Friday, May 3, 2013

5 for Friday Flashback: The Winter in May Edition

 Seriously.  I was so excited about summer.  Right up until today at recess when I went outside without my coat and realized it was FUH-reezing outside! 

Hello?  Texas?  Yes.  December called. It wants its' temperature back!

(I will be kicking myself come August when I can't see the computer screen to blog stalk you all what with all the sweat in my eyes from the scorching heat.)

I'm not asking for much.  I'm just asking that Texas turn into Hawaii.  

Here are my wonderful five from this past week.

This week we started our 20 day countdown to summer!

I put a star with each countdown day on the board.

Each star has a "prize" on the back.  At the end of the day, we reveal the countdown.  Any student who's behavior clip is above green (that's a good thing) gets to earn the surprise.  

Today was puzzles.  

I had four students who were not above green when it was time to earn the prize.  

Two of my students earned their clip up and were able to participate in the puzzles.

This is a great way to hold a reward above their heads motivate students who have summeritis. 

I originally heard about it from Teeny. #oneofmyfavorites

I got this box in the mail yesterday.

Yesterday I lost my voice and gained a sinus infection. Yesterday was not a good day.  I wanted to crawl into my bed and never go back to school.  
Instead, I checked the mail.
When I opened up the box, all I wanted to do was wake up in the morning and get back into the classroom to try out my new gadget!
Here's a hint.....
Any guesses on what I got?
More to come in a later post....

My team teacher had a brilliant idea for word work this week.

Spelling Chains!

My students write each word as many times as they can on a strip of paper. 
Then they glue it into a circle and keep going.
The great thing about this center is they are ENGAGED over and over again.  Even when they finished all of their spelling words, they were begging to write more words.  

I even had a student ask if she could work on her spelling chain instead of have the countdown puzzle prize.  I was one proud teacher.

We had a wedding shower for a teacher who will be married this summer.  Her wedding color is lavender.  I signed up to make cupcakes....lavender cupcakes.

The official title was "Lavender Cupcakes with Earl Grey Icing"


Saw this on a friend's blog and couldn't resist claiming it!

I took this picture on Sunday when the Mr. and I were hanging out at the pool after a hot run/soccer game.  I can't believe just a few days ahead I was sweating when today I am shivering!
My poor allergies cannot keep up.

When I lost my voice this week my first thought was: I haven't taught my students enough sign language to make it through an entire day!

I'm just crossing my fingers that I get some rest this weekend so that my voice is back by Monday. Between a "good-bye you are graduating" friend get together and a lingerie/bachelorette shower, I might need to cross my arms, legs, and eyes that I get some rest.

I have 18 more days till summer.

How many days do you have?

What's the first thing you will do when summer comes?

-The Frizz in First Second Grade


  1. How exciting you're so close to being done! I LOVE your magnet countdown. That's great! I did the balloon pop last year, but I'm not sure my kids can handle that this year! Thanks for the suggestions! Hoping that weather warms up for you!

    Lucky to Be in First

  2. Ohhhh did you get the super quiet pencil sharpener? We have been wanting to try it. IF that's what ya got, you'll have to let us know!

    Love the countdown mystery goodie at the end of the day-so fun!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  3. I am so with you on December wanting its temp back- in Georgia too. BRRR!!! Hate it.
    ideas by jivey

  4. Did you get the world's quietest best pencil sharpener!?!?! I want one! Maybe I'll get one this weekend :) I love love love the countdown idea. I still have a good 30 days left, but I may be starting that soon! Love it!

  5. I love my pencil sharpener :) Only one friend in class is allowed to sharpen all the pencils and I honestly never know he's doing it! I have 15 days left! Eeek, need to get working on my memory book. Love the countdown poster, I am stealing ;)

    Surfin' Through Second

  6. I am right there with you on the weather, I keep complaining about these random cold fronts but I know in a few months I will be complaining about the heat. We only have 23 days left!