Friday, May 23, 2014

Five for Friday-The Countdown is On!

I'm linking up on this beautiful Friday in May for Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

The countdown is definitely on!   Though I would never admit that to my students.  It's amazing to me that the school year is winding down, and even crazier to hear how many of you have only a few days left!  Today I downloaded a free End of School Year Countdown app from itunes.  After today I have 14 days to go!

The long snowy winter and rainy spring finally gave way to some clear days and we actually have a foundation.  It is so exciting to be underway!  

I got to do one of my favorite lessons today in Social Studies where we watch a great music video called Too Late to Apologize-A Declaration.  It's perfect to show after the students have learned about the events leading up to the Revolutionary War.  I'm such a nerd I get goosebumps when I show it to my kids and see how much they love it!  You have to check it out!  (Just a note of warning!  This video link below is from YouTube. When the video is done playing you need to stop it right away, otherwise an inappropriate ad shows up.  Yikes!  You can also watch it using TeacherTube.  I couldn't link the TeacherTube video to my blog.  If anyone knows how I can do that, I'd love to know!)

I made a response worksheet for students to fill out after watching the video.  You can get it for free at my TPT Store!

Another must if you are teaching fifth grade Social Studies is Liberty's Kids.  It is a set of DVD's that used to be shown on PBS.  The series is a set of episodes that are about 23 minutes in length.  I have the boxed set, but I know you can also find them on YouTube. My kids cheer when I say, "Time to watch another episode of Liberty's Kids!".

Make sure you check out all the other Five for Fridays at Doodle Bugs Teaching and have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Made It in May

I feel like I have dropped off the blogging universe these last few weeks...months actually.  Things have been crazy busy at both school and home.  I really don't know how all of you rock star bloggers out there keep at you ever sleep?!

Well, I'm going to try to get back on track with this short but sweet post for Monday Made It with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics.  My first Made It is a little booklet for Mother's Day that I had my kids start working on last week during writing workshop.  They finish different prompts such as...My mom is thoughtful.  She makes me feel better when she... or My mom is funny. The funniest thing she ever did was...

You can find this booklet at my TPT Store.

My second Made It has been in the making for weeks!  I have been working for quite a while on finishing a Common Core student packet for a great new book that I read called Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts.  

It's a wonderful story about a girl who is integrated into an all-white school in the 60's. The book is packed full of great vocabulary and figurative language!  I actually started the book with my kids a week or so ago and had to just give them a partial packet.  I couldn't wait any longer to start it, because I was afraid I would run out of time.  Well, I finally finished my packet and got it in my TPT Store today!  Yay!  Just in time for the big sale!

My last item is a "Can't Wait to Make It"!  Here's a little peek at one of the reasons I have been a little (a lot!) distracted lately.  My husband and I decided to do something crazy and build a house.  We chose the worst winter ever to start this and have been waiting for four months to get started.  Hopefully today is the day!  I'm looking forward to seeing a big hole in this spot so we can finally get things moving!

Make sure you check out all the other Made Its at 4th Grade Frolics!