Saturday, April 13, 2013

My Week in Review

We are just about done with our insect theme. Thank goodness! Although we've been doing some really fun activities, insects are high on my list of "things that turn me off!" But, every year, I put on my big girl panties, and pretend that I'm as excited about creepy crawlies, as they are! As long as I don't have to touch anything that is crawling or look at any images except for the cutsie ones, depicted in all the adorable clip art, I am fine!

Here are some pictures of some of the activities my students worked on.


We brainstormed facts about butterflies and then filled out this graphic organizer.

First Grade...

We are still working on these.

Second Grade...

On Tuesday, I had my formal observation. 
I had to teach something new, so, I taught my my students how to conduct an interview.
Twelve minutes into my observation, the fire alarm went off! Obviously, it was not a planned drill, so, we all quickly exited the building. Turns out, someone pulled the alarm! We got back about 20 minutes later and, thankfully, my students just picked up where we left off. However, I didn't get to finish the whole lesson because of time constraints. We are still not done with our final interviews because I was out sick one day and we had an assembly. So, next week, we will finish for sure! Here are some pictures of my students interviewing each other. It was so cute!

This is a fun activity for students to utilize all of the writing strategies they have been taught all year. Plus, we found ourselves learning new information about each other. I've been their teacher since kindergarten, and was amazed at all the new information I learned. Once we are done, I will bind all their finished articles into a book. You can find out more about this activity by clicking here.

Next up...Earth Day!


  1. My kinders just used pages from your "Let's Label, Write and Draw about...Insects" this week. We observed ladybugs, praying mantis, butterflies and ants over the last few weeks from our life cycle unit into our insect week. We read books, books and databases (PebbleGo). Each day this week, we completed the label page and the sentence page for ladybugs, bees, praying mantis and butterflies. I even left one for a sub. Then on Friday, they researched one of their own in the database on Facts About page. We put them into booklets. Even though I like to make a lot of my stuff, it was wonderful to have the label pages and everything already made. I'm not an insect fan myself either but the kinders love them every year so...we study them in depth. Thanks, Jenn

  2. Holy Moly! I would cry if there was a fire drill during my observation. Hah! I'm sure you handled it flawlessly! Did your principal come back in to watch the end of the lesson?

    1. Haley,

      My principal came back and she was impressed with my students, as they just picked up exactly where we left off. It was a fun a lesson and I can't wait to put the book together!

      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter


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