I’m linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! As usual, I am a day late. I’m always SO tired on Fridays that I can rarely bring myself to blog. Here are some fun pictures from our Valentine’s week. 🙂
We had our Valentine’s party and day on Thursday. Friday was a professional development day. We spent math class practicing our data and graphing skills with the age-old candy heart lesson! 🙂 These printables were free from Sarah Shelton on TpT.
After math, I did something sneaky! I picked up my phone, pretending like it had been ringing (They didn’t notice that it hadn’t rung haha!). When I hung up, I looked at them very sadly. I told the kids that our Valentine’s Day party had been cancelled because of all of our snow days. I explained that we just had too much work to make up…..
unless they could convince me otherwise by writing an amazing opinion essay!
🙂 It was THE best way to get my kids furiously writing on a party day! They went right to work and produced some awesome opinion essays in no time! After lunch, I had the kids read their essays to the class. After each student read, the kids would cheer for each other. I would as if I was slowly being convinced that they should have a party. 🙂 Of course, they convinced me! 😉
The templates from this writing essay come from Jamie Rector. You can find her February writing pack HERE.
One of my room moms made these ADORABLE minion treats for the kids during the party. Isn’t is so cute?!
Another one of my little sweeties wrote this amazing Genius Essay during Daily 5 this week. I saw him at his desk writing for the whole guided reading round, but I had no idea he was producing something THIS incredible!!! He had politely asked if he could use some tape from my desk and I had nodded to him while I was teaching group. He definitely surprised me when he showed me his work when the bell went off. It is now hanging out in our hallway.
His thesis sentence? “This text will teach you how alligators live, what alligators eat, and what they do.” He proceeded to write a five sentence paragraph about each of the three topics in his thesis statement….all.by.himself. W-O-W!
Ready for the kicker of my week?! A half hour after our Valentine’s Day party came a 6 hour night of parent teacher conferences! Can I say that I was exhausted on Friday morning?! However, I do really love meeting with my kiddos’ parents and sharing their progress with them. It is so nice to be able to sit down one on one and talk together as a team about their strengths and needs as little learners. 🙂
(I’ve gotta say…my room looked pretty spotless after our party! The sentence: “No one leaves this room until they pick up 6 things off the floor!” at the end of the day really works to clean up a classroom after a party! 🙂
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