Friday, May 24, 2013

Five for Friday~Under the Sea

Hi, Friends! How are ya?

It’s been one long, fun week…(mostly fun). I started out the week doing a little of this….

…which led to my body initiating and all out revolt against dust! I’ve tried packing a little each day, so that it's not so overwhelming, but those darn dust mites attacked me with a vengeance! By week’s end, I was teaching via text ….

…because of all the sneezing and coughing. Thank goodness, it's the end of the year and they can read it or we might’ve been in serious trouble!!! I completely lost my voice and sounded much like a strangled duck trying to talk. Good thing I’ve got the teacher “look” down pat, lol!

We took a dive into the deep blue sea. As we reviewed digraphs and adjectives, we couldn’t forget to include our favorite shark friend, Gilbert! I love this little character!


Him being such a sweetie shark, made it easy to extend shared reading to writing. This is the list of adjectives that we used to tell about the story.


We also used what is now, my favorite foldable, to create an ocean habitat. Didn’t they turn out just adorable? The animals swam in the next day. I’ll share the finished product a little later. =) I was so grateful to my sweet firsties for working quietly while I rested my voice, that we broke out the supplies to create our own little versions of Gilbert too. We spent a calm morning working quietly and listening to our virtual ocean waves. I think they like the relaxation app almost as much as I do because now they’ve begun to ask for it while they work! We’ve even had sweet school helpers stop in our room to take a quick break and enjoy them with us….*LOVE*!


If you think teaching by text was tough…..we had Field Day after lunch! You should’ve seen me trying to lead by hand signal as we made our way through all of the activities. Luckily, we had some awesome parents show up to help. We had a total blast, but doing it without a voice made for an interesting experience!

9 more days to go! Almost there…! Don’t forget to stop by Kacey’s to hop through the Linky Party!


Have a great weekend!



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  1. I hear ya - just recovering from a cold from which I lost my voice AND was prone to sudden overwhelming coughing fits! One happened at the start of a lesson, and between coughs I had to just hold up the activity and croak "Go figure out what to do!" lol... not my best teaching moment for sure.
    I stopped by from Doodle Bugs...great blog!
    Whimsy Workshop

  2. Oh my goodness - I absolutely LOVE your blog & those awesome sharks. We have been working our way through our ocean unit, too...and have only 4 days left> Yay!! Hope you are feeling better soon...not fun to start the summer sick! Thanks so much for stopping by so I could find you, too!

    Your newest follower,
    First Grade Fairytales

  3. I honestly love your blog! You are one of my favorites! and thank you for linking up! Those sharks are precious! Hope you recover from dust mites!! Enjoy your last 9 days! Kacey

  4. Those sharks and that assignment is so adorable!! I have also taught quite a few times with no voice, and that "teacher look" is vital during times like that! It is amazing how cooperative and helpful kiddos can be when you are not on the top of your game :)
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  5. LOVE your SHARK unit! Definitely adding your ideas to my Oceans theme for next year! I sure hope you are feeling better to try and enjoy some of this fabulous weekend!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  6. Oh No!!! So sorry to hear about your sneezing & coughing!!! Pesky dust. Bleh.

    Field day with no voice??? Ouch. Bet you were one tired trooper that night!!!

    Those sharks are seriously adorable!!!!!

    I'm with you on the 9 days left...soooo ready for summer!

    Growing Firsties

  7. Hope you're feeling better soon.
    Relaxation apps sound like a very good idea:)
    Barbara @
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  8. I LOVE those sharks...they will fit in perfectly with our shark unit.
    Two Friends In First
    Two Friends In First


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