Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Peek At My Week

Today I'm linking up with Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for "A Peek at my Week."

We're taking the written exam for Science...and then the state testing is FINALLY over! Woohoo!!!!

We have 19 days left of school. Tuesday is a pretty normal day this week. Honestly, I think it's our last normal day of the school year! At this point in June, we have assemblies, field trips, graduation practices, moving up ceremonies, etc.

We'll spend a bit of time today polishing up our writing portfolios. I use pizza boxes to compile the student writing near the end of the year. Each child has a pizza box. I take a picture of the child with a chef's hat and a checkered tablecloth background to place on the pizza box. Each child will make a take out menu type table of contents for their writing portfolio, listing all of the writing pieces they are including.

Fourth graders graduate from elementary school and move on to the middle school in my district, so we have a visit to the middle school this week. It gives the kids a chance to tour their new school, ask questions, meet the teachers, and get a little more comfortable.

I have a tradition near the conclusion of the school year. I try to do a countdown, and each day we do some fun activity. It keeps things fresh as the year winds down! I write these activities on slips of paper, put them inside balloons, hang the balloons from the classroom ceiling, and pop one each day!

Some activities we put inside the balloons:
Minute to Win It Games
Kickball Tourney
Reading Marathon
Ice Cream Party
Picnic Lunch Outside
Paper Airplane Contest
Popsicle Treat
Bubblegum Blowing Contest
Movie and Popcorn Day

I have each child earn raffle tickets throughout the day for walking quietly in the hallway and making good choices. The raffle tickets go into a jar and I use those tickets to choose kids who get to pop balloons each day. It really is a lot of fun!

So, we started the balloon popping extravaganza this week! The kiddos are super duper excited!

Well, the state assessments are over, but our school is doing a wee bit of field testing. The kiddos are going to be quite disappointed when they find out that their Friday morning will be consumed with field testing. 

Our class also has Fun Friday recess today. As long as kids did all assignments, homework, and behaved respectfully, they earn Fun Friday. Now that the weather is warm, Fun Friday is way easier for me to plan! The children are thrilled to go play on the playground and bring a kickball outside!

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