Friday, June 7, 2013

Five For Friday / Camp Learned-A-Lot Freebie

Happy Friday and Hello Summer!
It is our first day of vacation and I am finally posting a Five for Friday - I haven't been able to link up since before Memorial Day.  There has been so much going on!
1. There were lots of special events during our last week of school.  One of the greatest highlights of the week (and the entire year) is when my dog Berkeley comes to school.  All students' parents complete a permission slip okaying the visit, and he only comes for the last hour of the day. I live within 5 minutes of school, so I run home while the students are in a special to get him.
We take him outside for a walk, bring him in for simple tricks, sometimes do writing activities about him, and all get a chance to sit in my rocking chair and hold him if they'd like.
Berkeley has been visiting my classroom since he was a puppy so he is very comfortable with all the attention.
2. I was so excited to find out that I received a grant for an iPad mini for my classroom.  The even better news is that my principal said he would upgrade it to a full-size iPad OR give me two iPad minis!  What would you pick?  I already have one regular iPad.
3. We went bowling for our end of the year field trip.  The students seems to be really impressed with my score - 138 (with bumpers).
As you can see in the picture below - the mountain dew was flowing freely - yikes!
They wasted their spending money on soda, slushies, and fake mustaches.
4. I received so many nice gifts on our last day.  I will really miss this group, they were a wonderful group of kids.  One of my creative, sweet girls brought this up to me with tears in her eyes.
It's a keeper.
5. We've been doing Camp Learned-A-Lot for the last two weeks.  It is always a huge hit!  Among other things, we turn the lights out and read with flashlights while listening to a nature sounds CD.
We also do a scavenger hunt outside in teams for a variety of items.  The last item on the scavenger hunt is to make up a cheer about our classroom and/or Camp Learned-A-Lot.  The cheers always crack me up.
You can download a free copy of the scavenger hunt by clicking here.
The clipart on the sheet is from
You can link up with Five For Friday here.
Enjoy the weekend!


  1. I LOVE that your pup comes to school to visit the kids!! What a special treat! They must love it :)

    Happy summer!
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  2. I like the camping ideas! It sounds like great fun, I am planning a camping theme unit for summer school, thanks so much for sharing, Paula

  3. Bringing your dog to school is so sweet. I bet the kids love it! I've always wanted to raise a pup in my classroom with the kids. I'm sure there isn't a principal on earth who would allow it! Camping ideas are really cute too! Thaks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for the freebie! I bet the kids loved that you could bring your dog to class.

    Think, Wonder, & Teach