Five For Friday

Mar 8, 2013

Yay for Friday!!

1.  Okay...brace yourself...My number one this week is S.N.O.W....D.A.Y!  Can you believe it???? First one in two years (I think).  It was a pretty exciting phone call to get.  My girls, husband, and I enjoyed a little "cold" time in the snow together.

2. Our girls decided to share their "fierce" faces with us at dinner.  I just had to share with you!

3. This week we read "The Dot."  Oh...I love this story.  Have you ever used this story in your classroom?

My curious teammate, Natalie, and I decided to try to connect this to our math study of fractions.  And we think it was pretty successful.  Here's what we did:
Our firsties tried to throw a round sponge into the target circle.  Each student got two tries.  We talked about how Vashti learned to not give up.  Then we took our results and wrote fractions.  And (of course) we ended the lesson by telling our firsties to "sign it."

4. Maria and I started a research unit this week.  Animal research. kiddos are just so excited about it! 
We started with some cute decor.  This owl is based on an owl that I saw here.
Then we read "Sharks!" to our firsties.  We asked them to listen to facts about what the sharks look like, eat, where they live, and how they move.  We used post-its to mark where the facts are located in the book.  (Yellow=looks like; Green=eat; Blue=live; Pink=move).
They picked out their animal today and the book they need to do their research.  How exciting!!
5. Tonight we walked around the antique mall looking for some inspiration.  We bought this cool frame from Ikea.  It was black and we painted it white.
It is going to be hung on a brown wall above a twin bed.  But I just can't decide what should go inside of it.  Any ideas??

And last...I am linking up with Fifth in the Middle to share that I am a...

Happy Weekend everyone!


  1. That frame is crying to have an owl picture inside! I think your girls should make it! I would like one to go on the blue wall in my bedroom. I wish I didn't have to drive 3 hours to get to Ikea!
    Owl Things First

    1. Hi Jenny!!
      I never knew how great IKEA was until we got one just a couple years ago. It is about 3 minutes away from my house! I should just send a frame your way :)


  2. I have that same frame! My husband and I spray painted it gray. We covered the backing with fabric, put a wooden letter of our last name inside, and hung it over the fireplace. I love it! Hope you find a clever idea for the frame that you love!

    :) Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

    1. Sarah
      That is funny that you sent this idea. That was one of the exact ideas that I had for it. I have different fabrics hanging in my kitchen and living room. There are so many cool fabrics out there!

  3. The frame makes me want to say "Mirror mirror on the wall" It looks great in white.

    You Might Be a First Grader...

  4. We just got done with animal research projects. The students were so excited to research something of interest to them. They taught me several new facts about their animals!

    All the Dots


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