It's the little things in life that make me smile.....this morning it was a LARGE PUMPKIN LITE ICED LATTE from Dunkin Donuts at 6:30a.m.
Seriously.....I found myself smiling after that first drink as I'm walking back to my car.....is that sad or good?????? I can't decide...lol.
Linking up again with Doodle Bugs for her Five for Friday linky:)
So here we go:
My classroom went from fun, bright, and cozy, tooooooooooo.......
bare, cramped, and crowded:((
State writing test is next week....I don't like changing things on my kids at the last minute so I changed their desks from groups to yuk!!! LOL! I really hate my classroom like this but can't do anything about it....the walls are bare, see that dark, bare bulletin board in the background???
Super ugh! This is with the chairs stacked and book luggage put away....it's a hot mess when that is all out!!!!
Speaking of state writing test, we have done TONS and I mean TONS of writing! I am not a fan of state writing tests.....these judges only see one "snapshot"......I see where my babies started and where they are now. I have been truly blessed with some amazing writers this year:) One of the neatest things about this group is................are you ready for this?????
They LOVE to write! We have had a blast writing and learning.
Loving to write is way more important than the stress this test causes both my babies and myself!!
(ok, getting off the soap box now.....)
This is them doing a demand write......
We made these neat science foldables this week:) We are studying how plants and animals interact with their environment. On the inside of the foldable half was about plants and how they interact with the environment, the other half was animals. The kiddos had to draw 2 illustrations of each and then explain their pics in captions. (also working on non-fiction text features)
4) Back to writing.........
Since the test is Tuesday, it's polish and hunker down time! I bought these fun neon gel pens and gave every student one. I handed out their most recent expository and told them to:
- put a star by anything wonderful (creativity skill, strong verbs, sensory words, adjectives)
- circle any mistakes (no caps, missing punctuation, spelling errors)
- underline transition statements
What an EYE OPENER this was for them. Once they were done and had these bright colors screaming at them either "good job" or "oops!", it really made a difference. They all tell me over and over again, I did it, I got it....it's all there....then to see it in color. Right away, they knew what they had to do to make their writing stronger:) It was like the proof they needed to see:) I really think this will help with some last minute changes they need to make:)
I'm gonna have to wrap this up with another "little thing in life" that makes me smile....don't know why the short week seemed so long (pre-test stress) but it did, soooooooooo
So icky....I know....putting my toes on my blog! LOL! Sorry, but this chick needed a mani and pedi after work today:))) The hubs bought me a gift certificate for Valentine's so I had to use it:)))
(no making fun of my toes.....)
Ok, I'm outta here! Have a blessed weekend:)))