Friday, April 4, 2014

Our Week- April 4th

Its been a while since I have posted, I am sorry about that, but life got real crazy real fast.  I ended out in the ER 2 weeks ago with what we thought was my appendix, luckily it was not.   It was an infection in my colon, which was fixed with some meds.  However, now to get to the root of the problem I am on a no dairy and no grain diet, for awhile, at least 2 more weeks.  Between the belly aches and my body adjusting to this new diet, I have been tired and just haven't gotten around to blogging.  I am going to try to do better!   I figured the best way to jump start myself was to link up with Doodlebugs Teaching for a Five for Friday!

(one) On Saturday we went to see Stomp.  It was soooo much fun!  As soon as we walked in I spotted drumsticks for sale, of course I needed them so I could bang on things :)  The show was excellent, so much talent goes into a production like this.  It seemed almost effortless, but was just amazing.  I of course had to use my "teacher stare" on the lady two rows behind me who never shut up.  She needed to inform the person she was with of everything going on, and I mean everything.  I glared and the lady in the row between thought it was hysterical, of course the talker didn't get the clue.  I was told I couldn't hit her with the drum sticks either :( 

(two) This week we worked on fact and opinion, so I made a center for them to practice.  Actually for the classroom version I allowed them to come up with the sentences.  On last Friday they wrote a fact and an opinion for me on an index card.  Now they have to guess who wrote each sentence.  They had a blast trying to figure it out.  I did post a fact and opinion activity on TPT, it is the same format as the ones my kids are doing, I just rewrote the facts and opinion for you.  If you would like it you can find it here.

Here is one of my friends working on the center.  I have a color set and a black and white set to save on ink!

(three) GO NOODLE, really need I say more?  We are obsessed with this new found website.  It has been a lifesaver this week.  

(four) We have started to really prepare for First Communion.  We have been learning our songs and practicing for mass.  It is a big process, but so fulfilling.  I am always so proud of the accomplishments of our students.  To help us prepare I have my students say a decade of the rosary every day during lent.  It helps us focus on prayer, and it helps reinforce the prayers we know before our Communion.  Normally I project the words on the board so they can use them as a guide, but that isn't going to work this year.  I am going away on an accreditation visit for 3 days next week so I needed a way for my kids to pray without me.  I made this guide so my students would be able to pray with the sub. We have been using it for a week now because I didn't want it to be new for the sub.  It is working so well. They have colored on the rosary and really taken ownership of prayer.  I don't even need to say it along with them anymore.  Nikki at Melonheadz was kind enough to make me the rosary clipart so I could make this guide for my students.  If you would like a copy you can find it here.

(five) Many of my newer products have had a font in them created by my grade partner.  I just love her fonts.  She put them up on Teachers Pay Teachers this week so you can have them as well.  To see her store click here

On a side note, we had a teacher conference on April Fools Day, and after seeing all of the posts on Instagram and in the blogs, I can say I am looking forward to next year.  I can't wait to try some of the "pranks" I read about. 

Thank you for Doodlebugs Teaching for putting together this linky, stop by her site and check out what has been going on in some other classrooms!

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