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Friday, March 15, 2013

Five for Friday

I am linking up with DoodleBugsTeaching for another fun Five for Friday. 

1.  Last Sunday, my daughter had her picture taken with the Easter Bunny.  It was an experience.  She is normally a super friendly little darling...

When she saw the Easter Bunny, her eyes bulged and she let out a blood curdling scream right there in the middle of the mall.  She was dressed to the nines but my husband and I were not.  We all ended up in the picture.  It's interesting.  I know we will laugh about it in the years to come.  

We were not expecting this because she loved Santa.  She brings us so much joy.  Every moment is a learning experience around her.  I see the world with new eyes.

 2.  My class made Leprechaun traps today.  Since St. Patrick's Day falls on Sunday we did this activity today and will have a treat on Monday.  I had the children develop a plan and draw out a draft before commencing.  Their materials consisted of a handful of popsicle sticks, scrap paper, and yarn.  They could also color the sticks if they wanted.  I am definitely doing this activity again!  They were highly engaged!

 After completing the trap, they wrote a letter trying to convince or persuade the leprechaun to visit their creation.   Each child had an opportunity to explain the thought process behind the trap and read their letter.  Everyone had such creative ideas.

This example illustrates how one student used the yarn to create a rope for the leprechaun to get up on his desk.  He hung the rope over the side.  Once the leprechaun gets on his desk he will be attracted to the color green, go inside, and get trapped.

In this example the student uses scrap paper to trick the leprechaun.  He said that the leprechaun will play in the paper, go inside, and get trapped.  (His wood model is underneath.)
This last example shows a model where the child made a house.  He said that the leprechaun will like the house he built for him so much that he will stay in there until Monday.

Before I left on Friday, I made a MESS.  I tipped over chairs, spread out papers, dumped book bins, put glitter on their desks and inside some of their pencil boxes.  Monday morning, I plan on stamping green baby feet (leprechaun feet) on their desks and projects.  I am going to leave a note for us to find from the leprechaun stating how much he enjoyed their clever ideas but he was too sly to get caught.  He will leave the class a surprise treat.

3.  My husband's best friend visited from New York.  It was a whirlwind this week.  I am sad that he had to go because it is always so fun to hang out.  My parents babysat our daughter so my husband and I could go to a movie with our friend.  We saw OZ and it was WONDERFUL.  I enjoyed so much.  I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a movie so much.

4.  I was unable to access the seller's forum on Teachers Pay Teachers for most of the week.  It drove me bonkers.  I didn't realize how much I am getting into that site.  I need time to make more products for TpT.  I hope to make some over Spring Break.  (It is the week after next!)  I still have to clean house and plan my daughter's first birthday party.

5.  Here are a couple of funnies!!!  I call them funnies because every time I think about these comments I can't help but chuckle.

ENTHUSIASTIC student comment at lunch:  "I figured out what color the Cheeto really is!  White.  It has orange SaySon on it!

SERIOUS student comment while lining up:  "I know how it feels when you put your finger in your eye.  It feels like a volcano!  It burns."

Student Tattle:  "A kid in your class is putting dog poop on the soccer ball."  --- This is not really funny but it kinda is.  How often do you hear it?  NEVER :)

OKAY I guess I have a 6 for Friday this week!  I started my first Linky Party!  It's where you can post your absolute favorite blog post!


  1. I love your leprechaun traps! I did not get to ANY St. Patrick's Day activities this year. So sad! It sounds like y'all had a blast!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

    1. It was fun! I was not planning on it at first. Originally I was going to go to the store the night before and pick up a small something (snack or stickers. This morning the kids were so excited about the holiday. They were wearing green and just so happy. I knew I had to do something! I didn't get to the store the night before because my precious daughter was fussy (she was tired...long story) and by the time she went to bed, it was too late. My husband was sick and could not watch her...

      Luckily I remembered that one of my students told me about doing a leprechaun trap last year so I decided to have a teachable moment and the rest of the activity was born. The kids were so engaged and the writing was wonderful. I wish we had more time to do these kind of activities. There is just so much to teach and not enough time!!!

  2. Love the funny comments. This year, we have had so many discussions about poop I don't even know what to say about it!

    One of my favorite things about teaching Kindergarten is the things that get said out loud... by my students and ME!

    My Kinder-Garden

    1. I drive my husband crazy with double talk sometimes! I can't believe that I actually did this but one time I needed to get around him for some reason and instead of saying "excuse me," I actually said, "beep, beep." Needless to say I never lived this down.

      On there are some silly poems about the bathroom. I know it sounds gross...but it is made for kids. (oh my I am tired...I've started rambling).

      Thank you for your comment. :)

  3. So glad I found your blog through the linky party. I love your leprechaun trap lesson. I had my kids write about how they would trap a leprechaun, but I didn't think about actually having them construct their ideas. That is a must for next year! Thanks for sharing that idea. I am thrilled to be your newest follower.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

    1. I'm so glad that you like the idea! Thanks for following my blog. I am going to hop on over to yours right now! :)

  4. Love the leprechaun traps! Super cute and creative!

    Extra Special Teaching

    1. Oh and send a help request to TpT about the seller forum. They'll fix it for you!

    2. Thanks! It was fixed a couple of days ago. :) It was soooooooo hard waiting a whole week!

      We still miss you over here in Florida!

  5. I was dying at "someone in your class put dog poop on the soccer ball"!! Haha!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

    1. It was incredibly hard keeping a straight face! :)