Five for Friday

Happy, happy, happy Friday everyone!  Howzabout some Five For Friday?  Thanks so much to Doodlebugs Teaching for sponsoring Five For Friday!  It is so great to read them all and see what you are all up to! Usually I like to do a theme for Five For Friday, but this week it really is all random!

What kind of Seattle girls would we be if we didn’t start out with this?
Go Hawks!  Go Hawks! Go Hawks!  (They’re just so awesome!)
Photo by Tina Overley Holmes – Everything Washington

What’s up in School Land???  Assessing, assessing, assessing!  We’re finishing a schoolwide benchmark assessment period as we get ready for regrouping of our reading groups!  Here we are assessing our schoolwide phonics continuum and our schoolwide high-frequency word lists.  🙂  So if you meet up with me and wonder why my eyes might be kinda, sorta, red and crossed……these are the reason why!

Life in Newfieland – Episode 792
Me:  Boomer…have you seen the pillows that belong on the couch?
Boomer:  ….silence…pleading the 5th evidently….   (And notice how he is a master at avoiding eye-contact!)  You Are So Busted Boomer! Guess I’ll be shopping for new pillows this weekend! (Insert secret shout of Yay! Any excuse to go shopping for the house is a good one!  Just don’t tell the puppies that, okay?  😉

We teachers will do just about anything to get kiddos to remember their learning! One of the third graders just couldn’t remember the sound of ou, no matter what we did!  So in I come with  bandaids all over my hand which I rip off quickly and dramatically and shout, “Ow!” It wasn’t quite an academy award worthy performance, but… worked!  The kiddos of course got their own bandaids to wear with a reminder of the sound and a reminder never to rip them off quickly!  Hey, whatever works, right?

Addicted!  That’s me!  I am addicted to Downton Abbey!  Yep….you’ll find me glued to it every Sunday night.  And last week when Mary said, “OOoooo…Granny has a past!”…that was just the best!  If you are a Downton addict…you get what I’m talking about.  If you aren’t…you really should check it out.

Have a great weekend everyone!



  1. Liveloveserveteach
    January 23, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    Happy Friday Girls!
    I loved that line too… hope they explore it more! We record Downton and usually watch on Monday evenings. I love the bandaid idea. Might try that with Suri. We are also working on those trickier sounds. Don't miss assessment time! 🙂 Go Hawks!
    Joya 🙂

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      February 4, 2015 / 11:50 pm

      Hey Joya! We are in mourning here over the game. Aaack! And talking about Downton….Anna? Bates? Who dunnit?!!!

  2. Unknown
    January 23, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    I love the bandaid idea! Great post!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      February 4, 2015 / 11:51 pm

      Hi Myranda! Thanks! Although I was a little too dramatic this time and think I ripped some hair off the arm! Ouch! 🙂 Thanks for connecting with us! Kristin

  3. Forever in Fifth Grade
    January 23, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    I feel your assessment pain! That's all I've been doing for the last couple of weeks too…no wonder my students are stir crazy! Boomer is adorable! 🙂

    Forever in Fifth Grade

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      February 4, 2015 / 11:52 pm

      Hi Stephanie! Yep…assessment pain. And now for the next 4 weeks we have ELL testing! "Look at the picture. What does the picture show?" ….over and over and over and over. Teehee! Thanks for connecting with us! Kristin

  4. Carol Davis
    January 23, 2015 / 10:53 pm

    The bandaid idea is genius! So glad the Hawks pulled it off! Good luck with the BIG one!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      February 4, 2015 / 11:54 pm

      Hi Carol! Well….we are depressed about the big game, but oh well! Thanks for checking in with us! Smiles, Kristin

  5. Unknown
    January 24, 2015 / 12:06 am

    Yay Hawks!! What a great picture! And the bandaid thing is genius!! I bet they loved it!

    The Land of I Can

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      February 4, 2015 / 11:54 pm

      Hi Heather! Thanks! And thanks for connecting with us! Smiles, Kristin

  6. Heather
    January 24, 2015 / 1:08 am

    Our assessments start soon-eeeeekkkkkk! Also, love the bandaids! So doing that!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      February 4, 2015 / 11:55 pm

      Hi Heather! Yep….assessment pain. After benchmark testing came ELL testing. We have 3 1/2 more weeks of that to go. Oh boy! Good luck with your assessments! Smiles, Kristin

  7. Unknown
    January 24, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    Boomer is tooooo cute!!! I am in love with the bandaid idea for ow/ou! I wish I had done that when I taught first grade! Genius! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      February 4, 2015 / 11:56 pm

      Hi Alex! Yep, Boomer is cute….but…..he knows it and uses it to his advantage I'm afraid! Ha, ha, ha! Thanks so much for connecting with us! Smiles, Kristin

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