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Friday, April 25, 2014

Five for Friday! - April 25, 2014

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for this week's Five for Friday!
This week was OH SO busy! It was the last week of the semester in my 2 masters classes. It was also the last week in one of my gifted endorsement classes. Whew! Glad those are over...until May 13 when we are back to the grind! :/ Here's a bit of what went on this week...

This was probably the most exciting happening of our week! I was chosen to be in a video for our county. It's only a video about how teachers should collect and store field trip money, but whatever! The kids and I were stars for a few hours! They kept asking if they were going to be on TV...HA! Sorry lovelies!
We made these adorable Earth Day books. It is a main idea and key detail sort all about the earth. This was a perfect review for my little ones. I wrote a blog post about this a few days ago, so check it out if you are interested and would like the link!
Meerkats were ALL over our classroom this week! We did a close read about them, read books about them, had the vocabulary as part of our spelling words, and did an informational writing about them. Thank you to Kayla Parker for these amazing close read passages! Check her out here!
YAHOOO! My Jamberry order came in! I can't wait to try them out! I've heard only good things so far.
Today, after school we drove up to Disney for a short weekend get away. The husband had FCAT with his kids this week, so he needed some relaxation & roller coasters! I'm currently finishing up on my own school work and grading so that I don't have to touch it the rest of the weekend. 

Hakuna Matata! No worries for this weekend!


  1. Enjoy your little get away Meredith! You deserve it! :) Thanks for sharing these cute lesson ideas. I have never tried Jamberry. You picked out some fun designs. Let us know what you think!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  2. I have never even heard of jam berry.. I'll have to check it out! And I'm super jealous of your Disney trip.. You must live close to be able to just take a weekend trip.. Jealous!

    1. Definitely check it out. I ordered from Christi Fultz. Check her out at I haven't applied mine yet because we were in Disney this weekend. Hope to do it tomorrow! Yes, we live 3 hours away and have season passes, so we try to make them count by going once a month or so.

  3. I used to teach in Florida and before I moved to North Carolina, I was taking trainings on Close Reads. At this point in the year, my first graders really need that but admin is insisting on doing read alouds to meet the common core standards. So I started doing the close reads in my guided reading. Well, I was told I could no longer do them because the texts were not leveled. It's so frustrating. What do you do for whole group at the beginning of the year? I'm sorry I have so many questions!

    1. Feel free to email me at
      We can chat about this in more detail! :)


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