Friday, April 26, 2013

Five For Friday - Biography Life Lessons, etc.

Happy Friday!
I always have good intentions to blog during the school week, but time just gets away from me!  Five For Friday and Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching motivates me to wrap up the week, and check out what the other awesome teacher bloggers have been up to.
1. The week started with a school board meeting held at our school on Monday evening.  There are 20+ schools in my district, and the board makes the rounds when holding their meetings every other week.  MANY people attended the meeting because they voted on and approved a huge change to our insurance (we will now have a $3000 yearly deductible for family policies).  Anyway - our third graders put on a musical performance before the heated meeting, and we had decorated the room with student created posters on Life Lessons Learned through reading Biographies.

2. We took a field trip to one of our high schools to see the play Peter Pan. The performance was great, but what the students remembered was when the lead said not once, but twice, "You silly a--!" I heard they took it out in the next day's performances - smart move.

3. On Wednesday and Thursday we had a scientist-in-residence program.  Professor Gizmo was so fun and entertaining.  Honestly  - the guy should be on Letterman.  The kids (and teachers) absolutely loved his hilarious way of sharing science.

4. We did our MAPS tests for math.  I was so proud of the growth my students showed in the algebra and number operations sections.  Unfortunately there were numerous questions on fractions, which we've done very little with, and is the topic of the next chapter in our Math Expressions book.  Note to self - change order of chapters next year.

5. Finally Spring has arrived in the Cheesehead State.  We got to out and pick up trash today!  There is a small stream just outside the fence of our playground area, and it always seems to be a magnet for litter.  Jackpot!  And.......not one kid fell in the stream - hurray.

Have a nice weekend!


  1. Sounds like we did similar lessons this week. We did seed stories about big moments in someone's life. Very similar to your Lessons Learned Biographies. :). I'm your newest follower. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. Thanks for the comment Brandee, and for becoming my 150th follower! You made my day!

      I am on my way to check out your blog!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! We saw a play put on by some of our high school students a few months ago...Thankfully there was no swearing, but definitely some things that went over their heads. Glad spring has started coming your way!

    Literacy Spark

  3. Hi Jane! I just found your blog through the Third Grade Blog Lovin' linky! I am a new third grade blogger and I love finding other third grade blogs! Looking forward to following you and your class adventures here and now on Instagram, too! :o)