## Friday, March 8, 2013

### Five for Five 3.8.13

It’s Five for Friday link up time!  Whew, what a week!  Here’s a few things we did:

1.  Our “Leprechauns on a Classroom Shelf” (inspired from Elf on the Shelf at Christmas time)arrived in our classrooms today!  The kiddos were pretty excited!  They especially enjoyed naming the Leprechauns!  Sarah's class named theirs "Larry" and my class named ours "Lucky."  Next week he will be with us each day! The students have journals to write all about the Leprechaun happenings (where he was hiding and what he caught them doing well) during the week.  We have gold coins and certificates for “him” to pass out when he catches the students working hard and being kind.  If you’d like to try this in your classroom, it's not too late...head on over to our TpT store!

2.  We are working on addition and subtraction strategies in math right now.  We worked on fact families to tie them together.  We used this fact family activity packet (available in our TpT store).  The students enjoyed moving the family members around to make new equations seeing that they are all related!

3.We have been studying an “Author’s as Mentors” unit in Writing.  This week we discussed the fact that authors use their senses to bring their story “to life.”  We read the books, Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz and Apt. 3 by Ezra Jack Keats to model this.  Following our read alouds, the students had to think about how the descriptive details the authors included appealed to their senses.  If you’d like to try this with your class, there is a FREEBIE below!

4.In Social Studies we are studying mapping.  Last year we found this adorable idea from JennThe students started with the “smallest” location, our school, and moved outward, all the way to planet Earth.  Each part of the circle was bigger and included a broader step in the continuumThey turned out great!

5.  Last week to celebrate Dr. Seuss, we made “Thing 3’s” in our classrooms.  They also filled out a questionnaire about their “Thing 3.”  We got this creative idea from DianeThe students look quite cute at “Things,” don’t you think?!?

We hope you have a great weekend!  It's going to be sunny in North Carolina and we are thrilled about it!!!

1. I can't STAND how adorable the Leprechaun on Shelf is! It's in my cart on TpT! So great - thanks!

Molly
Lucky to Be in First

1. We hope it goes over well in your class! This time of year behavior incentives sure help!

2. Oh my word, I love how your Thing 3s turned out . . . what a fun idea for the kiddos! :) I bet the mapping activity went really well because of how visual it is.

MC from www.fun-a-day.com :)

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2. Thank you! Yes, the mapping visual works great; at this age the concept is so abstract! Have a great weekend!

Danielle
Carolina Teacher

1. Thanks! The kiddos thought it was pretty silly!

4. Just downloaded your freebie- what a fantastic idea to get our little friends to pay attention to descriptive details!
Thanks a bunch!
Aylin
Learning to the Core

1. We hope your kiddos like it!

5. Love, love the Leprechaun on a Shelf idea! I have a little one who can't celebrate any holidays at all this year, but I am keeping that in mind for next year. Love it! :)