June 12th - Five For Friday

Only five more days of school left!  With the year coming to a close, we had time for a lot of fun activities this week.

Author Liesl Shurtliff visited our class and gave a presentation about writing, her motivations, and how she grew herself as a reader and writer. She also gave the kids an opportunity to put on a short Rumpelstiltskin Reader's Theater.  My students were so engaged.  It was great for them to meet her, since we read "Rump:  The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin" earlier this school year.  The best part is, she is the mother of one my students this school year.

We played in a staff and student kickball game.  I had not played kickball since I was a child, but I have to say it is still a ton of fun!
Eighth grade graduation was Thursday, so we made signs congratulating the graduates, and then cheered on the eighth graders as they paraded through the school on their way to the ceremony.  I can't believe that it's already time for some of these students to graduate.  Time marches on.

We learned about France in our Passport series.  The students and parents have truly enjoyed these presentations.  It's nice to open the classroom up to family members, and let them share their travels.

We finished our Dinosaur unit and created these beautiful pop up books.  

Happy Friday!


  1. Oh my, you are still in school....I feel so guilty to leisurely be drinking a cup of coffee while browsing teacher blogs! It's so awesome when students get to interact with real life authors (and not in a stadium - as in cram the whole school into one tiny room- setting).
    My school plays a kickball game with a neighboring elementary to raise money for Relay for Life. Let me just say, the kiddos and their families have a B.L.A.S.T.! And the teachers/staff do it happily because it's for a great cause and it builds community.
    Have a fantastic Friday!
    Storybook Endings in Second

    1. No need to feel guilty, my district definitely has long school years. Summer is almost here! : )

  2. Your students' dinosaur pop-up books are awesome! Have you posted about your passport projects? I'd love to hear more about them. Have a great weekend!

    A Very Curious Class

    1. I'd love to know more about your passport projects too! Ce project m'interesse beaucoup et j'aimerais bien en savoir plus! I'm a French speaker so it's awesome that France was your focus this week :-) And what a wonderful experience for a real author to come visit you and your classroom! Passe un tres bon weekend!

      ~Jaime @ The First Grade Bloom

    2. J'adore la France, et je parle le francais aussi!! My passport project focuses on a different country each week. I usually begin it for the last quarter of the school year. My school is near a major University and we have a large international population. I ask parents to pick a country they have either lived in, or visited and prepare about a 20 minute powerpoint presentation including photos of interesting sites and information. My students and families truly enjoy it, and it's a great way for families to feel more involved. I think I will do a blog post about the program as a whole later this summer.

  3. I have five days left as well! I love your pop-up books. I feel like I've been assessing, assessing, assessing! We haven't done much that was extremely fun or creative this week! I'm looking forward to this last week. Some of the pressure if finally off! Enjoy your last five days!
    Laughter and Consistency

    1. Thank you, it's good to know I'm not the only one still teaching. I will enjoy my last five days, and you do the same!



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