Friday, May 31, 2013

Five for Friday, Friday Flashback-International Day Edition

Happy Friday! This time next week I will be on summer vacation! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and Teaching Maddeness for their Friday linky parties.


This week was a busy week at school, even though it was only a four day week. On Wednesday, my school had an international day. Each class had studied a different country and had created different way to share their country with the other grades. My students researched the Philippines. Wednesday was the big day. The kids did such a great job learning, creating, and teaching. We decorated and turned our classroom "into" the Philippines. I was so proud of them.

Later that night we had our portfolio parties with the parents to celebrate the end of the year. I love portfolio parties because it gives the kids and parents a chance to sit down and see how much they have grown. Sometimes the change is so gradual it is easy to miss, but portfolios really show the growth over time.

In science we have been working on our Earth Movements unit. The students created their volcanoes on Thursday. We use model magic to create them. On Tuesday next week we will make them erupt!

We also did a fun activity with mini microscopes. The students looked at comics, sugar, salt, cloth leaves, and anything else we could get our hands on under the microscopes. They loved it.

What did you do this week?


  1. Thank you for reminding me about portfolio parties:) Your room looks great!

  2. I love how you have all that set up! I also love the idea of a portfolio party...I must remember that!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. Our school did an international party this year, also. I like how yours was set-up so I'm going to be passing on the ideas to our committee organizers.

    I am intrigued by your portfolio party. What all do you have your students include in their portfolios? Do you include assessments in them? You've got me thinking!

    The Teacher's Desk 6

  4. Portfolio parties? That sounds awesome! I would love to see pics of a sample portfolio! I also love the idea of an international day. Amazing stuff:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper