the lantern poof! I sort of wondered the same thing myself! I've resisted the lanterns for a few years now, but if I'd seen that set you have in my travels I don't think I'd have been able to; those colors would be too perfect for my room!

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    1. You have great taste in colors, Amber! I need to snoop over at your blog and see all your dots!

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  8. I like the lanterns! The lanterns must stay! Maybe I should add lanterns to my butterflies - so far no-one has said anything about things hanging from the ceiling. (One teacher has an inflated solar system dangling from hers so I expect lanterns would be accepted :) )

    Lynn

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    1. :) Can't wait to hear about your classroom prep, Lynn! You have SUCH an artistic eye!

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