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Five for Friday!

April 3, 2015 5 Comments
Two blog posts in one day means only one thing…Spring Break!  I am so excited to have 10 days off to relax, get organized, recharge, and spend time with loved ones.  This week was an “egg”citing week and I can’t wait to share what we did with Doodle Bugs Teaching’s Five for Friday!

We got so tricked with the email from Go Noodle on April Fools Day announcing the end of Koo Koo Kangaroo. The kids were DEVASTATED! Thankfully, it was just a prank and the kids had a blast dancing and singing along to the group’s newest video, Just Kidding!  Go Noodle-1 Mrs. Yannuzzi’s Firsties-0

We started our unit on measurement this week and in an effort to step away from my the math manual and make my lessons more interactive, I was inspired by an idea from the always amazing, Reagan Tunstall!  This is a lesson she wrote about a few weeks ago called Fish in a Bucket, you can see her amazing work in action here! 

 I passed out construction paper to each student and asked them to create three different sized fish for our bucket.  We collected them and circled up around the carpet to discuss some different strategies for how we could compare our fish and order them from shortest to longest and discussed their different lengths.  My kiddos did an AMAZING job sharing different strategies and then putting them into action.  There was so much cooperation with each other and hands-on learning!  We made sure to line our fish up end to end to make sure our measurements were accurate!

I glued the fish to our paper and next week we will pull it out again to measure each fish with our non-standard units and document how long each fish is!  I can’t wait to put this on display in the hallway for everyone to see our hard work!  Thank you so much Reagan!

Is this not the most adorable display?!  I have a student from our high school volunteering in my classroom for a “tomorrow’s teachers” program.  She has been observing for the last month and now she’s going to be starting to teach a few lessons and create some projects for our class.  She made this poster for our students to reference during math.  I just LOVE it!  I believe that she got the idea from Pinterest but unfortunately, I can’t find the original pin.  If this is your idea please let me know!  It’s so sweet!

Do you use Reading A-Z?  I just joined for a trial subscription and I don’t know what took me so long!  I always struggle to find appropriate texts to use during guided reading for my wide range of learners and the site is so user friendly!  I was able to search through its selections not only for appropriate leveled readers but also for texts that coincided with a phonics skill and comprehension skill that I wanted my readers to focus on.  I HAVE to get this subscription!  My only negative was putting the books together, if anyone has any suggestions for creating the booklets I would love to hear it!

On Wednesdays in Room 11, we wear leopard!  How stinkin’ cute are these girls?! This was completely unplanned and these little divas all came to school wearing the leopard print.  Who needs the Spice Girls when you have the Leopard Ladies of NJ?!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!  I’m off to celebrate the beginning of Spring Break with a large cup of coffee in my Disney mug.  Enjoy!


  • Once Upon a Classroom: A Teacher's Tales April 3, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Jayme!! I hope you have a wonderful break! I love how hands-on the learning is in your classroom. I use Reading A-Z and Raz-Kids all the time… I don't know where my students would be without it. I don't put the books together because I have my students access the books through Raz-Kids on their iPads. You can also choose a range of levels for them there. If you search the "close reading packs" on Reading A-Z, that's what I use for passages for assessments or strategy groups. I am sure you will only love it the more you use it. HAPPY BREAK!
    Once Upon a Classroom: A Teacher's Tales

  • Jayme April 4, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you so much Marie! I really have been trying hard to incorporate more and more hands-on learning in my classroom. I will have to check out the close reading packs on Reading A-Z, I would love that! Have a great weekend!

  • Luv My Kinders April 5, 2015 at 12:53 am

    That crack the numbers bulletin board is adorable. Lucky you! Wish we had a program like that through our local high school. My kiddos love Koo Koo Kangaroo as well. We missed out on their prank as we were on Spring Break this past week. Love the Leopard girls, too cute! Enjoy your break!

    Luv My Kinders

  • Barbara April 5, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Just found your blog via Teaching Little Miracles!
    I love the cracked eggs, too. I'm pinning:)
    Grade ONEderful
    BL Designs

  • Teaching Little Miracles April 8, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Hi Jayme! The leopard print! For a second you had me fooled. Ha! I started wondering what your mascot was…heehee. My kids and I love GoNoodle, but in my room it rarely works (internet problems…ugh) so I don't try it much anymore. I think I should try it again!

    I also wanted to let you know that you won our Fraction pack. I e-mailed it to you so please let me know if/when you receive it.

    Teaching Little Miracles

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    Hi! I’m Jayme! A former elementary teacher turned stay at home mom sharing toddler activities, mom tips, and educational resources to help you learn and play with your children. I believe in the power of PLAY and creating meaningful activities for you and your little ones to enjoy together.

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