Friday, June 21, 2013

Five for Friday

I am linking up again with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. I was worried there wasn't going to be any linky over the summer and I am so glad Doodle Bugs is keeping this going. Yay!

1. Some Beach.....Somewhere
I am still going through beach withdrawals. I shouldn't complain because I did get a week at the beach but I still want more.
What are your summer plans this summer?
2. Fly Swatters
I found these great retractable flyswatters at the Dollar Store and all I could think about was Swat a Letter, Swat a Word, Swat a Color. I love that you can change the size of the retractor so that students can use them at their tables without hitting one another. (Not saying that won't happen anyway; one can dream though.)

3. Eric Carle
I have all of my supplies ready and once this wind dies down, I am going to get started painting my animals/characters for my Eric Carle inspired kindergarten room.
I have made lots of Eric Carle inspired art projects over the years. We always start by making "pretty paper" as Eric Carle puts it. He uses tissue paper but I have found that regular white copy paper works really well and is more durable. I am going to try and make giant animals using white butcher paper. My other supplies consist of lots of Eric Carle books, tempera paint in lots of colors, and foam brushes. Here is a link to a  slide show on how Eric Carle creates his art.

4. New Books
I have been going crazy on eBay and at the thrift store buying books. I amazed at the great deals that are out there. Also, I find that if I get books at great deals, I don't tear up as much when covers get bent and pages get ripped. Here is a couple of my most recent finds.
I bought this lot of Eric Carle books off of eBay for $18.00 including shipping.
I love going to the thrift store. The one here will put kid's books in bags and sell of the whole bag for cheap. This lot cost me $4.95. I couldn't believe. That's a great deal for the Seuss. I have to contain myself and not go too crazy but boy is it hard!

5. Sight Words
I have posted another sight word unit on Teachers Pay Teachers. I have really loved using all of these sight words pages in my classroom and they go so well with Word Work for the Daily 5.
 I also noticed that my students are better at writing complete sentences and using the words correctly. I loved reading their sentences. Kiddos are just too funny. Here are a couple of examples.
I love that this one is about Hide and Seek. Adam is the little boy's big brother.
I want more chocolate too!
Yay for remembering double consonants before adding the ending -ing!
I love the detail in this picture!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Go and enjoy some sunshine!

cartoon graphicsPriscilla


  1. I teach 7th grade math, but seeing all your adorable stuff makes me want to teach 1st grade. Not really, but I do envy all the cuteness you primary teachers get to show off. Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Thanks Sherrie! I always think it is too funny how teachers find their little niches in teaching. I love the projects and independence that older kiddos have but the thought of big kids terrifies me. Ha! I guess to each, their own.

  2. Found you through the linky! Love your blog name!!! I didn't see those at the Dollar Tree, but did you see the gigantic fly swatters? I use those for swat!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

    1. Thanks Joanne! I already have 2 huge ones and I agree, they are so much fun for the kiddos to play with. We use the big ones on our front board. I've also been thinking about playing Swat outside with sidewalk chalk letters for the beginning of the school year.