Friday, February 1, 2013

Five for Friday

I am linking up again with Doodle Bug's Five for Friday.  It's a good way to catch up on things I've been meaning to post about, but haven't had time :)

1.  We celebrated the 100th day of school today.  I teach 3rd grade, and this is the first time I've celebrated the 100th day.  The only other class that did it was one of the kindergarten classes.  But I have to say, my kids absolutely loved it, and it was a great way to reflect on our year so far.  It was also just a great way to relax a little and have some fun together.  We made crowns, and  I loved this one because he added the "sparkling of the jewels" on top:

I found it at Julie Lee's TPT store.  Click on the picture to get it for your 100th day next year!

2.  It seems like we are winding up the year already in Math because we are moving on to the last few things the kids need to know before we just start reviewing for state testing.  This week, we worked on perimeter and area with Amy Lemon's unit.   Their favorite activity was probably finding the perimeter and area of Cheez-it shapes they made!

3. I started a new system for posting our daily schedule and objectives on the board every day.  Previously, I was just putting the objectives up.  But I found these free schedule cards by Cara Carroll on TPT, and so now I post our daily schedule and write the objectives next to Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science.  The cards are really cute and brighten up the board.  The kids like seeing our schedule (even though we pretty much do the same routine every day)!

4. I have a child who has serious behavior issues when he's upset.  We're working on a reward system to help him control his emotions.  When asked what rewards he might like, included on his list was for me to make him dinner!  That cracked me up - he sure has high expectations for his rewards!

5. When meeting with our new principal today, I noticed several professional development books on his bookshelf.  While browsing, I asked if they were his.  He said no, and I could feel free to take what I want.  Score!  I chose 2 books, including this one by Debbie Diller:

I love the progress my kids make during small group time, and I'm sure I'll find lots of great ideas in here!  Can't wait to start reading it!


  1. We use Cara's schedule cards, and they are great! Glad you had a wonderful 100th day. 3rd graders need to have some fun, too :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

    1. Yes, I agree! And there was plenty of stuff we could do for the 100th day as older children. They definitely need to have fun as we are entering test-prep season next week lol.

  2. We just finished up with area and perimeter. I'll have to try the cheeze-it activity for a review!

    The 4th Grade Journey

    1. I'm interested to see if it helps them keep perimeter and area in their long term memories since they did such a hands-on and memorable activity for it. I will be watching for how they do on perimeter and area questions in the next few weeks!

  3. Your posted schedule is great! I use something similar and the kids are lost without it even though our schedule is very consistent as well. They are such creatures of habit:) So glad I found your blog through the 5 for Friday linky. I am your newest follower.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

    1. Jaime, I have been following your blog for awhile. I love the pictures you put up from your classroom!

  4. Oooooh I want those schedule cards- love the way you utilize them! I'm now following you back! ;-)
    ideas by jivey

  5. Great schedule cards. Some kids in my class never look at the schedule - others memorize it first thing in the morning and then announce what we will be doing or remind me what we should be doing at what time!! Glad to be a new follower!

    Looking From Third to Fourth