Five For Fr-aturday... lots of pictures to share! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Five For Fr-aturday... lots of pictures to share!

Five For Friday was going to happen yesterday- I had been planning the post in my head all week! But it just didn't happen. I was asleep by 9:00 last night! (Score one for Jivey!!) So we'll call this "Five For Fr-aturday." :o)
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So... it's been 76 days since our last school holiday. That would be LABOR DAY, people!! We had a "teacher work day" in October where the kids had a holiday, but that doesn't count because we were working. It has been a LOOOOONG year. And I say that in the most loving way possible... but we are ALL ready for a break in my room. And luckily, we've got it! Today is the first day of my week off- that's right, we get the whole Thanksgiving week off! HALLELUJAH! 

To make sure that all of my kiddos knew how much I loved them before they left me for a week, I wrote to each one of them why I am thankful for them.
You can pick up this freebie in my TPT store if you still have time to write notes to your little sweeties before your Thanksgiving break! As always, feedback is appreciated! :o) 
We are deep in Colonial Times in our Social Studies unit, so we were lucky enough to have a Colonial Day at our school! The kids had a BLAST!
They wrote with quill and ink.
They learned to tie knots on the knot boards.
They ground corn into meal.
They picked seeds out of cotton.
They made cornhusk dolls.
They learned how to weave on a loom.
They played colonial games like Jacob's Ladder and Corn Cob "Lincoln Logs."
 And they got to make their own cup and ball game!

The kids really loved being able to do so many hands-on things. It truly gave them a better understanding of colonial times. 
I shared with you on Wednesday about a fun writing activity we are doing. The next step in the activity is for them to practice on different topics- all fun, of course! I'm also going to link this up with my BBB Joanne for Sparking Motivation!
I put the different topics around the room and the students sprawled out on the floor to write about them. These two groups were working on writing about ice cream sundaes and theme parks... who WOULDN'T want to write about that?? :o)

Giving the kids time to NOT sit in their desk is a huge motivator for students, too.

The students have chosen one of their paragraphs that they think is their best to publish. They will hang in the hall around this poster:
Last, but certainly not least, I was so excited to be featured as a milestone seller on TPT this week! I was certainly feeling the love!! It is such an exciting feeling to know I'm able to help other teachers with my resources all over the WORLD! :o)

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!


  1. So lucky to be off for the week! Colonial Day looks so fun-so many hands on activities! I love your writing lesson! They love writing about things of interest to them. And, I agree, getting out of their seats to work is a huge motivator! Thanks for sharing and linking up bestie!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. Colonial days looks like so much fun!!! Did you just cut the pictures out from magazines for the topics??? I probably have food pics, but not sure about roller coasters??? Nancy Hanna

  3. I am very jealous of your week off - hope you enjoy it! I can't believe you have them write with quills and ink that is so awesome. I need to go back and read your post about writing it looks amazing and your students are totally into it. Thanks!!

  4. I love all your Five for Fraturdays! I really am still doing your Writing activity. Congratulations on your milestone! SO exciting!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. Congratulations on your milestone! That is quite an accomplishment, and you definitely earned it! Enjoy your time off!

    Eclectic Educating

  6. Jessica - Congrats on your big milestone...I'm so happy for you! I love all your Thanksgiving stuff. We used to do a big day like that with all those activities and then our school shrunk...I mean really like we lost 26 teachers... :o( We use to do those in rotations but now there's only me and sometimes someone else depends on the year. It's so lonely! LOL Have a great vacation my friend!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  7. I love all your colonial day activities! They look like great fun! Congratulations on reaching your milestone!
    Forever in Fifth Grade

  8. I love your colonial centers for your students. I am sure they had a blast!
    Congratulations again on reaching a TPT milestone!
    I'm totally jealous that you have a whole week off, enjoy every min. of it!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  9. What awesome activities! Does your whole school participate or just your class? Where do you get all of the supplies?? I feel famous for being on your screen shot! CONGRATS AGAIN! :)
    Pinkadots Elementary


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