Friday, November 8, 2013

Five for Friday! {and a giveaway}

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for her 5 for Friday!

Honestly I didn't think I'd make it till today--this week just seemed to drag!  But on the bright side, we have Monday off, so I'm celebrating that little victory!  

So here it goes:

We are doggy sitting for my parents as they are vacationing somewhere exotic, lying on a beach drinking a fancy umbrella drink (jealous  much?).  This means that we have not 1, not 2, but 3 happy Golden Retrievers in the house.  And one's in heat.  bonus.   Here's a picture of their adorable faces:
Mind you, they are also the reason I am short on sleep this week, from their antics in the middle of the night to constant horse play in the house.  I love them dearly, but I am ready for the two to go back to their own house.

I was fortunate to see Sara Evans live recently in a small private was an amazing show and she's still got a great voice!  It was a VERY nice date night with the hubs.

I did a FABULOUS lesson today with my 5th graders in math.  We're practicing 5.NBT.7, which involves adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.  We did a real-life problem where they had to earn enough money to buy an X Box 1 while they were in charge of their family's finances.  They had to use a checkbook register to keep track of a family's spending for 2 weeks.  It was an excellent, real life activity and you can grab that here.  It's from the state of Georgia, and if you haven't checked them out, they have an amazing website of resources to use for math and language arts that align to the CCSS.

In reading, we started reading The Great Gilly Hopkins.  It's one of my favorites to read as a class because there is SO much good material to talk about.  It's cultural and the students never forget the character of Gilly.  I have a literature guide here that you can get from TpT if you're interested!  There's a giveaway for this at the bottom of my post for one lucky winner!  (Starts at midnight tonight!)

I made this in my crockpot this week.
It's tomato-basil parmesan soup and oooooooo I am telling you GO MAKE IT NOW! It's delish! It was easy to make it lasted me all week for lunches.  I followed the recipe perfectly, but you could substitute low calorie milk or cheese to make it slightly healthier.  So yummy with a grilled cheese!

And because I want to I'm adding a 6th thing to my 5 For Friday.... 

So this morning, I am greeting my students as they sign in and I am sitting in my directors chair.  You know, the classic director's chair that you can fold up and stow away.... here's a picture for all you visual learners:

All of the sudden, the wooden piece that holds the fabric below the arm piece SNAPS and I end up in a heap in the middle of the chair.  With 19 pairs of eyes on me.  And suddenly the room becomes eerily quiet...with whispers starting.....Well, I am usually one that laughs at things like this, so what do I do?  Despite the immediate bruising on my thighs happening, I smile and say (to all my students who don't know whether to laugh or ask me if I'm alright)  

"Well, I guess you can all go home tonight and tell your parents that your teacher fell out of her chair today!! You'll always remember this moment!!"

I mean, yes, it was funny, and it was also one of those moments when the students realize you're human, and you mess up sometimes!   My co-workers thought it was HILARIOUS, of course.  They're so supportive (not like the chair).     It's nice for the students to know that I'm not perfect, which I think I do EVERY day because I'm really clumsy... but this one takes the cake.  And I do have bruises on my thighs, but it was pretty funny!   

Have a great loooooong weekend!


  1. Your kids will absolutely remember that forever as will you! Too funny! Love the picture of all the dogs! My parents have had several goldens and now they have a golden doodle who is a absolutely crazy.
    Forever in Fifth Grade

  2. Those dogs are so adorable! But I've had one in heat before and know how that gets old real quick. Your soup sounds delicious. I'll have to try it out. Hope the bruising isn't too bad!

  3. Hope you are healing up from your fall! I'm always looking for a good read aloud to do with my fifth graders!


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