Friday, April 5, 2013

Five For Friday and Flashback Friday

Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and Teaching Maddeness for the Friday linkies!

1. I'm so excited to announce I will be hosting my FIRST linky party tomorrow!!! Well I'm kind of nervous too! I'm super excited about the topic because I KNOW this is something we can always use...magic tricks! The linky party will be called Spark Student Motivation Saturdays. Each Saturday you can link up to share ONE idea/tip/incentive you use in your classroom to motivate your students. It's not that I don't want you to share more ideas, but I want it to be quick and easy for you and this will allow us to share our ideas/test them out for a longer time! It doesn't have to be elaborate, sometimes the simpler the better! It can be anything that sparks your students! Here are some possible ideas that need motivation, but not limited to:
Completing Homework          
Reading Counts
Cafeteria Behavior
Completing Classwork
Skill Mastery

It can be your original idea, something you read about somewhere, a schoolwide incentive, etc. The possibilities for this linky are endless! I can't wait to see what everyone does in their classrooms! I think this time of the year is a perfect time for this linky especially with spring fever-we all need a bag FULL of magic tricks!
You don't even have to R.S.V.P.-just come to the party!
My new linky button!!! Isn't it gorgeous and sparkly??!! Michelle from The 3am Teacher really captured my style! Can't wait til tomorrow!

As a fun activity and to help my students calculate area I had them take their shoe off and trace it on grid paper. (I try to incorporate shoes whenever I can!) They could use any method to figure out the area of their shoe. This creative student shaded in all the whole squares one color and the 1/2 squares a different color to make it easy to calculate. We traced our shoes during class and my students completed this at home or during free time. It was due at the end of the week.

Need a five minute filler that's purposeful? This book is filled with 200 "fun facts that happen every 60 seconds" and also includes quick activities. Did you know every minute 20,820 Jelly Belly jellybeans are produced? Or that there are 2,000 thunderstorms occurring on Earth every minute? Each fact is supported with additional information and kids love it! Interesting non-fiction reading!

4. Booked our Disney Cruise-great deal for Florida residents...set sail in 23 days! Nothing compares to a Disney Cruise and my kids can't wait.

5. Garage Sale Tomorrow: Cleaning out and hopefully going to earn some extra spending money! I've only had one garage sale in my life and I'm not looking forward to the wheeling and dealing! Any tips for a successful garage sale?



  1. Love your idea for your linky. I always love hearing how others motivate their students. Can't wait to see everyone's posts.

  2. Can't wait to link up tomorrow!!! :) :)
    ideas by jivey

  3. Love, love, love the button! :D Michelle did a fabulous job!

    I also love the area activity. Fits that the your students would do such a stylish/fun project with a teacher who can rock heels like you can! :)

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  4. What a terrific idea for a linky! Can't wait to pop back and read all of the ideas.

    I found you through Five for Friday. :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep

  5. Such a fun idea for your linky! I could definitely learn a few new tricks for this class :) Excited to come back tomorrow!

    Check out the Giveaway at Lucky to Be in First!

  6. How stinkin' cute is that button for your linky! Precious!! Totally you!! I love it!!

    Awww, a Disney cruise! How fun! I've thought about doing one with my family when the kids are a bit older. You'll have to let me know how it goes!

    I won't link up til Monday, I hope that's ok?
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. You are the most creative person!! I look forward to reading all the ideas. Keep the creativity coming :-)


  8. I am so glad that I finally noticed ya as another 4th grade blogger! Best of luck on your linky party tomorrow.
    Antonia @ forkin4th

  9. We are going to Disney in June and I can't wait! Have a great time. Michelle
    Fabulous in First


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