Friday, May 24, 2013

Five for Friday

Linking up again with Doodle Bugs- Five for Friday!

1. Plants!
I love to start this unit with the celery trick.  Celery is DRAMATIC! And after a day it looks like the pic above.  Don't always pops back up.  Then we fill the water with food coloring and watch the water travel up the stem to the leaves. :)
We also planted grass, lima beans and pinto beans.  I thought we were going to have no bean sprouts this year but AMAZINGLY we had two by the end of the day today!! Yippee!!  I had a reader suggest to plant the bean seeds closer to the top of the soil because they have a hard time traveling up through the soil... that is brilliant!  I LOVE when readers leave their ideas/tips... it just makes my day!!  

2. Plant Reading!

I just LOVE this!
Our students have been reading machines trying to grow their plants!
For every 30 pages they read, they get a plant part.  Until finally, they have an entire flower!

They can even read more and add "extras" to their flower like the grass, bee, bird, and sun.
This is a free item in my store.  See it here.

3. Countdown!
I'm starting to get our countdown to summer ready!!  I have decided to do the 5 day countdown.
It looks like this:
We will do activities for each letter until we reach the last day #3 for third grade!!  The kids are SO excited and dying to know what is in the envelopes! :)

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(on sale right now!)

4. Assessments
I don't know about you but 'tis the season for assessments!  We've been doing reading and math testing for the last two weeks.  Ugh.
I got a kick out of this one...
"This is how I got to the point where I got done."  Yep... that sums it up... let's just get this done.  hehe

5. My cutie
He said to me, as he is putting a pencil behind his ear, "this is how you look smart."  :)
I didn't get this pic but then he put another pencil behind his other ear and said, "Look mommy, now I'm extra smart!"

Have a GREAT weekend!


  1. What a little cutie! Love the Grade countdown...=)

    A+ Firsties

  2. Your plant experiment looks so fun! I don't teach plants anymore :( Here's hoping you get a few more bean sprouts when you get back on Tuesday!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  3. Hi Tori!
    Your plant unit looks like it was a HUGE hit! And your summer countdown is a fabulous idea! Loved finding you through the 5 for Friday linky and I am so happy to be a new follower!
    Happy Memorial Day!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe