Friday, March 15, 2013

Five for Friday and Google Reader

It's Friday so you know what that means...Five for Friday time!

1. This week we made the fraction leprechauns from the blog Growing Firsties. The students had SO MUCH fun coloring, trading, creating names, and writing about tricks their leprechauns played on others. If you haven't picked up this freebie you must snatch it up for next year.

2. I whipped up a visual for the kiddos that they can refer to when creating illustrations for their narratives. Overboard? Maybe. Helpful? Indeed. I had so many students who would scribble something quickly just to turn it in. We talked about how to earn a "4" on their illustrations by including color, details, taking their time, etc. Their illustrations are looking MUCH better.

3. We started using Class Dojo. It felt...necessary this week. I had 24 out of 26 parents sign up for weekly behavior reports to be emailed to them. Wahoo! The students are eating it up.

4. I'm looking forward to some family time tomorrow as we celebrate birthdays for my niece and my dad. It's been a couple months since we've all been together and I really can't wait for the laughs, the yummy meal, fun games, and quite honestly some strong drinks. This graphic sums us up pretty well. Quite often my five year old nephew is covering his ears and telling the adults to quiet down. Kids!

5. This weekly post wouldn't be complete without an update on the pupster. He lost two puppy teeth this week! Wahoo! And even though he's teething and wanting to chew everything right now, I'm loving the not-so-razor-sharp teeth when he chooses to mouth my hands. Dakota is all about the frozen peanut butter inside his Kong toy. 

Before I head anyone else a little panicked that Google Reader will no longer be, as of July? It seems crazy to me and I am at a loss as to what to use to read blogs come summer time. I'm pretty picky with things like that. Let me know if you have ideas!


  1. I have downloaded Class Dojo just haven't implemented it yet. I think it is something that may end up waiting until next year :( The graphic represents my family as well :) I still struggle not to talk over people when I am in large groups...oops. Enjoy your time together!


  2. I love the illustration examples you created for your students. I sometimes have students turn in illustrations that don't include much detail. The visual is great! I think I need to create a similar poster! :)

    All the Dots

  3. Oh my goodness! Our dog is named Dakota too! She is a yellow lab and no longer a puppy. Boy, how I remember those puppy teeth stages and peanut butter Kongs!!! Simply the best! Not sure what I am going to do without Google Reader too! Not happy about that one:(

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  4. Um, I had not heard about Google reader being no more....are they going to replace it with something else?

    I LOVE those fraction leprechauns. I will definitely have to pin those for next year!

    I love getting together with my family. We have dinner after church almost every Sunday at my mom and dad's house and we try to have a family game night about once a month too. All but one of my siblings and I live in our hometown. It's great.
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  5. Thanks for the shout out!!! :) I love how yours turned out!!!

    I have class dojo ready to go...I plan to use it once my student teacher is done lead teaching when I'm re-training the kids. Hoping it will go more quickly! We also use Teeny Tiny Teacher's golden tickets and REALLY love them! But, it's a good idea to mix things up every now and then. :)

    Your entire post was TEEEriffic!! :)
    Growing Firsties

  6. I had no idea about google reader! Thanks for sending your panic my way! Happy birthday to the cutie and your dad.

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  8. I hope your family get together was a huge success! That toy is awesome. We used to put dog biscuits when our baby was a pup.
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