Friday, July 31, 2015

Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching with another Five for Friday.  It's been a very fun and busy week.

On Monday, my niece, Madison, and I headed off to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We hiked up to a beautiful, but crowded, spot called Laurel Falls. It was an absolutely beautiful day!

On the hike back down from the falls, we were lucky enough to spot a mama bear walking through the woods followed by three cubs! It was an amazing experience. I wish I could have gotten a better shot of the bears, but this is the best I could get using my cell phone.

My niece and I took a break from our Tennessee adventures to paint some more Space People for my writing center. I always have a few kids who forget to leave a space between their words and I've found the Space People are a great motivator and reminder. I made my first set a few years ago, but I was down to about 4 of them in my writing center. Luckily my niece agreed to help me make some more. We just used some old-fashioned clothespins and some craft paint that I picked up at Michaels. We painted on faces, hair and clothes.  They dry quickly, so it didn't take long to make several of them.


On Wednesday, we decided to go roller skating!  Since the last time I was on skates was about 12 years ago, I admit to feeling a little nervous.  I was fine, though and after a bit I was skating just like Olivia Newton-John in Xanadu. (It's a movie from 1980 - roller skating used to be a big deal. Yeah, I just dated myself. LOL)

The book store!  It's the absolute best place in the world, don't you think?  I just picked up a few books. Some for me and some for my classroom. I confess - I'm a bookaholic.

My big TPT project this week was revising my Conference Forms for Reading, Writing, and Math Workshops.  I had been wanting to make them editable for awhile. I know that makes it easier for teachers and I'm all about making things as easy to use as possible. I had to teach myself how to create editable forms using Adobe Pro. There was a lot of trial and error, but several versions later, I finally did it! If you already have these, make sure you redownload. You'll love the new fonts and graphics, too.

Well, that's it for this Friday!  Don't forget to check in for the first week of Math Tip Monday! It starts on August 3rd. If you'd like to link up with us, I included the information in  last week's Five for Friday. And don't forget to check out all the other great bloggers on this linky!

Until next time,


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