Saturday, April 18, 2015

Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for another Five for Friday!
I'm putting my first, second and third all together. I got a little wordy and decided you wouldn't read my whole post if I wrote much more!
We've been having so much fun retelling fairy tales and singing all the songs that go along with them. We set up Goldilocks and The Three Bears in the house area (the setting), with three bowls, three chairs of different sizes and three beds. Then we chose our actors (the characters). Next, we had our audience sit appropriately and learn the proper etiquette to being at a performance (no yelling or whistling and polite clapping). HA!

Finally, the performance.

Hilarious is all I can say. My kids have the Three Bears Rap DOWN and sang the whole time. In other words, we had a musical performance.

Here's a picture of the apron cards. We sing the rap and I move the cards.

 Next, we performed The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We happen to have the best balcony for this story. And we also have the perfect place for the Troll to hide in the cubbies right below the "bridge!" This is the only picture I could find of our balcony, but you get the picture...
I read the Rap and they did all the sound effects. Those clip clop noises got louder and louder. The goats and troll said all their lines with great enthusiasm. Here's some of our rap...Get the rhythm going first!

This is the story of the Billy Goats Gruff.
A family of three who lived on a bluff.

All day they would wander around like goat kings
Eating grass, butting heads, and doing other goat things.

Until one day they woke up before it was dawn
To find that the grass on their bluff was all gone.

But across the creek was another big hill,
And that one was green and had grass on it still.

So to get to that grass, they just had to sneak.
Across the bridge, that crossed the creek.

But under the bridge lived an ugly green troll,
And protecting the bridge was that troll's only goal.

And as long as they could remember, as long as they'd lived,
They'd always been too scared to cross over the bridge.

Then the little goat said: "I'll be the first to go!
Maybe he won't hear me if I just tip toe."

Clip, clop, clip, clop, he started across,
But immediately the troll appeared from the moss.

Anywho, they had a blast! We used our sequencing cards in the apron too. I left the cards in the big pocket chart and let the kids retell the story with their friend for one of their station activities.

Yesterday we worked on The Three Little Pigs. I have to get Susanna Westby's Three Piggies Rap to go with the cards!! Anything that we sing sticks in our minds better! We used our cards and sequenced the story and then we set the stage.

We let the kids work in groups to build the straw house with easter basket grass. Super messy!!!!!!!

 Straw house
Does anyone else hate this stuff?
 Stick house
Brick house
What fun!
An academy award winning performance, I tell 'ya!
Now, when it's time to write about the story elements, my class will have all the information they need in their heads.
But that's another post...

Here's another reason why our janitor is counting the days until I retire...
I use packing tape to make ten frames and number lines on my carpet. I really need to look and see if Joyce from Sit Spots makes long strips for the floor in addition to her wonderful sit spots...

 We've been using this number line to hop out our addition and subtraction problems but have also found that we can use our cars as well. We simply put the car in reverse for subtraction!

By the way, my best piece of advice to new teachers is to be good to the janitors and secretaries. Cleaner room and no parent surprises if you win these very important people over. I always shake my head and walk away when I hear a new teacher treating the secretaries or janitors poorly. Not only is it the wrong way to treat anyone, this is NOT A GOOD IDEA!!!!
Look at this journal writing that one of my little guys did this week. 
We had a book fair at school and he forgot to bring money. 
Broke my heart. 

I saw on Facebook a post about having your kids write about what they wished their teacher knew. 
I can see that I need to try that with my kids.
I wish I knew about this sad little guy.
He could have helped me pick out books for our class to purchase
(and maybe one for himself).


A little girl ran into my room all excited this week, exclaiming that she found the key to China.
 I was so happy for her and asked if I could see it. :)
I had to take a picture!

Happy weekend, everyone!


  1. I love the key to China! You are giving your kids so many rich experiences to remember and write about! I feel like so many kids don't have real life experiences to write about. Your room is awesome! My troll hides under a table as the goats go over the top... Ha! I love those aprons! Xox

  2. Ahhh! The writing is so good, yet so sad. Poor little guy.

    Looks like you have some awesome stuff going on!

    Made with Love

  3. Hi Sandy! Is the whole goat rap with the cards in your TPT store? I'll check. Try the paper easter grass when you need grass or "straw." It is a lot easier to clean up than the other kind. And I LOVE the China story... Makes perfect sense to me!! See you around. Kathleen
    Kidpeople Classroom