Well, I'm a day late, but I still wanted to share my FIVE for the week! We are down to 3 days left, and life at school is b-u-s-y! Lots of fun, a little bit of fighting (some of my sweeties just need a break from each other!!), and some great learning is still happening.
Here's what went on this week!
1. The end of the year means loads of assessments! The kiddos got comfy to complete their final writing assessments of the year. So proud of my talented writers!!
2. WORMS!! I LOVE teaching worms at the end of the school year. The kids are CRAZY about the squirmy worms. So much fun. I took an idea from my bloggy friend, Nicole, and had them feel cooked spaghetti noodles without looking and then guess what they were feeling. Lots of great predictions and a really fun way to introduce our worm study!
Eeeeee! The worms! We all LOVE them!!! After lots of discussion about how to care for our worms respectfully, we enjoyed an abundance of time with them this week.
3. The balloon-popping has been an absolute riot. My students come in EVERY day soooooo excited to see what the activity or special treat for that day will be! And then to hear their little conversations like "Pick your own seat day has been soooo fun! Better than bubble gum day even!!" and "Every day gets more and more fun!!". Makes my teacher heart feel all warm and fuzzy! A couple of the fun things we did this week were:
Smelly Marker Hand Shapes
I have a "Star of the Day" program in my classroom. Every day, the STAR gets to choose a Mr. Sketch scented marker and I draw a star on their hand. The kids loooove this, so on this particular day everyone got to choose a color and special shape for their hand.
Sidewalk Chalk Party
We enjoyed this special activity with our 4th grade reading buddies during our last time together. The sidewalk in front of our school looked so bright and colorful when we were done!
4. We took one final field trip for the year to the Outdoor Discovery Center near our school. Outdoors + animals + a smart guide that shared LOTS of fun facts = an awesome way to spend one of our final afternoons together!
5. The town I grew up in hosts a 5k race each Spring to benefit the American Cancer Society. I decided not to run it this year, but my son wanted to sign up for the 1-mile fun run. A few minutes before race time, he was so excited to see his teacher show up to cheer him on! What an awesome teacher he's been blessed with this year.
He ended up coming in 2nd place for his age group. Way to go, Trey! You persevered and met your goal! We're so proud of you!!
One more weekend of report cards and schoolwork... I think I can, I think I can!