Five for Friday-In the Big Apple

We took advantage of this long holiday weekend and made the long trip to New Jersey to visit Bonny.  She is busy this morning working on a midterm, so I thought I'd take a few minutes and link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

We took the subway from Hoboken, New Jersey into New York.  It was my first subway ride ever!  It was a little freaky knowing we were going under the river, and when we got going really fast, I did have some images of Willy Wonka's crazy boat ride in the tunnel running through my head!

When we came up the subway steps and into New York City, I can honestly say I have never seen so many people in my life!  Except maybe at the Magic Kingdom on Easter.  It is crazy how many people are out walking the streets of New York City!  We headed to Times Square, dodging all the "Elmos" and people who want us to take a bus tour of the city.  

Then we headed to see where my favorite celebrity spends much of his time...unfortunately, he is out of town this week.

The biggest thing on my checklist at school before heading to Jersey was finishing our informational books so they could be sent to StudenTreasures to be published.  Teaching my students to use Publisher is one of my favorite things to do.  They soak up the information like a sponge, and before I know it, they are showing me how to do things even though I've been using the program for years!

I'm joining a whole bunch of other great TPT'ers for an Easter Sunday Sale!  My whole store will be 20% off!  Fill up your Easter basket with some goodies to get you through the end of the year!  Come check it out here.  

Be sure to hop on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for all the other Easter weekend Five for Fridays!

Show & Tell Tuesday-Spring is Coming!

It's time once again for Show & Tell Tuesday!

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Thank goodness spring is almost here!  We had four surprise snow days in the last couple weeks, and I thoroughly enjoyed them.  

It's so nice getting some extra time at home to get things done.  This was the view from my office...

But now I'm ready for spring, and I don't want any more snow days.  To be honest, we have used up all of our weather days that we can have and not have to make them up in June.  I love it when Mother Nature cooperates and gives us just the right amount of snow days, don't you? How many snow days can you have in your state before you have to add them on at the end of the year?

Those snow days did give me the opportunity to start a new exercise routine.  I walk at least three days a week, but I decided I needed to add some strength training.  I do not like going to a gym though, and I didn't want to have to buy a bunch of equipment.  I found a great free app that I downloaded on my ipad called Sworkit.

You choose what kind of work out you want to do and for how long.  I have been doing fifteen minutes of strength training before my 45 minute walks.  What I like about it is I can do the exercises in the living room in front of the tv.  Though I wouldn't recommend watching Cupcake Wars like I did the other day...that was torture!  Sometimes I have to get the dogs to scoot over and give me more room too!

If you are getting ready to go on spring break in the near future, I know the perfect book to bring along with you!  It was recommended to me by a friend, and it was one of those books that hooked me right away.  I couldn't put it down!

I am getting ready to go on spring break soon, so I took a trip to the library and loaded up on some books by some of my favorite authors and a few that just caught my eye.

If you have finished a "must read" lately, I'd love to hear about it!  Nothing scary, depressing, or gory...I need stress-free reading material.

Do you need a way to keep track of your students' late assignments at school?  I thought I would share with you how I manage to stay on top of this daily chore.  The first thing my students do when they come in the classroom in the morning, is come up and turn in their work.  They also bring up their planner to show me whether or not they had a parent sign the previous day's page.  If they are missing an assignment, I turn to the next page in their planner (which we will be using for today's work) and write down the late assignment.  That way, when the parent looks at the page tonight, he/she will see that an assignment was not turned in on time.

Then I write the late assignment on a little sticky note with the student's name and put it on the late work board.  

This board is on my desk and is a good reminder for both the students and myself.  If a student is done with other work, I encourage them to check the late work board to see if there is anything else they need to get caught up on.  I also check it each day right before recess.  Students do not go out to recess if they have any late work.  Once a student turns their work in to me, I remove the sticky note.

After putting the sticky note on the late work board, I make a check mark on a class list if they had their planner signed.  If the student has their planner signed and they have all their work ready to turn in on time, I stamp their planner page so parents can see that they are on top of their game!  

It may sound like a lot of steps, but once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty fast.  After I have checked everyone in, I take a minute to highlight on my clipboard all the students who had late work. I also write a number for how many late assignments that makes for them.  I do this because in my school, students get a discipline slip if they have five late assignments in a marking period. Numbering them like this makes it easy for me to give kids a heads up if they are getting close to that five mark.  

Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It’s always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies! 

March Pick 3 Linky

It's time once again to link up with Pick 3:  This Month's Top Pinterest Picks!

My first pin is such a great idea!  It's about a March Madness Reading Competition.

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Each classroom is randomly matched with the name of an NCAA basketball team.  Students earn points for their team based on the number of minutes they read at home during March Madness.  You can earn extra points for your team by decorating your door, having 90% of your class participate, and by making it to the Sweet 16, Elite 8, and Final 4.  The winning team gets an extra gym class.  

My next pin is from Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations, and not surprisingly, Mel has some of the best Dr. Seuss inspired activities!  You have to check it out!

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My last pin is from A Cupcake for the Teacher, and it's the perfect gift idea for your kids on St. Patrick's Day!

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The blog post even contains the adorable tag as a freebie!  Make sure you check out all the other great pins for March at Pick 3!