Thursday, February 19, 2015

Five for Friday!!

Happy Friday!!! We have been lucky with this three day week! I think the kiddos were tired so we had a pretty calm, but busy three days. We are linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for our very favorite linky party! Let's get this started:)

In my last Five for Friday post I shared my kiddos love for The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg (Click HERE to read that post). Well, Carol from Teachers are Terrific suggested this book, The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg. They LOVED it!! They are now obsessed trying to guess what this stone is! I just LOVE the excitement that they get while trying to figure out the mystery. They are using so many strategies and pulling out connections to other books, like The Stranger, to try and figure it out. LOVE!!!! Thanks Carol!!

You guys...triple digit subtraction...NO THANK YOU!!!! We have been trying SO hard. We have used cubes, place value blocks, pictures, name it, we've used it. Triple digit subtraction is SO HARD for my little kiddos to get! So, we have started a chant, which I have spared you all from having to listen to me say, you're welcome:) We also have started using these Interactive Notebooks from Lucky Little Learners. Seriously...crossing my fingers...I think we are having a break through. It is either the chant, the notebooks or the fact we have been working on it FOR A MONTH! Something, one or all, is working and I am sticking with it! These kiddos LOVE these interactive notebooks. Give them scissors and glue and you've got the buy in. I REALLY recommend these if you are feeling like me and my kiddos with this triple digit stuff:)

IT's OFFICIAL!!! We are headed to Vegas again! Registration...check! Flight...check! Hotel...check! We are so excited to see everyone! PLUS one of my most FAVORITE people is going to be there, Joya from Live Love Serve Teach!!! So excited!!!

Seriously...this weekend's weather made me want to quit my job and stay home. Beautiful, warm sunshine?!?!? Yes please! We had so much fun! We played on the local playground AND we went to a birthday party. Do you know who we met?!?!?!?! ELSA and ANNA!!!!! 

<-----Insert Jealousy----->

Who want's a ride?!?!?!? She's so good she only needs one hand!

 Junebug got tired of waiting for those kids to go.

 We are SO, SO, SO excited to meet everyone at our teacher blogger/seller meet-up!!! If you are in Washington we hope you can come! If you know someone in the Washington area that would be interested, please share this with them. We are so excited to connect with people in the area!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend:)


  1. My 7th and 8th grade classes are almost all boys and every one of them loves mystery--I think they will love The Wretched Stone! It looks like a perfect book to do some partner reading with, which we really need after all of our testing practice. So glad you shared--thanks for the idea!

    1. I hope your kiddos like it! It's a good one!

  2. I can't wait for the conference either!!!! I need to go ahead and register! Miss you both to pieces! Less than 5 months to go...

    Joya :)

  3. Oh my goodness! I am so glad you found The Wretched Stone! My students always tried to make the stone have magical qualities or alien properties. I personally always felt it represented a television! I am also tickled to see you will be in Vegas! Have a great weekend!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

    1. My kiddos are stuck on magic. Magic and aliens. I told them to keep thinking! Thanks for the recommendation! We can't wait for Vegas:)

  4. I just started using interactive notebooks this year and I am loving it!! Also, I am so jealous of your warm weather. It has been so cold in New England. I can't wait for spring to come!

    1. Oh my goodness, I have seen New England from some of the other bloggers. Hang in there!! Hopefully you guys get some warm weather soon!!

  5. You HAVE to read "The Widow's Broom" to your kids too. I have a freebie on my blog to go along with it. They will love it. It's one of my favorite Van Allsburg books.

    Teaching with a Twist

  6. I'm obsessed with interactive notebooks! Aren't they the best?! Enjoy that weather.. After all this snow I am jealous!