Friday, April 12, 2013

Five for Friday–April 12th

What a week! My student teacher had been teaching at 100% right up until spring break. I should have started taking over last week, but my son was in the hospital so I was not at school. It was fantastic to do some teaching again, but I am worn out! Thankfully it is Friday, so that means…


Now that I am taking back over from my student teacher, I’ve given her a few jobs. I’d read seen these newspaper seed cups and decided to have her try them out.


She ended up using them as part of her final observed lesson. Our flowers are planted, but I forgot to take a picture of that. Oops! Hopefully we will have something to show by Mother’s Day.


In preparation for our state test next week, we did a lot of math this week. I pulled out one of my favorite activities from Mailbox.


Centimeters are more fun with frog rulers!


In reading, we were working on reading strategies. I used these cards (a great freebie) and picked out the strategies that were most appropriate for third graders. I printed passages from and gave each pair of students a strategy card and a passage. They used post it notes and created a poster to show what it would look like to apply that strategy. Each group shared their strategy with the class.


My mom was going to send me her old beanie babies, but she couldn’t get to them in time. Maybe next year!
I was happy with how they came out and I saw a few light bulbs later in the week when they found opportunities to apply the strategies.


Speaking of testing, I came across this post this morning before school. It made my day! My class is going to eat doughnuts FCAT-style on Friday. After four days of testing I think they will get the joke!


Update on my son: The little guy has had a week of Daddy Day Care. The Irishman has been off for the week to care for him. He is doing much better! We see the pulmonary specialist next week. After 8 days in the hospital and a week of breathing treatments, it may be diaper rash that brings us to the pediatrician tomorrow. Go figure!


Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Oh my gosh! Those frog rulers are so cute! I wish I saw this a few weeks ago. I'm going to pin it for next year. I'm a new follower by the way! :)

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  2. I'm a new follower too. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) I hope your son is feeling better soon - diaper rash and everything!


  3. I love those frog rulers!

    And the Readworks strategy card lesson you did!

    AND the donut post link!!

    What fun ideas - Thank you so much for sharing!! I think I pinned about 3 things! :)

    I hope everything is okay with your little boy. I'm your newest follower!

    Third Grade Bookworm

  4. OMG! Those rulers are too cute! I can't believe your poor baby has gone through so much! Glad to hear he's feeling better! Thanks for linking to my blog! :O) And, glad you liked the donut activity!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. Glad your little guy is feeling better. Hope everything goes well with the specialist. How scary for your all.
    Those frog rulers are THE.CUTEST.THING.EVER. Seriously obsessed and I will be making some!
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  6. I have never seen the ReadWorks website and am so thankful I read your post to find it. It will be awesome for student teaching next fall to teach students CCSS literacy standards.

  7. Jenny - first off your blog is adorable! I can't believe that I just found you...anywho I'm your newest follower! I sure hope your little guy is okay. So scary as a parent to go through these kinds of things. Thinking of you and sending prayers your way.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  8. Jenny, I really like your ideas for testing release and also the newspaper plant holders look like fun. My husband has been saving the little cups from our new coffee maker and I am going to use those for our seeds. I will let you know how they work.
    I am happy to hear that your little one is doing better. It is so stressful to see one of our little babes, or big ones for that matter, suffering and not be able to do much to help. Thoughts and prayers for a full recovery are being sent your way.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom