Five For Friday Flashback... Last Day of May! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Five For Friday Flashback... Last Day of May!

Happy Friday! This was my first full week of summer break... and for those of you still in school, counting down the days, don't be too jealous of me... just think: when you're still loving your summer on July 31, I'll be back at school for PRE-PLANNING! Ugh!!

Anyway, time to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and Teaching Maddeness!
My first week of summer still had teacher work in it! I presented about extended texts at a literacy conference on Tuesday, and then Thursday, my fourth grade team got together to look over some data from last school year and plan out the road map for the first nine weeks. Whew!! I will also be reading these books over the summer:
I've read Notebook Know-How before, but I've seen several bloggers talk about it recently so it makes me want to read it again! The other two books will be new reads... :o)
I know we all have our own classrooms to buy for, so I am not asking any of you to donate... but if you WANT to, I certainly won't complain! And for the next seven days, Donors Choose will match all donations dollar for dollar if you enter the code INSPIRE. :)
I started working on the Second Mentor Sentence Unit, too! I can't wait to reveal it- it's got some fun November, December, and January themed books in it! Yesterday, I offered a freebie from the new unit. Check it out if you missed it! :o) And for those of you who are new to my blog and have no idea what Mentor Sentences are... check out the tab at the top of my blog called Mastering Mentor Sentences! Collaboration Cuties and I did a series a while back on how we implement them in the classroom, and all the links are there!
So, my REAL summer break I say will start next week at the beeeeeeeeeeach!! My mom, sister, grandmother, and I will be leaving for Florida on Monday for a week!
All that is packed so far is my swimsuit........ do I really need anything else anyway?? :o)
Finally, I am WOMAN, hear me ROAR!!! :-P
I installed this ceiling fan this morning ALL BY MYSELF! Just call me Home Depot Girl! I'm pretty impressed with myself, honestly. It was not easy, and I've certainly never done anything like that before, so believe me when I say there were some inappropriate words flying and moments when I thought I was just going to quit... but I DID IT! :o)

That was my week, in a nutshell! Link up with Kacey and Amanda and let us know all about yours!


  1. I'm trying to get my students to get their Donors Choose thank-you notes done before break since my thank-you package due date is the second week of school! And congrats on the fan! Anything electrical scares me...

    Fifth in the Middle

  2. I'd have no idea how to install a fan - good for you!
    Maybe I should try a few projects over the summer!
    Whimsy Workshop 

  3. Haha, I have never installed a fan and have NO desire to. I've held a ladder and seen how difficult it is. Enjoy the beach, and I can't wait to see more of your mentor sentences. I will be waiting to add them to my cart!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  4. No, you do not need anything more than a bathing suit! Ok...maybe a sun dress and cute flip flops...aaaand a book, but that's it! Enjoy your vacation! :o)

  5. Awesome job on the ceiling fan! I am too afraid of anything electrical. Thanks for the freebie, I am super excited about using your product next school year!


  6. Every blog I read, they seem to be going to the beach. Definitely not fair! I am very envious of you. ADORABLE suit by the way! :) I have a slight obsession with suits. Have a wonderful time!

    Adventures in Room 204

  7. Let me know if Notice and Note is good. I have been eyeing it for a very long time. I just lose control and buy too many PD books! I love that swimsuit by the way! I am jealous of your trip to the beach! Enjoy!

    Eclectic Educating

  8. I am seriously impressed that you installed that ceiling fan by yourself! I have been considering that book Notice and Note for myself. You will need to post if it is any good. Have a fabulous girl time at the beach!
    Conversations in Literacy

  9. Yay for installing your own ceiling fan...I wouldn't have even tried. :) Have fun at the beach!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  10. ahahaha that post about the fan made me laugh!

    Have fun at the beach

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

  11. Hahaha, as a man with a wife who isn't really into electricity, I've installed quite a few fans and light fixtures in my time. There's nothing like your first one, right?! Now you know you can do it!

    You're right...we still go to school til June 11th, but my first day back for pre-planning is August 20th. That's 3 weeks past you. Crazy! Of course, I'm one of those who can't stay away and will get the itch to work in my room around mid July.

    I read the Book Whisperer last summer, maybe I'll try one of these this time around.

  12. You go girl, installing a ceiling fan solo! I did the lights in our bathroom but that was straight up switching a 3 wires - a fan, that is impressive. Have a great time at the beach. I only have The Book Whisperer on my list so far but still have 4 weeks to go so....
    So happy to hear that you are going to continue making mentor text resources - there are loads of us newbies out here that really appreciate your help and guidance.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  13. Happy summer, I have 4 more days! Look at you presenting stuff..way to go!!! Enjoy your weekend.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  14. Rock on!! Way to embrace your inner DIY with the ceiling fan! I'm really looking forward to the next set of mentor sentences!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  15. Thank you for sharing your return to school date. I do feel better and am not at all jealous. Enjoy your beach vacay!


  16. Who are you??!! You're a jack of all trades! I'll let my husband, who works for Lowe's, know you can do some subcontracting! You're awesome! Notice and Note is in my cart-my friend that teaches middle school just told me about it two days ago! Must be great if you both found it!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  17. Good for you for doing that ceiling fan all by yourself! I can wield a paint brush like their is no tomorrow, but that is about the extent of my home improvement abilities. :) We are done next week and have in service two weeks before we go back this time. Which I really like as we will actually have time to implement cool PD things that we learn.
    Enjoy your vacation!
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

    1. Ugh, THERE NOT THEIR! *shaking my head*

  18. Wow!!! I am so impressed that you installed that all by yourself- you are amazing!!!

    I love your mentor sentences- can't wait for new stuff!!

    Koonce’s Korner

  19. Every time you you flip the switch for that ceiling fan you'll be so proud of your self! I enjoy reading your posts! Have fun at the beach!


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