Five for Friday!

Yay for Friday!  I have really slacked off on blogging this week and have a lot of catching up to do.  I have just been so exhausted!  Here's what has been going on:

1.  Swimming Lessons

So this is one reason why I've been tired!  I'm not sure if it's standing out in the sun or because it takes up so much time during the day, so it's stressful trying to fit everything in.  On the plus side, we didn't have any kids running away from the pool crying this year and no one had to be thrown in by the instructor.  They're all actually doing really well.

2.  Research Papers

Our research papers are finally finished!  Well, except for three kids I need to get after next week...  If you'd like an editable template, see this blog post.

3.  Research Posters

Now we get to do the most fun part!  (Yes, I know there is no information on these posters.)  We set up our posters today.  We put the titles, headings, and photographs on so that next week all we have to do is write some facts and captions.  I created headings each on a different shape and colored paper to help with their organization.  Whenever we ask our kids to make posters, they are sort of messy...they write all tiny in the corner or all over the place, etc. This helps the posters look better and gives the kids a bit more structure.  If you'd like the headings you can access the document here.  The font is from Jen Jones at Hello Literacy.

4.  No Soda...

And here's the other reason I might be so tired.  I have gone two WEEKS without drinking soda (and I haven't gone a day since I was probably ten).  I only had headaches for about a week, but I still REALLY want to drink soda and also crave all kinds of candy and other sugary stuff.  

5.  And for a laugh - One of my students came up to me at recess and said, "I saw a picture of you in Greece.  Was it cold there when you went?"  I answered him and then asked where he saw a picture of me in Greece.  He simply replied, "Oh I just googled your name and I found your blog."  I said oh...he seemed to think it was completely normal, both for him to google his teacher and for me to have a times have changed - even eight year olds already know the purpose of Google!


  1. Oh gosh!! #5 is a scary thought!!! Happy Friday!
    ideas by jivey

  2. Good for you for giving up the soda! It is the hardest at the beginning. That is hilarious that your student found your blog!

    Eclectic Educating

  3. Your research reports look great. We will have to head to your post that has the template. Have a nice weekend.
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  4. My kiddos are working on your research report -- with a sub -- hopefully they will turn out great. Odd that your student googled you.

  5. Hi Jessica!!

    I love the research poster idea. We are about to start our research project soon, I'd love to incorporate those!! We followed you for more ideas! Thanks!!



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