Saturday, March 7, 2015

Five for Friday!! Spring Here we come!


Wahooooo! A whole week off from that place of learning and structure! Now should I plan my week off or just let it flow? If I don't plan things, nothing will get it done! If I do, it will be a lot like work!


There were many special events this week! Our schedule was off, grades are due, special ed. progress reports due..... and the students were vibrating...you could feel the hummmmmmm when you entered the building!





So the regular stuff wasn't working, who wants to sit through Reading Mastery lessons when  it's almost Spring Break?

We read The First Dog by Jan Brett....



They loved the book, I asked them what happened first, and then next and so on and typed it on the Promethean board as they reported each part.

The next day I  printed out their sentences, folded up some paper, stapled it...and set them loose on it! They did awesome of course!




The NEXT day, we read another book about dogs and a cat....
Danger the Dog Yard Cat
(dog sled musher/ Iditarod Champion extraordinaire and first woman to win the 1049 mile race)




and made these simple and fun puppets.....
(they LOVE puppets)






and of course....Dr. Seuss.....here's our hallway bulletin board.....


It's a collage of Dr. Seuss characters from years past, and a  "Read across America" vintage poster with Garth Brooks! I've had THAT awhile.(he is still awesome!)

Our WINNING DOOR!




Great Day for UP by Dr. Seuss
The idea is to have the students do as much as possible....They cut the grass tufts, they decorated their own balloons and baskets, cut out the clouds, cut out the mini UP signs and of course posed for the pictures!


....with the upcoming break we thought the faces of the adults who work out of our classroom 
belonged on the bed next to the ending quote from the book.


There are so many creative people in our building! Here are some more doors and hallway art. I didn't get upstairs to take pictures so there are some missing.







and now I'm watching the Iditarod ceremonial start on TV! 
It's a good start to Spring Break and it's been snowing for a couple of days! Feels normal.

Later,

Paula