Friday, February 22, 2013

Five for Freedom Friday

It's time for Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday!  This week I'm calling it Five for Freedom Friday because I am officially on VACATION!!!!!  Boy, do I need it!

Here come my 5 random things about the week!

1.  Meetings!  I had meetings after meetings this week.  Monday we had no kids, just meetings.  Tuesday I started the day with a meeting, had another one mid-morning, then another one after school.  It was insane.  I didn't get much time with my kids.  Wednesday I had a meeting before school and after school.  Thursday and Friday were MEETING FREE!  Again, another reason to call this Freedom Friday!

2. Slime!  Somewhere between my meetings on Tuesday, we had a super science Distance Learning program where our kids made slime. We have some great equipment and an awesome Tech person who helps us set it up.  We dialed into Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, and a teacher from Michigan taught my second graders in New Hampshire about the states of matter and made 2 different kinds of slime with them! (See THIS LINK for more information.) Check out how much fun these kids had:

I think the best part of the experience was that I had plenty of adult help when it came to clean up!  

3.  Sleepless nights!  I don't know how you get the week before vacation, but things were so hectic that my mind just wouldn't slow down!  I'd crash pretty early, but couldn't manage to stay asleep!  I had a couple of very strange dreams, and found myself lying awake in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep.  So I've been dragging myself around the last couple of days, and finally, I'm home on vacation!  I sure do hope my mind slows down and I can get some rest!

4.  Awesome Opinion Writing!  My kids finally finished their Presidents Day Opinion writing project today.  (Why didn't I get pics of the finished products, they were awesome!)  After talking about George Washington and Abe Lincoln for days, we started talking about which were our favorites and why.  Of course, the kids went back and forth on which president was their favorite, but they always backed it up with evidence.  Today they did the written version.  I emphasized the importance of a strong first sentence, and they really made it work!  I mounted their papers on red and blue paper and hung them patriotically in the hallway.  Those third grade teachers are going to want all these kids since they're such awesome writers!
5.  Passionate About Nature!  I read A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry.  (You'll be hearing more about this book on February 25th... I'll be representing the state of New Hampshire in Booking Across the USA with this book.  See THIS LINK for more information.)  This is a beautiful book with a valuable message about the environment.  I was very proud when my students became quite passionate and concerned as the book told the tale of a New Hampshire river that becomes polluted.  I have some incredible kids!

Happy Friday!  


  1. Sounds like a great writing activity! I am also working on some opinion writing in class and this would have been perfect for this week. I am thankful for Friday as well, but I am not on vacation yet! Enjoy your time off:)

    Surfin' Through Second

  2. Corinna,

    Thanks so much! I'm spending my first day of vacation napping!



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