Friday, April 10, 2015

Five For Friday, April 10

Aaaahh! Spring Break! Just what the Dr. ordered!

I'm linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for 5 For Friday. Thanks for hosting, Kacey!

(Okay, okay...this is TECHNICALLY not from this week...please allow me to share, anyway!). Before we went on Spring Break, we were finishing up addition and subtraction. We read Pete the Cat's Four Groovy Buttons.

Then we did some groovy button subtraction freebies that I found {HERE} and {HERE}.

And then we made these cute little guys with word problems to go with them.

I am NOT a cook, which you can read more about {HERE}. But I did make this yummy dessert over the break!

Click {HERE} for the recipe
I've also been catching up on my reading and TV watching over the break. I've been reading The American Heiress which I totally recommend for any Downton Abbey fans out there!

It's set in the late 1800s and is about a very rich American girl (named Cora..coincidence??) who wants to marry an Englishman with a title. She then has to navigate English customs and society which are VERY different from American culture. FASCINATING!

Troll the respawn, Jeremy!
The hubby and I have also been watching the Netflix original The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It's created by Tina Fey and stars Ellie Kemper (Erin from The Office). It's got a super quirky sense of humor. If you like shows like Community, 30 Rock, or The Office, then you'll probably like Kimmy.

On to next week! We are starting a 2 week plant unit next week. Our standards are mostly to describe plants and compare them to other plants, so my goal is to show my kiddos all of the different things that are, grass, bushes, trees, fruits and veggies, etc. I've spent this week working on a plant unit for TPT, but I want to test out the activities on my kids before I put it for sale. Be on the look out, though!

Like I said earlier, we just finished our addition and subtraction unit. My kids did really well, so now we are going to dive into some 1st grade standards and learn about missing addends. Have you heard of Dr. Nicki?? She's a math GENUIS and has lots of great concrete activities for kids to practice fluency and missing addends (without really knowing that's what they are doing). Watch the video to get some great ideas (it's 7 1/2 minutes).

Happy Friday!


  1. Oh, Amanda, so happy to learn about the Dr. Nicki video. Had never heard of her before. Good ideas. Thanks! Kathleen
    Kidpeople Classroom

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  3. Oh how I love that first picture... No, one does NOT simply be productive over spring break! :) Love the math fluency ideas and of course, Pete the Cat! We have to start watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. That's exactly the kind of show we love. Thanks for the tip! Have a great week back from break. Those are hard... :)

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  5. Oh my gosh what happened?! I guess I wanted you to notice me! Gee... I posted the same thing 3 times. So sorry...

  6. Thank you so much for sharing! The video was great. I love teaching with games!
    Camp Kindergarten

  7. Dr. Nicki is great! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I just bought that book for Keagan, and he loves it! He keeps singing about his belly button. Love Pete the Cat! That dessert looks delicious, and I need to add that book to my wishlist now. Glad it was a nice break!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late