Friday, April 26, 2013

Five for Friday, Flashback Friday, and 100 Follower Giveaway

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday and with Teaching Maddeness for Friday Flashback to celebrate surviving our week!


1. My students finished their state testing on Monday. They took two science tests, one in the morning, one in the afternoon. They worked hard and I am so glad it is over! Now we can enjoy the rest of the school year without "the test" hanging over our heads!

2. On Tuesday, I attended a workshop on formative assessment. We spent a lot of time talking about the importance of planning well thought out questions that let us evaluate where our students are, and what they know. It was a really great workshop, and a really good reminder.

3. Tuesday night many of my fourth graders participated in the Reading Olympics. They worked so hard and read many books The original night of the event had been post poned for over a month because of weather. They earned a blue ribbon, I'm so proud of them, all their hard work paid off!

Photo: Our Lower School team competed in the Bucks County Reading Olympics on April 23rd, and brought home a Blue Ribbon! Great job to the kids for working hard to read so many books!
Picture from my our schools Facebook page

4. On Thursday I took my students on an overnight camping trip. It is the most stressful, but fun field trip. The kids and I learn about ecosystems, dissect owl pellets, and enjoy outdoor fun like canoeing, capture the flag, fishing, baseball/softball, and campfires to name a few. It is my favorite trip to take my kids on because they have no choice but to play outside! It is so great to watch students who only ever play video games rolling in the grass, and digging in the dirt! Here are a few pictures of our trip:

5. This week I also reached 100 followers! I'm so excited to have some wonderful prizes to offer a lucky winner thanks to my blogging buddies.

This giveaway is my thank you to you, my followers, for joining me on my blogging journey and listening to all of my "Tales from Teaching."
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  1. Congrats on 100 followers!!! So very exciting!

    There are so many fun read alouds! I love to read is a favorite!

    Rosie's Rambles

  2. Congratulations on having 100 followers and I am glad I found your blog through Doodle Bugs Teaching!
    Deb at Fabulously First

  3. Congratulations!! 100 followers is a great milestone! I would love to be included in your next give-away if you are ever looking for items. My favorite read aloud would have to be anything written by Chris Van Allsburg.

    Foreman Teaches

  4. Congrats on 100 followers! I would love to get there myself! Maybe one day!
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  5. Congratulations on #100! My favorite read aloud is The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards.

  6. Holey moley...overnight field trip??? That is crazy talk. Congrats on finishing our testing strong! :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  7. That Reading Olympics sounds fun! I'd like to hear more about it!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  8. Congrats on 100 followers! I am really jealous that your test is already over and you have "fun" time with your students. We will have 5 days of school left after our state testing! The overnight field trip is crazy - it looks like so much fun!! Did you sleep at all?!?!

    My favorite read aloud is Raymond and Graham Rule the School.

    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  9. Wonder by RJ Palacio is a great read-aloud! Just found your blog, I'm your newest follower!

    Science for Kids Blog

  10. My favorite read aloud is This Island Isn't Big Enough for the Four of Us.

  11. Congratulations! One of my favorite read alouds is Charlotte's Web.

  12. Congratulations! What a great giveaway! I love reading Junie B. Jones series aloud.