Five For Friday

Happy Friday!  Happy Friday!  Our last day was yesterday so we are celebrating this first day of summer vacay!  Yippee!

Here comes some Five For Friday action for your entertainment.  This week’s edition is kind of a cheat because it really covers two weeks.  What can we say…things have been a little crazy.  We also had a very sad event happen this week.  We lost one of our precious 4th graders to a drowning accident.  So though we celebrate the happiness of the end of the year activities…our hearts are heavy and are with all of us who are grieving his sad loss.

The past couple of weeks started off with an earthquake drill.  My team is in charge of  “sweeping” one of the routes around our school.  Here are most of us in our finest gear.  Don’t you think we are such the trendsetters in these outfits?  I know…you are probably jealous of our Teacher Dior line of clothing. Just remember, if you copy us, we want the credit for starting the style trend.  Ha! Oh hold on a second….I think that is Vogue calling for a photo shoot!

In math intervention groups, we spent the last day playing our fave math games.  This one is called “The 30 Second Challenge.”  It is their favorite…go figure.  They just have to order the numbers correctly in less than 30 seconds.  They love it

This past week in reading intervention groups, we wrapped up our last story.  The 5th grade groups have been reading an “All About Art” series.  The last book we read was all about how artists decorated cows and installed them all over Rio.  So of course we had to make our own!  After the kiddles made their own art cows, our Dean came and judged the winner.  And can you believe it? They were all so great he decided they all had to win!  *wink *wink*  We clearly have amazing 5th grade artists at our school.  Now I am on the hunt for cows that are a bit larger for next year’s groups. Give me a shout if you have any ideas where to get those.

As soon as we were finished teaching our last day of groups, we had to finish up the school wide support schedule.  Here are two of my team members getting busy.  And….ta da!  It’s done!  3 days later, 30 classrooms and 789 students are all scheduled for next year!  Woohoo!

Last of all….we celebrated the last day.  Yessss!  Sooo…my 21st year and my daughter’s 8th year are a wrap!  Done and dusted as they say.  And in the words of Maurice Sendak…….”Let the wild rumpus start!”

Happy Summer to all of you hardworking teachers everywhere!



  1. Unknown
    June 18, 2016 / 1:03 am

    I think it's so special that you and your daughters are both teachers! And at the same school, I assume? 🙂 Congratulations on your 21st and 8th year of teaching!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      June 19, 2016 / 4:08 am

      Thank you Rachel and thanks for connecting with us. Yes, we work at the same school. Such a blessing! Hope you have a wonderful summer! Kristin

    June 18, 2016 / 5:49 am

    It sounds like you had a busy past two weeks! My sympathies to you and your school. We lost a fifth grader to cancer this year (one of my past kinders), and are still mourning.

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      June 19, 2016 / 4:11 am

      HI Kristine! It is so sad to lose a student. There have been a few over the years and it just breaks our hearts, doesn't it? So sad. We hope you have a relaxing and restorative summer., Thanks for connecting with us! Kristin

  3. Unknown
    June 18, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    My heart goes out to you and your school. That must be incredibly difficult to deal with, especially with the end of year craziness during a "normal" year. On a happier note, the 30 second challenge game sounds fun! I think I may have to add that into my day next year. 🙂

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      June 19, 2016 / 4:16 am

      Hi there! Thank you for your kind thoughts. It has been difficult. The 30 Second Challenge is a great game for any kind of ordering or sorting. The kids really love it. Also, Hap Palmer has a song we play that is called The 30 Second Challenge with bits of music in it that last 30 seconds! So much fun! Hope you have a wonderful summer! Thanks so much for connecting with us! Kristin

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