Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Flashback & Five for Friday!

Linking up for Friday Flashback at Teaching Maddeness and Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching...

Here are just a few things from this week...

We finished up our Earth Day (reduce, reuse, recycle) mobile writing early this week. The kids did a great job--they really have a working knowledge of what THEY can do as kids to help out. 

We also posted our pennants to inspire others in the school to help the earth.  Love this one: "Throw the games in storage. Get outside and play!" Notice all of the game systems on his closet shelf! :0) The kids did a great job choosing a focus and creating a short/catchy slogan.

And we wrote sandwich poems this week, an activity included in a Teacher's Clubhouse product called Poetry Pizzazz. Students chose a theme/topic related to summer and brainstormed a list of related words to get the ideas flowing.  Then we met as a class to write a poem together...

Combining the expression of ideas (that make good sense) and counting syllables was their challenge!  They did a great job and showed a lot of perseverance--after all, writing poetry that follows rules and conveys a clear meaning/feeling is a task that requires flexibility and patience.  I applauded them for a job well done!

Loved the ant craftivity included in the Poetery Pizzazz product! Here are some of my kids' creations...

I created a different sandwich to allow for more room to write and lines of different length so the "sandwich" shape of the poem was visible in their final drafts.  We also added pipe cleaner antennae, instead of paper ones, to add dimension to our ants on a table cloth display.  Every time I pass our board, it makes me smile!

Oh!  I almost forgot that we visited Africa this week!!  Well, as close as we can get here in Illinois... The rhino was one of the kids' favorites on our field trip to our local zoo!

I know that's only four... We did a lot more this week, but I honestly don't have an ounce more of energy at this point in time--it has been an eventful and exhausting week. See you on Sunday for Collaboration Cuties mentor text link up...


  1. I love those ants! They are stinkin' cute. What a great idea.

    Ms Richards's Musings

    1. For the ant pattern and poem directions, stop on over to Teacher's Clubhouse on TpT for their Poetry Pizzazz product! :0)

      Thanks for stopping over!

  2. Wow - your 3Rs mobiles look awesome! I also really like your pennant idea - it lets the kiddos take responsibility for what they can do to take care of the Earth.

    I've never seen "sandwich" poems before - but I love them! I am totally going to try that this week :)

    Thanks Sarah!

    Joy in the Journey

    1. Thank you for the kind words! The ants were a lot of fun! Check out Teacher's Clubhouse on TpT for the pattern and directions... :0)


  3. You guys had a busy week. I love the pennants! :)

  4. Great activities! Those ants are super cute- made me smile and giggle to see them!

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

  5. Your blog is absolutely adorable! Found you through the linky and now a new follower! Your Earth Day projects are fantastic.... But I really like the Ants!!! Perhaps I could try that with my first graders!
    Have a great weekend!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

    1. Thanks so much for flying on over! I stopped in at your blog and have become a follower! Loved what you shared...


  6. Hi Sarah! I love those Earth Day mobiles & those ants - so cute! I'm your newest follower :)

    Science for Kids Blog