I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! Thank you, Kacey!
It actually seems like spring this week. (Well, the last part of this week, at least- the beginning was in the teens. BRRR. )
I finally finished my Bird Nest Prezi. I have wanted to make this for a while, because I love teaching the children about birds. I put together all of my favorite pictures and links. I like using Prezis, because any time I have a few minutes, I can refer to it, and we can learn a little something. The kids LOVED seeing what birds used to make their nests- and learning about the different types of nests.
If you would like a copy of my Prezi, just click on the picture below. It's FREE at my TPT store this week.
We made bird nest kits, and wrote about what we would use to make our nest if we were birds.
HERE is my post alllll about Birds and Bird Nests- with LOTS of TPT Freebies!
I had the children each bring in a favorite thing this week to write about. They could write a story telling about their favorite thing or a fiction story with their favorite thing as the main character. I took a picture of each child with his/her favorite thing for the cover.
("My hat is the greatest thing ever. I like my hat.")
He went on to say how his mom made it, and he loved the tassles.
We talk about how some of our most loved things get worn out- and to other people look old and raggedy, but to us become more and more special. I tell them how each patch is from a special 5th grade dress or 3rd grade coat. I love sharing this, because lots of the children's special animals are very worn and old looking, too, so they "get" it, and feel a little more proud of their well-loved stuffed animals.
I also share two stories that I wrote about Floppy to show them examples of what we will be writing.
We learned the song, My Favorite Things this week. Yes- I made a Prezi to go with it... If you would like a copy of it, it is free at my TPT store. Just click HERE.
Here is my post about it from last year. I have Youtube videos all around the edge of the Prezi of different people singing the song. The kids always love listening to the different versions. Every year I get at least one "keeper" comment. This year- when they watched Vanessa Williams, Placido Domingo, and Tony Bennett singing, one little boy said, "I liked the part where George Washington sang." (AKA Tony Bennett...) Last year someone said I sounded like Julie Andrews. THIS year, one little darling said that Vanessa Williams had the same voice as me. Yes. I am that needy that those comments made my day. Yes. I do realize that children often suck up to the teacher. Still. Knowing how I sing- and knowing that Vanessa and I, in fact, do NOT have the same voice, that little darling scored some points.
Inside the Prezi are pictures to illustrate the words in the song. You can just click through the arrows at the bottom of the Prezi to go through the pictures as fast or as slowly as you sing it.
We usually learn this song and sing it with some other songs for the grandparents on Grandparents' Day in May.
This little guy was my writing challenge in the beginning of the year. (And the one who was afraid he may be flushed by that automatic flusher.) He used a fist grip until we switched to using golf pencils. That was his magic trick.
30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself by Marc and Angel
The post has a great write up about each thing, but here were some of my favorites, with just the message that I put with the picture.
(Sometimes I have a hard time forgetting when someone is mean...)
Stop trying to compete against everyone else.
Stop being jealous of others.
(Oh my gosh, I LOVED that dog's face!)
OK- here is my number five. Just to make you all feel better about yourselves. My friend Shelley, (from The Write Stuff Teaching) did this celebrity look alike app, and came up with these lovely matches- PROBABLY because she, herself, is lovely. So I thought that looked like fun. Right?!
I did one online. Picture #1... My closest match was Tara Reid. Next- Queen Latifah. OK. Not what I had expected, but then- the third one was... wait for it...
Really? How LOW in the celebrity files did they have to scrape to match me up with BORIS BECKER?!
So then I figured it must have been a "bad" picture. Let's try again. Always the optimist. The next one HAS to be better.
Picture #2... FIRST match... Michael Keaton.
Have a wonderful weekend! It really feels like SPRING! YA-HOO!