Friday, April 26, 2013

Five for Friday 4.26.13


TGIF!!!  It's Link Up time!  Here are our 5 things...

1.  Today we had our school's annual "Buddy Marathon."  Students run 25 miles at home over  a period of time.  On the day of the marathon, everyone who participated runs the last mile together at school.  There are parents, teachers, students, community helpers, area mascots, and high school athletes all there cheering the kiddos on!  There are "runner numbers" and medals even!  It's such a neat way to encourage a healthy lifestyle and school spirit.  It's one of our favorite things about our school!  We are definitely worn out from all the excitement this afternoon!  Here are some pictures we captured...

2.  4th Quarter "Math Bags" are underway in our classrooms.  We designed Math Bags to give us a chance to work with small groups of children during our math block.  Math Bags are engaging activities that students work on in pairs to review math concepts.  They were designed in a  "budget  friendly way," as none of the activities require a colored printer or multiple copies.  We only change Math Bags once a quarter; so no more working on math centers every weekend!   Our kiddos love them and we have seen great results having a time in our math block to work with students in small groups or 1 on 1. For more details, click below.


  

3.  We are studying Rocks in Science!  Each year we ask students to make a rock collection to bring to school as a homework project.  We give them a direction page with labels that guides them on what type of rocks to find.  We ask that they organize the rocks in an egg carton or something similar.  The rock collections sure come in handy for our lessons throughout the week!


 If you'd like to try this homework project with your kiddos, click on the parent letter below.
(Fonts by Kevin and Amanda and The Learning Tree)

4.  Flat Stanley update! Each Friday we've shown you more Flat Stanley adventures.  Some years we have students that don't bring an envelope addressed to a family member or friend; but we still want them  to participate!  So, we either take Flat Stanley on an adventure ourselves or we send their FS to one of our family members.  This year I sent a  Flat Stanley to my little sister who is student teaching in a middle school in Kansas.  My student was excited to get her Flat Stanley back today (and so was I, it's neat to see a family member in the same career field as you).  



5.  We have been writing poetry this week!  It's been a nice break from personal narratives and nonfiction writing!  We have written all types.... 

Color Poems (simple but so cute)...

-ing Poems (this -ing poem is my personal fav since the Mr. is a meteorologist)...

List Poems (this little guy wrote about a classmate)...

Cinquain Poems (hard work, but worth it in the end!)...


  We hope you have  a nice weekend!  "See" you next Friday!


20 comments:

  1. Hi Tamra and Sarah, Just dropping by to say Hello and that I am finding a lot of blogs that I wasn't already following. I found you through Five for Friday...
    Deb at Fabulously First

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    1. Thank you, Deb, for stopping by! We will have to head on over to your 5 for Friday!

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  2. I love the idea of your math bags! Simple to set up & very little fuss to manage! The Buddy Marathon sounds awesome! Enjoy your weekend, girls!

    Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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    1. Yes! That's why we like them! Thanks for stopping by, Molly!

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  3. My sons would have loved your rock hunt! I'm your newest follower! :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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    1. Thanks for joining us, Brandee! Our kiddos do enjoy it and we love the fact that we have so many rocks to use for our lessons.

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  4. My daughter would love the rock hunt too. She is always in search of heart shaped rocks. We may do your rock homework this weekend.
    Thanks!

    School Is a Happy Place

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    1. Happy rock hunting this weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Ok, that buddy marathon idea is SO fun! Another teacher and I are the Running Club coaches at our school and I think I might just have to recommend that we add this to our Running Club activities for next year!
    Hope you both have happy weekends!
    Aylin
    Learning to the Core

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    1. The marathon gets kids moving which is great. We especially love that the families come to do the final lap. It's such a neat event

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  6. Hi Tamra and Sarah,

    So glad I found your awesome blog through the Five for Friday linky. :) I'm your newest follower.

    Lauren
    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep

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    1. We are glad to have you as our newest follower, Lauren. We will head on over to your Five for Friday! :)

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  7. I just love your ideas! I am filing your rock collection idea away for next year!
    :)Kim

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    1. Thank you, Kim, that was sweet! I'm sure your kiddos will enjoy it next year!

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  8. I love your rock collections! What a neat idea! I'm your newest follower :)

    Sarah
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

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    1. Thanks for joining us, Sarah! We will head on over to your blog!

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  9. I love your rock collection idea! I will be using this next year. I also love the marathon idea! It looks so fun! :)
    Sara
    First Grade Funtastic

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    1. We always have great participation for the rock hunt homework assignment. The marathon is such a neat experience for the whole school. I had never seen an event like this prior to teaching at this school. Have a nice weekend!

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  10. Your blog is really neat. I can tell you two have lots of fun. I team taught with a good friend when our children were young. It was a great balance between home and work. I am a new follower!

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! We do enjoy working together! We are glad you joined us and we are looking forward to heading on over to your blog.

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