Friday, April 17, 2015

Five for Friday April 17

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Thank you for hosting, Kacey! 

We planted our bulbs for Mother's Day.  OK- want the ugly truth?  Well, I had the kids plant the bulbs and thought we were all set.  Then, I woke up at 2 in the morning- honestly- and thought... Did I have the kids plant the bulbs upside DOWN?! 

 So, yeah. I did.  First thing in the morning, I flipped them all, and the kids never knew a thing.  Who does that- plants a bulb upside down?!  

I made an Earth Day Prezi that is free at my TPT store if you are looking for something to do to help celebrate and learn about Earth Day in your classroom.  I put together some of my favorite videos and games for Earth Day.  Feel free to share it!

I posted about some of the learning centers we played with this week.  Yes- PLAYED with...  cause we still play.  We read. We talk about books. We write in all sorts of genres. We compose and decompose numbers. We explore science and social studies topics.  AND we sing, dance, and PLAY.

My kids are having so much fun with the Vet Center.  They make appointments, take care of the sick pets, weigh and measure the pets, feed them, and write a report about each pet they take care of.  I love, love, love that it is so real to them.  I love authentic learning.  

Here is the little vet sheet that I made for the kids to use.  I have clip boards for them to use or just these sheets on the table so they can write about the pets they see. If you would like a copy, just click the picture below!

Here are some of the reports that I found on my desk after this little sweetheart played at the vet center.  
"Her head is bleeding.  Puttin pressure in and stitch and put on a bandaid."
"She is dying in 54321.  Use every tool in the world."
This one is pretty self explanatory...  he's fat and needs kitty liposuction. 

The Important Book, by Margaret Wise Brown is always one of my favorite books to read to and share with the children.  

We do a writing activity after we read the book, and I love  hearing and reading what the children think is most important about themselves.

I do not lie to my friends.  

I eat my healthy food.  (I LOVE how she spelled it hell-thee.)

I am funny. 

My brother is my favorite kid in history.  

I updated my writing prompt for this book if you would like a copy of it.  Just click the picture below.

This is one of the writing prompts in my packet of 170 writing prompts! I use them all the time. They're perfect for days when you want a writing lesson to use with a read aloud. And they are also perfect activities to leave for substitutes!

I also have a packet of Writing Prompts to go with books by eight different authors.

My kids were on the rug ready for our read aloud after centers, and I was having a quick conversation with a teacher in the room.  So, I hear the kids say, "I hope she reads the dirty book. READ THE DIRTY BOOK! READ THE DIRTY BOOK!" - like I've been reading them 50 Shades of Gray or something.  Who even knows what stories go home with the kids... I'm surprised I haven't gotten phone calls. 

Anyway, here's "The Dirty Book" that my kids love because it is MESSY!  

In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, bestselling author and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect story about embracing life's messes.

Little Louie's story keeps getting messed up, and he's not happy about it! What's the point of telling his tale if he can't tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one--imperfections and all.



Have a happy, healthy weekend. Thank you for stopping by! 


  1. I thought your little vet comments were the funniest thing ever until I came on down to the fact you're reading a "dirty book"! Looks like you've had a wonderfully fun week!

    Learning at the Teacher Table

  2. I love your vet center! Thanks for sharing about it on your blog.

  3. It sounds like so much fun in your classroom, Carolyn! Thanks for the smiles.

    Diamond Mom's Treasury

  4. Love the vet hospital! Kitty liposuction and puttin' the pressure in made me giggle. Also love the "dirty book." I get a lot of homework pages that look the dirty book! And The Important Book is a MUST! Love their cute responses and thank you for the writing prompt!

  5. I love your vet center! What a fun and cute idea.


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