Friday, May 30, 2014

End of the Year Fun

We have 2 and a half days left with kids. This year has flown by!

I brought home a chrysalis over the long weekend. I expected to have a butterfly by Monday. Of course butterflies always come on their own schedule. My house was full of excitement as we were trying to get ready for school on Tuesday morning. I took the newly emerged butterfly to the day care with my kids. I left school a little early to release it for an audience on the playground.

The thing wouldn't fly away. I was scared that it was injured or dying, so I coaxed it onto the tree high above the kids' reach. Thankfully it flew away after a few minutes!



Tuesday also meant a pizza/pool party for my SumDog champion first graders. Our students take swimming classes during PE, but they still love an extra free swim! My fourth graders were on a field trip so I got to sit poolside for a while.


 My CHANGE Club students created a wrap up presentation using Google Drive at our last meeting of the year. I have not yet used shared presentations with my classes, so it was a good chance to try it out with some of my 4th and 5th graders. It was amazing to watch them work together in real time.

I really want to look at Google trainings and tests this summer. I have dabbled enough this year to be sold on the possibilities for using GAFE next year. I'm even looking at starting a PLC.


 My 5th grade students made ceramic owls last week.  I actually loaded and turned on the kiln all by myself. I'll post a pictures after we paint them next week.

 I was at the FCR STEM Conference this week. My last session of the day involved making this cool little thing.(Directions available here)


My sub sent my this picture today. I bought this building toy with some money from the PTO.

They LOVE it! It really makes me feel like I'm doing something right if my K and 4th grade students beg for the sub to send me a picture of their work!


Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Your blog design is so cute! I love it! I need to invest in some fun building toys like that. My students always set up the Jenga pieces and build all kinds of things. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  2. You have my dream job Jenny! It looks like so much fun! Super photos!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  3. I want to be in your class!! You do the "funnest" stuff EVER! Diggin' the new blog, too!!!

    Lucky to Be in First

  4. I would love to sit pool side with my class : )
    I am just starting with GAFE this year too - would love to hear what you are thinking for a PLC....
    or maybe share some student work.....
    Have a great weekend!