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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Five for Fraturday, Student Motivation, HUGE Giveaway Shout-Out!!

 I survived my first week back (barely!).  My voice is so hoarse and I am writing this post Friday night after drinking a full cup of coffee in order to attempt to stay awake:)  Did I mention the ibuprofen I took to alleviate some of the pain in my legs and feet from standing on a concrete floor ALL DAY long?  It has been five years since I taught 6th grade and now that we are departmentalizing in 4th, I forgot how many times I really do have to keep repeating rules, expectations, classroom procedures, etc.  when you are departmentalized.   Boy, do I sound like a whiner or what?!?  Haha!  I know you can relate though! :)
Update:  I didn't finish the post Friday night.  So, now it is Five for Fraturday!   
I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share some random highlights of my week. :)

 We enjoyed our last day off of the summer at a local amusement park for little kids.  I think this picture is so funny because my daughter is a little dare devil and my son is very cautious.
This picture matches their personalities perfectly!

We had our Open House on Wednesday night.  This was the night before the first day with students.  I really like this date because I am able to meet the students before the first day, they can see the classroom and it helps a little with their anxiety, and parents don't try to ask "how their child is doing" at open house!
Open house is also "done" and checked off for the year.
 These are two little gifts I found links to online and printed out for the 4th grade students.    The apple saying with graphic was a freebie from the super talented Run Miss Nelson's Got the Camera!  It says "An apple for the teacher is really nothing new except when you remember that parents are teachers too!"  The glowing about 4th grade slip is a freebie from the fabulous Courtney at Polka Dot Lesson Plans!
Thursday was the first day of school for us.  Lilly is in 1st grade and Charlie will do a little "preK" at his daycare three times a week.  I am in 4th grade...again!! lol
I was shocked on the first day of school that so many of my 4th graders brought back these "100 Things to do over the Summer Instead of TV/Video Games" papers from their end of the year bucket gifts!!  If they completed 25 items, they were told to bring them back at the beginning of the year for a treat.  I received these 8 on Thursday and then 3 more on Friday!  I let them choose a prize from my dollar bin (locker mirrors, cell phone bling, flarp, light up bounce balls, etc.).

Since this proved to be great motivation for my students to try some new things over the summer, I am linking this up with my BBB, Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her Sparking Student Motivation Saturdays.  Bookmark this idea for your end of the year student gifts!  Also, be sure to check out all the other ideas linked up for sparking student motivation!

I read "First Day Jitters" to all three ELA classes on Thursday and used some pages from the amazing First Day Jitters packet by my friends at Collaboration Cuties!!  It is jammed packed with tons of activities to accompany this famous first day read aloud.  This is a must have for your file (add it to your wish list for next year since most of us are finally over our first day:).  It is a great first day book to start conversations and have the class open up.

Have you entered the AMAZING Favorite Things Giveaway by Ideas by Jivey?!?  
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There are Five (yes FIVE!) rafflecopters and this is a sampling of the prizes up for grabs:

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Pink Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies

Have a great weekend everyone!  I will be resting up after the exhausting first week back! :)


  1. Love that kiddos brought back their lists - that is a great idea! Glad you survived your first week back. Enjoy your weekend!!

  2. Looks like you had a fun last day of summer with your kiddos! :) Your son does look a little terrified of that ride! :) I am so impressed that so many of your students brought that list back in at the beginning of the year! They much have been super motivated in order to remember (and want to) do those things all summer long! That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    Hope your first day went well!

    Learning to the Core

  3. It looks like you had a busy week. I love that list of things to do instead of TV or video games. We have our Open House before school starts too. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be hard to get our parents to come in.

    Ms Richards's Musings

  4. I love that so many of your kids brought that paper back, what a great way to start the year! I'm sure their classmates were wishing they did theirs when they saw their friends getting prizes!

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  5. I love that 100 things list and I will definitely have to bookmark it and maybe you'll do another post at the end of the school year to remind us of this great idea! :O) It's impressive to the teacher when a student brings that back-great first impression! Maybe we could make one for winter break with 20 things??!! Your son looks terrified while your daughter is having the time of her life! haha So cute!
    Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  6. Thanks so much for your friendship, and kind words! :) xoxo Looks like a GREAT week!! :)
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  7. Love the little gifts your gave them. I don't give them anything. My time, my effort, my blood sweat and tears! haha

    Ms. Chae Charges In

  8. You are an awesome person, not just teacher, person! I bet your class is so very sad to leave you, even if you give out aWesoMe gifts! I have to remember this for the end of the year.

  9. I felt exactly like you did last week! I forgot how exhausting it is to be on your feet for eight hours a day.

    The picture of your kids at the amusement park is awesome! I could definitely relate to your son.

    Have a great week, Holly!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  10. I love that picture from the amusement park! Hope all enjoyed their first days back at school. That'd so neat that you had so many return the sheet!

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  11. I am singin'...FRATURDAY...FRATURDAY in my head. Lol...it's stuck in there. I'm weird. I LOVE the idea of having Open House the night BEFORE. GENIUS...can you write my district and tell them the benefits...please?
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'