Saturday, May 4, 2013

Five For Friday... On a Saturday, and May Currently!

So, I've been meaning to link up for Five for Friday for! But of course, time seems to slip away, and on Friday nights, after getting the kids to bed, this happens:

I know I can't be the only one this happens to. Right? RIGHT???

So, I'm a day late, but here goes!

1. We have FINALLY started getting some warm weather! First it was cold, then rainy, and finally this week, we hit the 70s!

We enjoyed a little time at the park. They both look so big in this picture!

2. We finished up our plant unit this week. This is the awesome work of one of my kiddos. (Check out that handwriting!)

If you're interested in this craftivity and the other experiments, reading responses, and other goodies from my unit, check it out by clicking below:

3. This week marked the beginning of our end of year testing. What?! We go until June 20 (gulp!) but we started testing our kids with BAS already.

Which, of course, necessitates lots and lots of this:

(Iced, french vanilla, cream and sugar... Yum...) 

And maybe this is a weird thing to notice, but on the cups in the ads, there's always like the flavor above the "coffee" (like where "iced" is on this cup), but that's never what it has at the store... Hmm...

4. I posted my Friday Folder comment sheets a few days ago, and came back to tell you a little more about them. First of all, a sweet reader notified me of a typo on the Spanish version, so I fixed it up and it's available to redownload on TpT.

 (Click the image above to download for FREE)

I was asked about how I used this form, so hopefully I can give a couple helpful hints!

For several years, I've used the communication folders from Nicky's Folders. They are awesome... I've used the same ones for about the past three years and I'll definitely be able to use them again next year. (Plus they're only about $1 a piece... Totally worth it.) They have a view pocket on the front, like a lot of binders do, and I slip the sheet inside. I print them on cardstock - it's easier to slide in and out that way.

I fill out the date, behavior and work habit codes, and make notes on them about any tests, things to work on at home, etc. Then, I fill the inside, which comes with printed labels on each pocket:

Any work that needs signed goes on the left, and other work to keep at home goes on the right.

My students bring the folders home on Fridays and back on Mondays, and it works like a charm!

5. Finally, I gotta brag on my own kiddos a bit... Check out my daughter's drawing (she'll be 3 in August):

(That's a face with hair, eyes, a circle nose, a smile - which is hard to see - and the straight line up is a tongue! Plus an A in the corner for Avery.)

And as an added bonus, in being even later than usual even for me, here's my May Currently!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and Oh' Boy Fourth Grade!


  1. Hi There!
    Your blog is super cute! We just started plants this week. I am off to check out your unit. I'm your newest follower.
    A Burst of First
    ps..those are two cute kids!

  2. Since there was no one after me (the rules of Farley.. comment on 2 back and 1 forward) I decided to go back 3 and I am glad I did. I am now your newest follower. I am checking out your plant unit and a few others. BTW I loved Avery's drawing; future budding artist!
    First Grade by the Sea

  3. I can't believe it's almost the end of the year either! We start our testing tomorrow (sigh). You need to start a gives you the light at the end of the tunnel us teachers need to see!!

    For the Love of First Grade

  4. We will finally be getting 70 degree weather this week after battling snow in May! We are working on plants too! I will go check out your unit! Adorable kiddos!

  5. You are not the only one...I've been passing out at 7 some nights, as soon as my boys are in bed!

    Ravinia? You are from the Chicago area then! Both my kids are in CPS. I love finding other bloggers from this area...

    Enjoy our gorgeous weather today. I'm linking up to five for Friday for the first time this week.

    My best,
    The Classroom Creative

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