Friday, April 19, 2013

FREEBIE Five for Friday Flashback: 4.19

It's Friday!

(Whoot! Whoot!)

I took the day off!

(WHOOT! WHOOT! Holla!)

I'm linking up with these fabulous bloggers for the Five for Friday Flashback!

(Holla back!)

Okay, can you tell that I caught up on my sleep last night and got to enjoy my full cup of coffee in the daylight this morning?  

I slept for AT LEAST ten hours last night.  Woke up after the sun and my husband!    I am feeling refreshed, blessed, and rested.  

I have big plans today.  

I just might change out of my pjs long enough to get a back massage and another latte! 
This break couldn't have come at a better time!  
I'm calling it a "Mental Health Day" but my boss would call it a "Personal Day" and my students might call it a "skip day".
Any way you look at it, I am at home in my pjs and my students are working hard-learning at school.  

Okay, enough about my break to make you jealous and not read the rest of this blog post.

I've got a freebie for you today!

Upward and onward.....

This week we started our big Space Unit.  

I am using Sarah Cooley's Adventures In Space Unit as a Supplement to our Core Knowledge Curriculum.  
Her graphics are so cute. 
She has included some great anchor chart type displays.
Click on the picture to check it out! 

So far we have learned all about the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Constellations.  
Next week is all about the planets! 


Yesterday I used food (gasp!) to help my students learn about the phases of the moon.
I gave them each an oreo, a spoon, and a napkin.  
We carefully twisted it open.  
And then the eating learning started!

We had prepared our foldable the day before.  We started from a blank white sheet of paper.  
Looking back, I wished I would have made an easy template in order to save time and maximize learning!

Here's a little freebie for you: 

All they need to do is fold and cut!

Crescent Moon

Finished and ready to eat!
My students loved this activity and were begging to do it again 
because they wanted to engaged in the learning process again for another oreo..of course!

Next week, our third graders will be taking our State Assessment.

The third graders classroom is in the cafeteria.  Which means this space is off limits to the rest of the school.  We are expected to eat lunch in our classrooms, with our students for those testing days.

I will be missing my 30 minute, duty-free lunch break next week.  

I recieved a projector through donorschoose a few weeks ago.  I finally found the perfect place to display it.  My classroom has four windows which makes it difficult to actually see the projector sometimes.  (Hey! I'm not complaining! I love the natural lighting!)

Now I am needing to take pictures of our classroom using it in order to post on their website for our donors to see.  

So far, I can't seem to capture anything worthy of an upload.
I might need to take a course in smart phone photography.

This is the best photo I have so far.  I hate that the projector is displaying a we're in prek learning our basic shapes.  
I promise this shapes video covers more challenging shapes!  
I promise.


Grace and peace.


  1. Oh my gosh I love your oreo moons! What a great way for them to remember what they're learning!

    I also LOVE that you just slept for ten hours and are only getting out of your pj's for a massage! That sounds like heaven!

    We've got a teachers only day today (it's Saturday and our first term finished yesterday)... then we've got two weeks holiday! Yay!!! I'll definitely be having a day or two like that. (I'm in New Zealand which is why we're only just finishing our first term now)

    I'm glad I found your blog through the linky! It'll be a fun one to follow!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

  2. I just found your blog through Doodle Bugs and the Friday linky. I love the way you have set up your five things and the tasks are great. Hope you enjoyed your day in your pj's

  3. Now I want Oreos! Congrats on your projector! So exciting.

    Curious Firsties

  4. I feel spoiled when it comes to technology compared to you!! I don't know what I would do without my projector!!!

    Surviving the Little People

  5. I LOVE your oreo moons. My third grade colleague uses vanilla wafers. She has her students show her the different moon phases by biting into the vanilla wafer. Haha. Both ideas are very clever.

    Congrats on getting your projector! Like, Kelli, I am definitely spoiled. I recently got my projector mounted to the ceiling and it just makes me love it even more!

    I found your blog through the Five for Friday linky party and am now a follower! :)

    Diary of a First Grade Teacher