April 25, 2014

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

This week has been totally, 100% cra cra.  We had Earth Day stuff on Monday.  A sick kid on Tuesday.  Park Project completion stuff on Wednesday.  Park Project completion day on Thursday.  Career Day on Friday.  And all of this topped off with chickens.  Here's all you need to know about why I deserve a mani/pedi tomorrow.

On Monday, we finished up our Earth Day PSA mini-project.  Our guiding question was, "How can we, as kids who love the Earth, teach other kids how to take care of it?"  

Last week, we did our Earth Day unit. We did Earth Day stations (available in my TPT store).  All of our lessons for the week focused on ways we can be good citizens of the Earth.  We made anchor charts, watched videos on Brain Pop Jr. and Learn360, and read both digital and hard-copy books.  

These sweet little babies came up with this project on their own.  Look how cute they are.  :)

Our Park Project completion (that was supposed to be two weeks ago) was scheduled for Thursday.  Well, wouldn't you know it, but my sweet boy woke up sick Tuesday morning. :(  Knowing how CRAZY nuts this week was going to be, I had to go in half a day anyway.  It was all good though.  

Thursday afternoon, we packed up our project materials, got on a bus, and headed into town to complete our project.  The kids have worked so very hard on this.  I can honestly say I am more than proud to be their teacher!

These kiddos are making a huge impact, and they aren't even seven yet.  :)

This happened in my classroom this week.

Let me give you some backstory...  Last year was the first year we did the whole chicken life cycle thing.  My chicks did not hatch after days of caring for the eggs.  What better thing to have a Chicken 911 call to a parent to go to Orschelin to get some baby chicks?!?!  The kids never knew the chicks didn't actually hatch.  All was right with the world.

Fast forward to this year.  The same thing happened.  Again.  This time, however, the chickens made it out of the shell, but died not long after being hatched.  One of our recess aides knows a whole lot about chickens, and after playing with my incubator, we came to the conclusion that my incubator is a total dud.  I will be getting a new one next year.  The kids never knew that the chicks that we had all week were not the chicks that hatched out of the eggs, and I'm buying stock in Orschelin.

However, I came into my classroom on Thursday to a crazy scratching sound coming from the incubator.  I had kept it on, just in case the eggs in the incubator were viable.  Low and behold, Wilbur had made it out of his shell.

After nursing him back to health, including giving him a bath in Dawn dish soap, a diet of sugar water, and lots of TLC, it looked as if Wilbur was going to make it.  All was right with the world, and I was getting a pet chicken.  We did a writing prompt about Wilbur.  We made a Popplet about Wilbur.  We KidBlogged about him.  He was everyone's class pet.

Around 9 this morning, Wilbur went to chicken heaven to be with his brothers and sisters.  I was so upset, but I couldn't let the kids see my sadness.  Our wonderful recess aide ran to her house, where she had a chick that was nearly the same size as sweet Wilbur, and replaced him with our dearly departed.  The kids never knew the difference.

I give up on chickens.

That brings us to Friday.  Today was Career Day for our school.  Our class had nine visitors throughout the day, including a prosecutor, a cop, a Walt Disney cast member, a doctor, a carpenter, a representative from Louisville Slugger, two firefighters, a stockbroker, and one of our school's tech guys.  The kids LOVED it!  

Every girl wants to be a cop now. :)

The kids loved FaceTiming with a Disney cast member.

Why, yes, that's Joey Votto's bat.

Our county's Chief Deputy Prosecutor.  Funny story... One of my kids asked if he had ever farted in the courtroom.  We had a little talk after it was over, but I can't say I didn't suck in my cheeks and crack up on the inside.  

Going back to the beginning of the week, we had a great Easter.  My kids had so much fun taking part in the fun traditions of Easter, but we also took time to remember and give thanks for the resurrection.  

My silly kids struck a pose before heading to church Sunday morning.  This might be my favorite picture of all time.

My kiddos look like they are ready for the Kentucky Derby!  Speaking of Derby, I have a great deal right now on my Kentucky Derby Math and Literacy Stations pack.  Head over to my TPT to get your copy before the first Saturday in May!


  1. Your luck with chickens sounds like my luck with butterflies! They usually make it out of the chrysalis, and it is all downhill from there (deformed wings, can't fly, etc). Glad you had some "backup" chicks! I love career day!

  2. Love this post! If it makes you feel better, I can't even keep plants alive. And the question for the prosecutor is hilarious! I had to hide my face behind my camera during our career day, too, when one of my boys told the visiting vet tech about his dog's injuries…including one to his "pee pee." Never a dull moment! :)

    First Grade STARS

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  4. Just wanted to let you know that you should be getting your SLANT box soon. I'm sending a few other goodies for you this week too! Hope you have a fabulous week! Love ya! Oh, and I absolutely adore little Wilbur! TOO CUTE!

    A Teaspoon of Teaching