5 for Friday

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone had a great day today. Let me tell you a little about my week. :)

First, I want to brag on the awesome parent volunteers at my school. I downloaded a really neat 5th grade vocabulary file on teachers pay teachers. It is for a wordwall for the classroom. I really liked it because it had little pictures and definitions right on the card, so when the words on on the wall the kids can glance up and get a clue to what the word means.  Anywho... I had no idea how much work it was going to be printing, cutting, adding border, sorting, laminating, and so on.... VERY time consuming! Well, the parent volunteers did all of my word wall words for me!! I am so grateful. I have yet to begin putting them up on the wall, but I will be sure to take a picture to show you how it turns out!

OK.. so if you can close your eyes and imagine me jumping up and down screaming "WOOOHOO" like a crazy lady... then maybe you have an accurate visualization of how I was acting when I figured out that the students can write on desks with dry erase markers and it wipes right off!!! 

 Did you know that??
 Am I the only one who didn't know this?? 
Well.. if you didn't know.... now ya know! 

We were using base ten blocks to find quotients and writing on the table made it SO much easier to understand.  Yippeee!!

More on that base ten block thing.  My students are learning long division.  More specifically:

 NBT.6 - "Find whole number quotients ....illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models." 

They. Were. Struggling!! They did pretty great with "plain ol'" long division and even with partial quotients, but when it came to representing it with illustrations, they weren't able to show it!  So we pulled out the base ten blocks (paper version) and modeled it with those.  PERFECT solution! They are able to represent the quotient using pictures of the base ten blocks, and they used their markers on the tables (see above) to help!

Meet Layla. :) This was my boyfriend Scott's dog.  This was his BABY!!! When he passed away, his parents began caring for her, and I am SO lucky because they let me babysit sometimes.  I took her with me to pick up some things for my kiddos for Halloween.  I didn't expect to purchase as much as I did, and when I jammed it all in the car, look at the face she gave me!!! haha She wasn't a happy camper because I took up her backseat! 

Last, but not least, HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!!! I am including my costume last year (because I LOVED it), and my costume this year! Last year I was Effie Trinket, and my school counselor - best friend, Mrs. Erwin, was Katniss. It worked out great because we were reading "The Hunger Games" in my 6th grade ELA class.  This year, we were the three little pigs and the wolf.  Notice my nose. :-/ I accidentally left my nose at home, so I had to create one out of construction paper. ha!

Well.. that is it for this week.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and I am leaving feeling especially proud of myself for actually doing this on Friday instead of Saturday or Sunday! ;)


  1. I love your halloween costumes and am going to have to try out writing on the tables when we get back to school on Monday! Glad to find you on the link up today - I'm your newest follower!
    Growing Little Learners

    1. Thank you so much! You will LOVE the writing on the tables. It is great! :) Thanks so much for following my blog! I followed yours too :)


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