Five For Friday

Well lookie here!  My best friend….FRIDAY…is here again!  And it’s a very special Friday because our Spring Break starts at 4:00!  Woohoo!  So here’s a little Five For Friday to celebrate!  Thank you to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting!

This week’s theme?  Things we get excited about!

This is Mike Mulligan Steam Shovel.  Boy were we excited when he showed up!  You see, there is a tiny little piece of property that our school parking lot sort of wraps around.  We have been waiting for yeeeeaaaarrrrs for someone to buy it and make it into a community center, or at least a Starbucks with maybe a deli or teriyaki place attached…or maybe a wine bar for after hours! Well finally….the day arrived!  Mike Mulligan Steam Shovel showed up and we went rushing over to see what he was going to make….and when I say we I really mean we made the custodian rush over and find out. Anywho….drum roll please… is going to be……condos.  Wah wah wah!  Bummer.  But at least the kiddles are having a great time watching Mike Mulligan work.  Pretty fun to watch….even if it isn’t a Starbucks.  🙂  🙂

And it’s the little (or maybe large) things I tell ya!  This giant plastic cow makes my teacher heart excited and happy! She lives at a local grocery store.  Sometimes she is in the dairy aisle…sometimes she is in the meat aisle…which I’m sure freaks her out.  This week, she was grazing amongst the tulips.  So who cares? Me.  I’d like to bring her with me and put her in the courtyard of our school!  I know the kiddles would get so excited and would LOVE her, and she would love all of the attention.  Do you think the store people would notice if  I sort of slipped her in my expandable grocery tote as I walk out?

We teachers get so excited when we discover a new book that is just perfect for a lesson on….well you name it!  So I was excited to get this book in the mail this week.  It is PERFECT for teaching the littles all about using text clues and evidence to predict, infer, teach the genre of mystery, and lots more.  Who Done It?  by Olivier Tallec…check it out if  you teach littles.

The Annual Staff vs. Fifth Graders Hockey Game….always gets our school excited!  It is so much fun and the teachers always win…..which is a shock because face it…the fifth graders are in much better shape!  This year was a little sad though, because our amazing P.E. teacher who started the tradition and makes it The MOST Amazing Fun every year, is moving to another school.  Pfffft!  Seems he wants to go work at the brand new school our district will open this Fall.  Who would want to leave our awesome staff for a brand new school with state of the art facilities, I ask you? Well, this year’s score was mighty close…..Fifth graders 11, Teachers 29!  Woohoo!

FAMILY….always gets me excited.  This week I got to spend time with my 5 year old granddaughter helping her make a Fairy Garden at her house.  We already made one at my house, but she needed one at her house too, of course.  She had great ideas and it turned out great, don’t you think?  Kids and Fairy Gardens…so much fun!

So there you go!  It was a week to get excited about.  And now I’m going to get excited about Spring Break because it is FINALLY here!  Woot! Woot!

Have a great weekend everybody!



  1. Carolyn Kisloski
    April 8, 2016 / 11:19 am

    I'm SO excited for Who Done It? !!!!! I love a new book. Thank you so much. School would be O.V.E.R. with a steam shovel. I bet the kids just are in heaven with it. AND… Love that cow! Happy Weekend!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      April 23, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      Hi Carolyn! Thanks for connecting with us. Smiles, Kristin

  2. ithappenedin3rd
    April 9, 2016 / 1:19 am

    It's always condos, isn't it? Lol…at least your kids got to enjoy watching them work!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      April 23, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      Hi there! Yep…it's always condos. 🙂 Thanks for connecting with us! Smiles, Kristin

  3. Unknown
    April 10, 2016 / 7:39 am

    Love your Five this week! first, the cow is so cute, what a fun idea, you never know where she will be! I like the book, thanks for the suggestion, can you suggest a book that shows using more descriptive words, I know I have one, but just cannot think which one it is! and yes I feel your pain on losing a staff member, we are losing 10, yes TEN! to a brand new school. I really must do the fairy garden, I have a 5 year old granddaughter too, what a great idea. thank you so much, I really connected with your five this week, have a great break. Paula

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      April 23, 2016 / 4:56 pm

      Hi Paula! So sorry it took me so long to reply. Life whizzes some weeks! I have lots of ideas for books using great descriptive words!
      Summer Legs by Anita Hakkinen, Beekeepers or Girl on the High-Diving Horse both by Linda Oatman High – her words match the theme of the book too…"Her heart was pounding like hooves.." Also Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes…"She wilted. She bloomed." Brave Irene by William Steig has amazing powerful verbs for describing actions. Hope these help! Thanks for connecting with us! Smiles, Kristin

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