Friday, March 8, 2013

Five For Friday and a Freebie!

This was a really short week for me! I had off Monday and Tuesday to take care of my sick girl, and today I only had my kiddos for less than half  the day. I have to buckle down next week to finish my end of the quarter testing and get report cards DONE before we go on Spring Break. Oh yeah... I have my formal observation in there sometime, so I have to prepare for that too! Still haven't picked a skill yet... kind of dreading it {biting nails}. I'll be happy when it's over. =)

I'm linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for another week of her fantastic linky, Five For Friday!! This is two weeks in a row for me! I'm so proud of myself. =)

1. Last week I told you all we were going to see Wicked during that weekend. We did, and it was FABULOUS!! It was my third time seeing it, and I swear it gets better every single time! It was Makenzie's first time seeing it and she LOVED every single second of it. She positively lit up as soon as the music began. She was also such a well mannered little lady and she really took what I taught her about theater etiquette to heart. For being just four and a half, she really acted like an older kiddo. I was so proud of her. After the show, the cast collected money for their charity, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids and Makenzie was able to meet a flying monkey in person! She was so excited, but was a little shy when she met him. =) Here are some pictures of that awesome day!

2. Today I was out of my classroom the majority of the day for CELLA testing. CELLA is Florida's Comprehensive  English Language Learning Assessment. I administered the listening, reading, and writing part of the test to half of our ESOL second graders. One of my teammates administered the test to the other half of the second graders this past Tuesday and another teammate did the speaking part of the test this past Wednesday and Thursday to all of our ESOL sweeties {that's a lot of kids!}.  I like switching up my routine and seeing different kids for different reasons, but it's really tiring!! I think I talked way more today than I do on a regular basis... and I think I say A LOT! Needless to say... I'm spent! 

Click this picture for your freebie!

3. Since it's almost Springtime {wooohooo}, I thought it would be nice to give you all a Springtime freebie!! Enjoy these two springy colored frames and two pretty digital papers! You can find the full Springtime Digital Paper Pack  , Spring Swirly Frame Set, and Clip Art Frames in our TPT shop.  I hope you enjoy it and make lots of stuff!! =)

The Teacher Wife4. Do you follow Lindsey, aka. the "Teacher Wife"? She is so sweet and so talented! She blogged about the cutest craftivity ever last week called "Who is worth more to you than gold?". Best of all... she put it up as a freebie!! How awesome is that? I absolutely loved it, and I knew my kiddos would too! We worked on it all this week and our results were super! Here are some picture from my class. I had them write an eight sentence essay complete with opening and closing sentences. We went through the entire writing process and they were so thrilled to finally publish their work. They turned out so cute!! Thank you so much, Lindsey for sharing such a fantastic freebie!! If you don't already follow her blog and TPT store, please do. She's great!! 

Click the picture to find this craftivity on  The Teacher Wife's blog!

5. The other morning I was on my way to my classroom in a not so great mood until I walked down this hallway...
It automatically put me in a great mood!! The 5th grade team from our school put together this science hallway. It's hard to see, but there are stuffed brains hanging from the ceiling and tons of interactive and informational science posters up and down the hall. It's a really nice change from what was here before. I wanted to give our 5th grade team and 5th graders a huge shout out for their hard work and dedication to brighten up the hallways of our school!! 

6. A bonus!! My Dad is a snowbird... he lives in NY half of the year, and South Florida {kinda} for the other half of the year. This weekend, my Sis, Makenzie and I are going to visit him!! I'm so excited because I haven't spent much time with him this Winter. They're not very techy down there though, so I may or may not have access to the internet. AHHH!! It's ok... I'm happy for family time! I should go pack a few board games while I'm thinking of it. 

With that being said... I probably won't be back on this weekend, so don't forget to enter our giveaway! It will be over tomorrow night at midnight. I'll be back Sunday to pick our winners!!! 

Also don't forget to set the clocks ahead... uggg. Losing sleep is not my favorite, but watching the sun set later on is! Have an awesome weekend!! -Jackie- 


  1. Your stuffed brains look SO cool!
    I LOVE Lindsey and have seen that activity - my kiddos are going to do it next week! Great minds think alike :)

    Joy in the Journey

    1. p.s. Thanks for the freebie - those are SO cute! :)

    2. Thank you, Jessica!! =)Hope you can use them!

  2. So glad to have found you through the linky! Have a great time with your dad!

    Lucky to Be in First

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks, Jessica!! I hope we've worked all of the kinks out... let me know if it still doesn't work. =)

  4. You work at a super creative school! I love the stuffed brains!! The pots of gold were a hit with my kids too :) Thanks for stopping by and following :) I'm your newest follower!
    Learning In Wonderland

  5. Makenzie is ADORABLE!! So happy that she met a flying monkey...a little jealous too! LOL! The!! My teachers are not so creative at my one really puts up displays or anything seasonal. It's sad! For many years they followed the ITI model...not much on the walls, use light colors, plain borders, very BLAH!! When I came to the school 5 years ago NO ONE displayed kids' work. I couldn't believe it! This year I've been trying to bring back the fun! We'll see how it goes! Thanks for the freebie!! Love it!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  6. Thanks for the freebies! We made our pots of gold yesterday. I always love the red the choices they make.
    My Second Sense

  7. Hi Jackie & Danielle, I'm dying to see Wicked!! I wasn't sure if my daughter would like it (age 9) but if your little one does, I'm sure my 9 -yr. old will! We go to the city often (I'm a Jersey girl!) That science hallway looks awesome - stuffed brains - LOL! Do you & your sister teach science to your 2nd & 3rd graders? I love your fun blog- I'm your newest follower!
    Science for Kids Blog

  8. How awesome for your daughter to meet a flying monkey. She will remember it for always.

    The First Grade Princess

  9. Jackie, I went to SUNY Cortland my freshman year and graduated from SUNY Fredonia! Small world :)



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