Five for Friday {12-6-2013}

It's Friday!  It's Friday!  That means I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday.

School Related Random #1: We have been working on two-digit subtraction this week.  We use the enVision series, which means there is a lot of repetition and not a lot of high interest.  As I pulled out today's lesson, I just about gagged over another boring lesson.  Inspiration hit and this idea was born.

I gave each student four light templates.  After they solved their four problems, I checked their work and gave them a Sharpie to trace over their pencil. They cut out the light bulbs and I taped them to a piece of yarn.

Side note: We used some of the enVision worksheet.  If you are familiar with the series, we did the "Guided Practice" together, and then the students chose four problems from the "Independent Practice" page and used those number sentences to create their Christmas lights.  They were actually excited to do their subtracting today!

You could also have your students write and solve their own problems. :)

You can grab the light bulb templates for free by clicking here.

School Related Random #2: The other day, I served my students a small sample of hot cocoa, as well as a small sample of chocolate milk.  After trying both beverages, they wrote an opinion paragraph about which drink they preferred.  Today, they published their writing in the form of a mini book.  So cute!

This prompt and craft are from my Write On! The Winter Edition pack on TpT.

School Related Random #3: On Monday, I sent home a take-home project.  The students were asked to decorate a Christmas tree.  I always encourage them to be as creative as possible.  Here's a sampling of our creative trees.  The trees are now decorating our walls.

Home Related Random #4:  This past weekend, Little Peanut's Elf on the Shelf returned from the North Pole.  We welcomed Chihuahua back with a little North Pole breakfast.  Little Peanut loved waking up to this table and fun meal!

 Home Related Random #5: Elf mania continues!  Chihuahua has been up to a few antics this week (nothing too over the top, Little Peanut is only 4).  My favorite is the one where he covered himself in stickers.  Ha!

He also took a marshmallow bath, but I didn't take a picture that day.

Be sure to head on over to Doodle Bugs to see what everyone else has been up to!
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  1. Looks like a fun week to me! My light blubs are ready to go for Monday. It will be a great way to review before our test AND help make our room festive. Thank you for the awesome idea!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  2. Everything about you is so creative and cute!! I know your little peanut is in holiday Heaven! Your Elf ideas are P R E C I O U S!!!!



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