Five For Friday!

I'm excited to have this Friday night in after this week. Even though it was a four day week, it still felt kind of long to me for some reason. Anyway, I have the opportunity to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday! My very first time! Yay! 
Tuesday morning, my team and I met with another school's first grade team for some collaboration time. Therefore, my class had a sub that morning. I always always worry about leaving my class with a sub- not just this class, but any class. I have a great class so I really have no reason to worry. I worry I don't leave good plans, enough work. I worry that they won't behave and will make the sub never want to come back. I worry. So, I was very pleased when I walked in at noon to my extremely quiet class. The sub expressed how wonderful they were and most of the class had moved their clips up to the very top of our clip chart. Teacher heart happy over here! After she left, I began unpacking my school bag at my desk and saw the little note she left. 

Sweet, right? 


However, the next day was kind of a bummer. I came in Wednesday all proud of my class for the previous day and then boom, we had a sad day. We just needed a refresher on how to treat people kindly. We've been stepping on people's words, calling our friends names, etc. and so we spent some time reading How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids. I had purchased this book at the beginning of the school year with my Scholastic points. I realized that I never had the opportunity to read the book and so it was the perfect time to pull it out.

 {If you click on the picture, it will take you to the Amazon link}

We then made this anchor chart on how to be a bucket filler and how to be a bucket dipper.

Afterwards, they wrote a journal entry about why they like the person that sits beside them. I wish I had taken pictures of some of the entries. They were so precious and sweet. One said, "I like ______ because he puts a smile on my face everyday." Precious! They have been much better about filling one another's buckets since then.

On Thursday, it was 0 degrees outside with a -20 windchill. Brrr! We still had school and I was extremely jealous of my pup who was curled up in a blanket like this when I left.

And, I'm pretty sure that's where he stayed until I came back home. I don't blame him. It looked so warm and cozy.

Today was the 100th day of school! To celebrate, we did 100 day activities all day long. It was such a fun day!

I got this idea for some Bubblegum Addition from First Grade Fairytales. I actually saw the idea on her instagram when she posted it earlier this week, but she posted about it today with her Five for Friday. I suggest you click on that link and check out hers to get some fabulous ideas! I changed ours up a little bit. She used paint and we definitely used markers. Not only because I didn't have any paint, but also because I'm not sure how brave I am to use paint in the classroom :) My kids were excited about the markers because I usually don't let them use them. Also, she did subtraction problems and we just did addition.

 They turned out soooo cute and I really wanted to hang them all up in the room, but most of my kids wanted to take them home. I don't blame them. They were super cute and they wanted to show their parents what they did today. 

 We got to start our new math journals this week! Our new math unit is all about place value. My kids have always been fond of math journals, but this one they seem to particularly like.

If you are interested in looking at the journal, just click the picture. It will take you to my TPT store :)

That's all, my friends! Have a lovely weekend!


  1. How Full Is Your Bucket? is a great book. I love your anchor chart.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom
    Diamond Mom's Treasury

  2. Welcome to the blogging world! Looks like you had a busy week. Place value is one of my favorite things to teach. I even made a picture book to teach the concept in my TpT store called Trouble with Monkeys
    if you wanted to check it out. The bucket book looks great too--I haven't read that one yet.

    ~Lucy at Kids Math Teacher

  3. Your bubble gum machines turned out so cute!! Love :)
    And, I absolutely hate having a sub, too.. what a great surprise to come back to! So glad to have found you! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  4. Your anchor chart is adorable and it looks like your kiddos had a great 100th Day of School! :)



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