Monday, April 23, 2018

Spring Pruning

Today we served day six of our eight-day captivity by the ISTEP people. Now we only have two more to go! I think we will all be nice and happy when this is done.

ISTEP doesn't mean we aren't doing any learning in class, though. Today we did a whole lot of work with our anoles. The kids had to mow back the grass growing in them first off--it's amazing how quickly that grew for us.

Whew, I'm tired today for some reason. I hope you all have a great evening; stay dry!

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Happy Birthday, Kenzie!

First off, I am one day late. Second of all, I apologize that I do not have your picture to put up today, because I still haven't figured out how to do the whole download a picture thing onto this new one. It's driving me nuts.

Anyway, onto what makes Kenzie so special. She is always the level-headed one in the class, I have to say. She is Miss Mellow, and that is so welcome in a classroom like 5-1.

She brings that mellowness to the class in very helpful ways. She is easy to pair up with anyone. She is an excellent role model to those who need a good one. Plus, she always has her assignments finished on time, which is going to serve her very well in middle school.

Kenzie is our resident postmaster. She is always in charge of putting mail into students' mailboxes, and I never ever have to ask her to do it! I just leave a pile of papers by the mailboxes, and five minutes later, they are in the boxes miraculously.

That's just a tiny bit of what makes Kenzie an awesome part of 5-1. It definitely wouldn't be the same place without her.

Hope you had a great birthday, Kenzie! You deserve it!

I promise we'll fix the picture situation tomorrow.

(Monday morning edit: Woohoo! Picture's up!)

Friday, April 20, 2018

It Came In Like a Wrecking Ball

Well, the Discovery Channel has Shark Week, but in 5-1, we have "Lizard Week", and this was it.

This week was more than just Lizard Week, though. We had a week that was full of things like ISTEP, cuttlefish, prepositional phrases, biology terms, the milk wars, and lessons in starting a business... This week is always one of the best (because we get to work on fun projects) and the worst (because we get so far off of our norm). I'm happy to report that this one was more good than bad.

Next week, we will have to finish up our work with the anoles, but at least we will finish up ISTEP as well.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Look, Up In the Sky!

I have to admit that I didn't realize it was Superman's 80th birthday yesterday until I saw someone tweet it. For someone with so many pictures of the big guy in his classroom, I would be more on top of things like that.

He looks pretty good for 80, I'd say.

Happy birthday to the Man of Tomorrow, the Last Son of Krypton, the Man of Steel. 

Camouflaged Critters

Once again, sorry I didn't post last night, but I did want everyone out there to know (in case you didn't hear!) that our lizards came in yesterday. It was quite an exciting day in Area 51.

We look forward to spending more time with these reptilian rascals, their cricket food friends, and our underground pals below the soil. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Sound of Crickets

Well, testing day, ISTEP round two part two is past. We had quite a few kids not finish today, and that seems to be the overall report from my colleagues, so if your child didn't quite finish it, they're not alone.

We also introduced earthworms and crickets into our terrariums today. We have been making observations, and are looking forward to the anoles coming within the next couple days.

Lastly, we took a look at some arguments for and against chocolate milk in schools. This is going to dovetail into our persuasive essays.

I thought we had a great day today--if only the kids can keep quiet for ISTEP tomorrow!

Hope you all have a great evening, and I'll see you all tomorrow.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Regardless of What Folks Say

Sorry I didn't get anything blogged yesterday. I just bought a new computer and I was trying to get everything set up and broken in. This was my class on Friday as we enjoyed our extra recess for Wellness Week. I had fun just listening to them interact--it's a lot more fun when it's just your class out there, for me at least.

As you know, this is ISTEP week--again. Actually, we are just at the beginning of our first week of ISTEP weeks. I don't try to pretend it's fun, but at least my kids all know to give it their best. It's one of those things that ISTEP makers, administrators, ISTEP police, state legislators, school counselors, and the school board all love. Teachers and students? Not so much. We endure and we do our best with awesome attitudes, and I'm more than happy to report that this is the way 5-1 does it.

Parents, don't forget that it's cold outside! I know it's unseasonable, but that's okay. We will still go outside for recess if the temperature is above 20 degrees. I've told the kid that I love the way nature doesn't pay attention to people's complaints and does what it's going to do regardless. A few of the kids think it's the end of the world, but here we are, still holding up.

Have a great week, everyone!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Pointer Fool

Man, we got all the way through the ISTEP practice test today. It was a whole lot of out-loud and redundant reading for this very tired dyslexic brain. It's all good, though, because at least the kids now have a good understanding of how to use the tools (it was all review) in order to take the ISTEP test properly.

In Math, we talked "rates of change", as in the change between the weight of a dog at birth and its weight at three years.

I'll let you know later if we were able to dissect owl pellets today or not. 

Blue Skies; Blue Days

Tomorrow fifth grade is going to wear BLUE for our spirit week/Wellness Week.

We will also have a spelling test and a math quiz (Mathcabulary books will be allowed).