Friday, November 14, 2014

Five for Friday and a Freebie!

A lot has been going on this week, so I am super excited to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching with their Five for Friday!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I made a fraction riddle for my students to do next Friday.  It's free, so go pick it up!

We'll be studying converting between mixed numbers and improper fraction and adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators.  So this riddle has some of both, including reducing the answer to get simplest form.

I'm linking this up with Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday!

This week is National Young Readers Week, and my school has been having a blast encouraging the students to become "Wild Readers."  We had an author come speak to the students yesterday.  He got my students so excited about writing that some have already started writing their own stories!  Today, our principal set up camp, literally, in our front foyer.  She had a tent, rocking chair, and the area was decked out in a cabin theme.  She read to all of our students (in 10 minute increments) throughout the whole day.  They absolutely loved it!

We did a few cut-and-paste activities this week, which my students love.  Playing with scissors and glue is so much fun to them (who knows why?), but I am just glad they really seemed to internalize the information that was included!

This Monday was our Open House and 5th grade Veterans Program.  The students helped me get the room all clean and pretty to show off to the parents.  We had work samples sitting out on their desks for the parents to see what we have been doing in 5th grade.  

The Veterans Program was AMAZING!  The students did an awesome job with their singing and skits!  There were four super proud 5th grade teachers.

Last night our local high school put on a production of Disney's High School Musical.  The kids killed it!  The singing was awesome, the acting was superb, and the set was AMAZING!  Plus, it was really good seeing my old students rockin' their skills!  Some of the most quiet students I ever had were up there singing and dancing their hearts out.  Such a great night!

I'm really looking forward to sleeping in this weekend.  Have to get ready for this last week before our 9-day Thanksgiving Break!

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. How awesome for your principal to support your readers like that. I'll bet they had a blast. I've always thought about guest readers for my classroom...I may have to invite my principal in as well (but he is not a camping

    Enjoy your weekend from a Buckeyes fan ;-)

    1. The kids loved it! And setting up a tent and really running with the theme made it that much more exciting! Although I teach Math, I read a chapter each day to my homeroom. They love being read to, even as 5th graders!

      Have a great weekend, too, from an Aggie! Whoop! ;)

  2. I LOVE what your principal did! What an awesome way to get kids excited about reading. I always loved going and seeing the musicals my high school put on. While in high school I was always in the pit orchestra. It was fun to go and sit in the audience and actually watch the musical from beginning to end. Enjoy your 9 day break coming up. That sounds heavenly!
    Joya :)

  3. Our students get a 9 day break, but the teachers have parent teacher conferences that week. Bummer! Your 9 day break sounds fabulous! Enjoy!

    Teaching In A Nutshell

  4. Nine days??? Oooooh {{jealous}} I'm excited to share your freebie on TBA's fb page. Nice work!