Five Things About This Busy Week!

Subtitle: Five for Friday!

Hey y'all......exhausted here. School started for us this week and suddenly I realized I had a blog I was neglecting....jeez!
So, let me tell you about my week and what I learned- in five easy steps!

We tried a little thinking activity called "Think Fast"! Here's what you do:
Give your kids an alphabet letter and a topic. Then give them 2 minutes to list as many words and phrases as they can that begin with the letter and pertain to the topic. I have 15 lab classes so I am varying the letter each class gets. The topic Science! The letters? S-C-I-E-N-C-E!
The first class got the letter S and answered with things like, scientist, scientific method, supplies, snakes, solutions, and Star Trek. The second class got the letter C and answered: control, conclusion, collaborate, computer, and so on.
I am writing all the answers on 7 large pieces of chart paper- eventually the charts will spell out the word SCIENCE with all the little words! How cool is that!

What was most amazing about this activity is the way the kids used poster sets and our word wall to find answers! You can do this with any topic and any alphabet letter. It's also a great way to pre-assess!

Final pictures of lab decor!
Not quite a room reveal... but close!!

From top to bottom that is the entry to the lab, the Focus board (blocked by pet cages!), Engineer posters, and more posters, and one set of cabinets with Safety Rules posters!
Awesomeness! There is a so much more, but still a little messy, so I will take more pictures in a few days!

Who was your inspirational speaker for your Back to School Assembly?
 Ours was:
Amazing story, fantastic speaker. There were so many times, in our very large assembly of every teacher and staff member in the school system, that you could hear no sounds. Not even Shadrack. Just one collective body being still and quiet, waiting on him to compose himself and continue speaking. It was quite profound. (He escaped being killed in Ghana, as a baby, and then had to survive bullying and discrimination in American schools, failed two grades, and then met a hero teacher.)
Here'a a link to a short YouTube video. It does not tell his story, but will definitely give you some ideas of his character.

Our second day of official school for teachers was August 5th.
That just happens to be a very important date for me.
That's the day my precious oldest child was born.
The red sign in the photo is his birthday sign. I made that right before his first birthday and hang it on the front porch every year on his day! The number at the bottom shows his age-we just change the numbers yearly. Every year we all stand with him by his sign and take photos. This picture was taken after it was dark outside so it is rather fuzzy. That's Nick, me, and Roo!  (Yes, he was 29!)

You didn't think I would let a week go by without some informational text, did you??

It is well known that cats like to get inside things. Why? They are testing the spot for a place to hide in order to leap out and attack anything that walks by.
This curious cat has been inside everything in my house. That's Wookee!

That's also Wookee. Not only does he get inside things , he gets on top of things. He is sitting on top of the chimney on top of my two story house.
I have no words of wisdom about this behavior.
Some things about cats are unexplainable....

Have a great weekend!


  1. I found you through "Five for Friday", and enjoyed your post. I love the list of C Science words!
    Your cat is adorable!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  2. I can't believe you're back at school - your classroom is looking great. Kittens are gorgeous as usual. I also love that you gave an inspirational speaker for the first day back - that is a great idea! We don't do anything like that and the head teacher usually just does a quick hello. I think we need to do it your way instead!
    Growing Little Learners

  3. I wanted to post this here in case you didn't see it on my page. You can still use a clip chart if you assign a number to each student in each class. Keep a recording sheet with the students and their numbers! That way, you are only making one set of clothespins!

    I'm your newest follower......101st! Congrats!

    1. Thanks so much for the suggestion! The one thing about a clip chart for a one hour class is figuring out how to deal with consequences after the classes leave me! The system I am working on right now will be class rewards and individual rewards for excellent behavior. More about it soon! Thanks for the follow!

  4. Love your classroom photos! So clean looking and organized!

    Firstie Favorites

  5. Carol I just love your posts!!! First of all your room looks great! I love the alphabet activity that you used with your kids. I'm excited to lock that away for later!! Thanks for sharing that. I also really love that you shared your speaker with us for back to school. I too have had a couple great ones over the years where you are so motivated and could hear a pin drop in a room full of hundreds of educators! Cheers to a great start to the year!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  6. I wish my room was so far along and beautiful! I will hang on to the name of your speaker.. he sounds pretty amazing. And I love the names of your kitties... Wookee and Roo! Great! Also happy birthday to the birthday boy... next year is a biggie! Kathleen

  7. I am finally catching up on blogs! The lab looks great! Your cats are silly! I like the word wall, that's what I had intended to do originally. It looks awesome :)

  8. Love the alphabet letter activity! Boy, Wookee is quite the daredevil. Love that you have the same sign for your son's birthday every year, too cool! Just a side note, you look way to young to have a son that turned 29...just saying.

    Luv My Kinders


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