Five For Friday

10 May 2013
Ahhhh Friday ... I LOVE you, Friday!  Was it just me, or was this week incredibly long?  I have a feeling they're all going to be like that until the end of the year.

Join me as I link up with Doodlebugs Teaching for this week's Five for Friday ...

I have some exciting news to start with.  I finally started a facebook page this week - YAY!  It's been a long time coming, and I wasn't sure I'd have the time to keep one up, but I'm loving it so far.  I'd LOVE for you to join me there.  Click on the "like button" below and come on over and see my page.

Even though it's not so the weather isn't so spring-like today (or this weekend, for that matter), my spring flowers keep blooming.  These hyacinths smell absolutely delicious!  So pretty, too!

We're working with 3D shapes right now in math.  I have a few kids in my class this year who are obsessed with Angry Birds, so I thought it was the perfect time to combine the two.  We cut out the nets for these shapes (see link HERE).  I had them trace the nets onto construction paper, then cut them out and assemble them.  (If by some miracle, you are unlimited with your number of colour photocopies, you could skip the step where you trace them out on construction paper).  We've been assembling our 3D solids this week, and next week we will begin to solve the volume and surface area of the shapes.  I'm also going to integrate it with our structures unit in science, and have them build a weight-bearing structure to use with their angry birds.  Can't wait - I'll keep you posted on the progress of our project.

We've been working with The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups in language class this week (these books are so FUN!).  We've read both books and used our Monitoring Comprehension Reading Strategy Poster during our read alouds.  We're also writing our own individual copies of grown-up rules.  The kids are having a lot of fun with this project - we're going to publish our stories into a real book when we're done.  I can't wait to share our progress with you.  We've just finished our rough drafts as of today.

Last, but certainly not least, we made these adorable cards for Mother's Day today.  I found the idea on Pinterest, and tracked down a template for the card HERE.  We had to add a little glitter to our cards (because everything is better with glitter), and we added a little poem to the bottom.  They turned out so nice - the students are so excited to share them with their mothers.  ♥

Happy Friday!!!  And a very Happy Mother's Day weekend to all you mothers and grandmothers out there.


  1. Looks like a nice week you have had :) The angry birds look AWESOME!

    Teaching in Room 6

    (and now that you are on FB, I get to actually see your stuff before it is 3 days too late ;)! haa haa)

  2. I looooove the Angry Birds 3D figures! Great idea! My kids would love to make those :)

  3. I love the Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups. We do a writing with it each year and the kids have a ball. Fun, Fun!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. Those angry birds look great! And I liked you on Facebook! :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  5. LOVE those Angry Birds! We just finished our Surface Area unit.
    Our Art teacher has our smarties make a card similar to the one you posted about. The kids love making them, and the moms think they are so sophisticated!
    Enjoy the weekend!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  6. My own children are obsessed with Angry Birds... Looks lie a fun weekend project for us!
    Great cards for the moms!

    Hodges Herald

  7. What beautiful cards your kids made!!! So pretty! So glad that you are now on Facebook now, too :)
    Oh- and the Angry Birds?? Hello- awesome!!
    Fun in Room 4B

  8. The angry birds idea is genius! Look up mini weapons of mass destruction and then students would be able to catapult their birds too! I used this for a summer camp before using yarn pom pom angry birds to knock over cups.

    Mrs. Harris
    Mrs. Harris Teaches Science!

  9. I have wanted to make that card with my class ever since I saw it, but I have never figured out how to deal with the cutting as it is so precise and really lends itself to a blade. I would love to hear how you guys made it happen :)

    1. We used the tip of a compass to get started with the cutting. Some used the compass for all the cutting, and some switched to scissors after they got each line started. You can see from the pic that some of the cards aren't perfect ... But I'm sure their moms will think they are. :)

  10. My kiddos LOVE Angry Birds, I need to review 3-D shapes before the end of the year, and they have also asked me to teach them how to build towers/fold and manipulate paper (like origami) during our exploration time. I can't wait to try this next week!! Thanks for the link :) I'm your newest follower.

  11. I love your creativity!! Your students are so lucky to have you as a teacher!
    Math Central

  12. I LOVE hyacinths!!! The Angry Birds 3-D shapes is too cute! I just had to pin this. Thank you so much for sharing all of your great ideas! Happy Mother's Day!!


  13. The Angry Birds 3D shapes are a brilliant idea! Must remember that one.