Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Little Bit of This and That!

It seems like Christmas Break was so long ago. We don't have Spring Break until the second week of April.  Still over a month.

Then it's test time.  I'm scared. Really Scared. It is making me feel awfully uninspired.

In fact, I just wrote a whole venting paragraph about testing/curriculum/stress and I deleted it.  It was depressing. I didn't want that on here for the world to see.  It did make me feel better typing it out.

So no Debbie Downer here, next week is a new week.

In other news

Thanks to all of you guys who bought items from me on the massive Leap Day Sale! It means so much to me.  I'm a 4th year teacher still stuck on a 1st year salary in the lowest paid state in the country.  It's a good thing I love my job!  So needless to stay, any extra money really helps!  :)

Here are some of the things we were up to this week that I haven't posted about already.

Our skill for last week and the coming week is Making Inferences.
Do you use Into The Book?  My kids love it!  It's a pretty fabulous site with lots of reading strategy games.  

The kids have loved making inferences about the Pictures I found on this awesome PinBoard. It's a board filled will a ton of pictures with an inferring question to go with it. 

My principal observed my Reading Workshop Lesson about Making Inferences about Characters.  I introduced the lesson with these pictures and she loved it. This was my last principal observation this year!  It's also my last formal principal observation until I'm up for renewal again! She'll still drop in and such, but nothing formal put in the computer. Whew! 

We finished up the last of our measurement unit too!  We reviewed temperature, they had a decent grasp on it already.  They had fun feeling "freezing" ice water, room temp water and "hot" water.  Let me tell you, you would have thought it was the hottest and coldest thing they had ever touched. They are too funny!

We also played the games from my "Measuring With Furry Friends" Pack. They loved the games! (It's at my TN and TPT Store for $3.50!)

We did do some Seussy fun.  Not as much as I would have liked, but time just got away from me this week.  So much to do. So little time!

I had to do Mor's Seuss Foldables!  I was going to use an unfamilar book, but since the focus was on summarizing, I decided to choose one they knew well.  Plus, it didn't hurt that we were able to let the Biebs visit our classroom. (I totally hammed it up and told them that we were having a special visitor for Read Across America.  They came to the carpet and closed their eyes and then there was Justin on the Smartboard.  The girls swooned. The boys said ewww....We watched Tim Tebow later in the day though, so I redeemed myself with my boys)

I bought Mandy's AWESOME Dr. Seuss Research Project. The kiddos had so much fun learning about Dr. Seuss.  I loved that it reviewed the nonfiction features we really needed to review from earlier in the year. The kids researched with the great links she included in the project.  I linked them from our classroom blog. So the kids researched  and then posted a comment about what they had learned.  Then we got to work on the brochure. The students wrote the "bio" part on their own. Then we did the rest together.  

This one with not turn the right way!

Sorry for such a long post, but one more thing.  Four lovely ladies gave me a blog award.  Three of them told me while I was writing this post.  So that has definitely helped with my whole feeling of being uninspired & boring. So I will be back to thank them and follow the award rules later tonight!


  1. Amber, you have been busy this week. I love the making inferences ideas! I'm pinning them for later :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  2. I'm a 4th year stuck on a first year salary too! Where are you? I'm in NC. It's rough and it does come down to loving your job.

    Randi @ Teach It With Class
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  3. Love your brochure!
    I gave you an award for your cute blog! Come by and check it out!
    Buzzing with Ms. B


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