Friday, May 17, 2013

Five for Friday!

Five for Friday!!!!

#1  It's Friday---Holla!
(I shared last week that my principal always says this on morning announcements-  This week I have proof!)

#2  Puppy Palooza saved my sanity this week! My first graders and their adopted puppies worked their tails off during daily five.  I read how Rocket Learned to Read, let each student choose a puppy for the week, and watched the engagement level skyrocket during daily 5!!!

#3  To culminate the week, I tested those puppies after school to see if they had truly learned to read.  The students were so nervous on Thursday.  They kept letting me know how hard their puppy had worked all week and that they really hoped it would do well on it's big reading test...
 Every puppy passed their reading tests!!  (it's a good thing those puppies can keep a secret)
We had a little moment in class to honor the first grader teachers and their hard working puppies!
I used Swersty's Blank Puppy Awards!

#4  One of my first graders came to school with the sweetest letter and gift yesterday.
Mounds of Thanks for all you Dew!  Caffeine, chocolate, and jewelry!  Wow!  I may have ripped into the chocolate before hugging the child, but I think I managed to thank her first.  :)

#5  Home Sweet Home!!!!
It has been a week of 12 hour days  (My daughter had dance practices till 6pm every night this week out where she goes to school-40 minutes from our home)
 Then last night we didn't get home until 9:30pm.  (Big dance finale)

This girl is heading to bed!  Happy Weekend!


  1. I love, love, love the year for me though. I. Just.Can't.Do.Anything.Else... except for eat all the leftover Nachos from N day over here. :) Yay for your daughter! Mine has band next week, and dance the week after that. Those long days ARE rough.

    First Grade Wolves

  2. Too funny about you principal...I love it! I'm totally doing the puppy trick next it. I love how our little firsties are so easy to "trick"
    Just Reed!

  3. Great idea! This is definitely something I will use next year. It's especially hard for the kiddos to stay on task during read to self at the end of the year - What am I talking about??? It's hard for ME to stay on task! Have a great weekend!

  4. Those puppies are TOO cute! You can see how excited the kids are in the pictures! ...and your principal obviously is excited about Friday :) Hope you have a great weekend!
    Funky Fresh Firsties

  5. I have a basket of my decoding animal beanie babies (3 of each) wonders for reading time!! I'm going to keep my eye out for Puppy Palooza! You're daughter looks so sweet & what a gorgeous home!

  6. I love this idea! I will definitely be doing this next year! Where did you get all of the puppies?