Five for Friday: January 22

Obviously, blogging more was not one of my resolutions this year. I figured that Five for Friday was a great way to get back into the swing of things around here!

Tuesday was our 100th day of school! I used the free app Aging Booth to age my students and then they wrote about what their life would be like when they are 100 years old. They were cracking up at all their photos! I even had one mom message me on Class Dojo telling me how much her child loved the activity. Priceless.

During math, we explored to see what we could create with 100 chips, 100 linking cubes, and 100 pattern blocks. We had some interesting creativity.


We had a week off from our reading series, so we focused on Mo Willems this week. We are huge fans of Elephant and Piggie books in our classroom, so I knew it was going to be a hit. I always have Elephant and Piggie books out for Read to Someone, and I added a few more Mo Willems books this week. They were in heaven! 

We used the Mo Willems Author Study packet from Susan Jones to extend our thinking. I really like the kid who said he wouldn't let the pigeon drive the bus because then he might have to pay his medical bills. 

We also learned all about Martin Luther King Jr. this week! I borrowed a lot of ideas from Katie at Teacher to the Core, including the character sort with easter eggs. We also wrote our own dreams, using this freebie from Fun in First

We only get to go on one field trip in first grade, so I love it when exciting opportunities come to us. Kasey the fire dog came to visit this week, and the adorable dogs taught us all kinds of important fire safety tips. They showed us how to stop, drop, and roll, as well as how to check the door to see if it's hot. These are some seriously talented dogs!  

I cannot express how much we love in our class! When we first started trying it out, I had no idea how much the students would love it or how many practical skills it would help them learn. Now, we use our computer lab time every Friday for code and the students are always eager to get started. I created a class account, and every student has a partner. Each pair has their own login, and it tracks their progress for them. It's great because students know what they have already done, and they can try different things and master new levels. They do an awesome job of working together, and they get up and switch roles without me even reminding them anymore! I highly recommend trying out Course 1 on

Enjoy your weekend!

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