Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Currently and Tried It Tuesday - Earth Day Activities

No foolin'!  It's April!

I am on Spring Break this week, and love watching all 4 hours of the Today Show while I'm doing this and that.  Today I saw some funny photos about why kids cry, that have gone viral.

On that same note, I love having no time parameters this week.  I can stay up and read and not worry about being a zombie the next day.

It's another day of cold here in WI.  Usually I go away somewhere warm during Spring Break, but have a big move coming up next week so needed to spend the time (and money) on that.
Sure would be nice to have a warm, sunny day here, though.

I'm looking into washers and dryers - any suggestions???

Teachers in my district have what's called "Professional Hours".
This means we can arrive and leave around the student hours. 
So, I am not a morning person and arrive around 8:05, but don't leave each day until about 5:15.
They're called "Professional Hours" because our district assumes you'll be a professional - deciding which time frame works for you.  We do have to attend scheduled morning or after school meetings, though.

I'm also hooking up with Holly for her Tried It Tuesday linky.

I've been working on organizing my series books. In third grade we do a whole unit on series books, and I wanted them to stand out in my classroom library.
I got green boxes (which match my gray chevron/green/black color scheme) from Steps to Literacy.
The cute labels are from Creative Teaching Press!
I just ran the book series titles on sticky back paper, and attached them to the CTP stickers.

Are you looking for some fun standards-based Earth Day activities for your literacy groups?
I created this packet with skits, scrambled sentences, cause-effect sheets, and more!
My kids love acting and skits, so I knew I wanted to include a planning sheet for that.
The packet includes 24 Earth Day tips that students use as a theme for their skits.
The goal in the skit is to persuade others to observe that Earth Day tip.
Hope you'll check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Happy April!


  1. Hi Jane! Carla from Comprehension Connection here! Just dropped by to read/reply to your April Currently. I love, love, love your blog design...so calming. I also love your book boxes. I typically purchase tons of colored baskets from the Dollar Tree for mine and learned last summer that you can use Mod Podge to adhere labels to them. You paint it on the basket in the space where the printed badge will go, place the badge there, and paint over it to seal it and give it the shiny look. They've stayed on well all year.

  2. Jane, I love the concept of "Professional Hours"! Does it work out for everyone? What an intriguing concept. Also, I've enjoyed getting some Today Show action during my maternity leave - it's the little things!

  3. Carla, I use Modge Podge on mine too! I paint over it, and it completely prevents it from peeling. I love it!
    My favorite part of spring break is staying up late and sleeping in too. I always have such a hard time getting back in the swing of things after break!
    Good luck with your move!

  4. I saw those funny kid pics on the Today Show too! Very entertaining! Enjoy the rest of your Spring Break!!


  5. I love the Today Show too and can't wait for spring break to enjoy some of that "me time!" Your labels are super cute and I love the green bins. The Earth Day activities look amazing too! So talented. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  6. YAY, YAY, YAY! You're finally on Spring Break. My suggestion for washers and dryers...ones that clean and dry? Lol! I'm the least domestic person that I know. I knew I loved you for a reason...I'm not a morning person either! Hope you get lots of reading in!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  7. Professional hours -- what a concept! I don't know of many teachers who only put in an 8 hour day anyways. I love the flexibility that your district offers you. As for a washer and dryer, I have a Fridgidaire front load washer and dryer and I HATE them. Avoid them if you can! Run! Run!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings