Catching Up

Wow. This weekend has been crazy busy! I have missed out on several linky parties, so I’m going to link up real quick with all of them.

First up, is Workshop Wednesday with Ideas By Jivey. Oops!


This week’s theme was Math Card Games. I found this idea somewhere online, but I cannot recall where. It’s for equivalent fractions. Students will flip over two cards and create a proper fraction. They will then race their partner to create all the equivalent fractions they can think of. My kids loved this game once they grasped the concept. Generating equivalent fractions is always a hard standard to understand. You can download the game sheet for free at my TPT by clicking on the image below! (sorry it’s so teeny)


Okay so on Friday my students got to celebrate bringing in the most Box Tops in March. We had a popcorn and movie celebration. I did throw in some learning. We watched a read-aloud of The Lorax and then watched the 1972 original film. I won a craftivity from Where the Wild Things Learn. It included a graphic organizer for comparing the book with the movie. My students completed that. We also created the craft. They LOVED it! Then, they were able to write haiku’s about the earth. We have been working on poetry so this was a great tie-in.


Friday evening, I was able to help out at church with Megan and Erin with the senior high girls. We partnered up with Sole Hope. This organization brings shoes to children in Uganda who would otherwise have infected feet. Our part was in cutting out the pieces of the shoes so that their shoe makers can sew the shoes together.


We had a great time and put together about 30 pairs of shoes. Our goal was 100, so we will probably have another party together sometime soon. This is an awesome organization that really has a heart for Ugandan children.

Saturday was the Middle School missions dinner and I was able to help with that by cooking dinner and helping them to raise money for their summer mission trip. This was a great opportunity to serve with Megan, Mark, and a few other young adults.  No pictures from that unfortunately, too busy!

Sundays mean a link-up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text Linky. This week the topic is Social Studies. A text I used this year was T is for Tarheel. This is part of a series that encompasses many different topics, however, this book is geared specifically to North Carolina. It goes through the alphabet and my students learn so much. I even learned many things I didn’t already know about my state. I love this book and my kids did too. We were also able to make a list of other items that began with that letter that related to North Carolina.

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Okay, I believe this post is stinkin long enough! I hope everyone has a great week!! My week will be slam busy as I begin tutoring after school this week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Linking up with:

mentor texts linky  friday flashback   Five For Friday

Oh wait!

Where the Wild Things Learn is having an AWESOME giveaway! You should definitely go check it out! She has tons of great prizes to celebrate reaching TWO HUNDRED followers! GO GO GO!


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Finally Friday!

Praise the good Lord above, I survived this week! At points I honestly did not think I was going to make it.

With all that said, here is a recap of what we covered this week and what went on:

1. Common Fractions Assessment-
At our last planning day, the fourth grade team wrote about a thousand fraction math problems covering all standards. Myself and another teacher pushed them together and created a big kahuna test. It was incredibly difficult and took several of my students more than 2 1/2 hours. After I finished grading the test, I discovered that I need to reteach some concepts and then have them correct their tests. Frustrating, but with the test a little over a month away, it’s incredibly important. In addition, fractions are such a large part of the 4th grade Common Core curriculum.

2. Field Trip to the Planetarium
On Wednesday we took about 150 fourth graders to the Planetarium on the campus of UNC-Chapel HIll. Since my school is in a rural area, it took us about 90 minutes each way. 3 hours on a bus was not my idea of a good time. Add in a sick kid, not so great chaperones, and scheduling mishaps. BUT the shows were amazing and the kids were incredibly well behaved and intrigued.

3. Relay For Life


Our school has a Relay for Life team each year and we have several fundraisers throughout the year. Last night was our annual Spaghetti Dinner & Talent Show. I coordinated most of the spaghetti dinner and we had a pretty good turnout. I can already see how next year can be even better! I took one picture, of my wonderful co-worker’s adorable son chowing down on a cupcake. Isn’t he cute?


4. In ELA this week I have been working on completing independent reading assessments. This requires the rest of my students to be occupied with independent work. This is always a struggle for my friends. Does anyone have any suggestions? I do have to pat myself on the back. I have 13 students who are reading at middle of fifth grade level or beyond. I have 1 student exactly on level, 1 approaching level (1 level below), and 6 friends below level. Coming from the beginning of the year, when it was almost flipped, that is an amazing transformation! Reading is definitely my favorite subject!

5. Tonight I went with one of my good friends, Meredith, to dinner and just to chat. I’ve known Meredith for about 7 years. She also just recently got an awesome job as a guidance counselor! Yay!


Meredith and I at Appalachian State

We went to Buffalo Wild Wings and our server was Megan at The Remodeled Life‘s cousin. Small world! After dinner we went to Targay, where I was sucked into the Dollar Spot.

Well, the HGTV magazine didn’t come from the dollar spot. (I wish!)  But whenever there are non-fiction books to be found in the dollar spot, I will for sure scoop them up!

Oh, I’m also including a picture of my clip chart at the end of the day on Thursday. I think next year I need more below “Ready to Learn”. I just have those friends who aren’t motivated by one clip-down.


I keep the boys on the right and the girls on the left just for easier viewing. The boys were rocking it out yesterday. I do have 23 students, 11 girls and 12 boys.

I’m linking up with two awesome ladies, Doodle Bugs and Teaching Maddeness.


Tomorrow I’m headed thrifting with an amazing co-worker. I’ll try to take some pictures! Have a fabulous weekend!

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