Photo Friday! {and FREEBIES}

A little bit of this and a little bit of that!

Here is a quick peek into our classroom on Photo Friday:

[Our sweet little Star of the Week!]
I left that smile in there because she was CHEESIN' all week long! As our first star of the week she was thrilled to be our line leader and helper. She was also beyond happy to take home this little book we made for her today and to quote my little lady "ohmigod, my mom is going to be SO proud of me!!!" Warm fuzzies all over!!

The inside:
"she is a really nice friend"

"because she is special" lol
"she is fun and funny"

My {Star of the Week} booklet is always a BIG hit and is in my store for FREE!
If you want to download, just click on the image below:

Next we have the Investigations math game, Counters in a Cup.
We have been working on subtraction and finding missing parts and my students loved this game on Tuesday. Naturally, I brought it back for "fun" Friday (A.K.A. regular day but Ms. Moran smiles a lot and keeps saying over and over that everything is so FUN! - kids are so easy to trick)
Start with 10 counters. Students work in pairs to hide some of the counters under a cup while their partner isn't looking. Partner turns around, records how many counters are outside the cup and tries to figure out how many are underneath. Easyyyyy and fun!

[Happy Birthday!]
I am
 I don't have a huge birthday display or a cape or a party for my birthday kids.
No time.

I do, however, draw a little puppy with a party hat on a card and throughout the day I gather quotes from the other students about the birthday student! I compile them into one card, read it aloud and we sing our hearts out. My favorite quotes of today were "I have a big crush on him" and "He is crazy in a good way!"

Lastly, we learned a wee bit about our 5 senses today!
First we read this book and had a pretty thorough discussion about our 5 senses and how they help us to be aware of our surroundings.

Then we completed a 5 Senses flipbook I made:
 They had to write down three things they could see, hear, taste, feel, and touch. Pretty simple? Yah, but it was a quick formative assessment to let me see who was getting it and who wasn't.

If you'd like the flip book I uploaded it to googledocs. Just click below!

Happy weekend!


  1. Thank you for the freebie! Love it!

  2. Great assessment and the kids think its all fun:) Ha!

    The Resourceful Apple

  3. I love your star of the week book and counters in a cup game. Thanks for sharing!!
    I'll be doing both of these real soon;)

    The Busy Busy Hive

  4. Great freebie!! I love seeing your kids at work. Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. Very cute...everything!!

    "I have a big crush on him" is my favorite!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

    1. lol - she had the biggest grin on her face when she said it! I thought his parents would appreciate reading that one :)

  6. I use your Star of the Week book each week! The kids LOVE to get it on Friday. Thank you!!

    1. That makes me SO happy!!!! Thank you for letting me know that Amy :) It makes those kiddos feel so special!

  7. Bwhahahahahahaha . . . I love this entire post. From the "crush" statement to the "flip" freebie (hopefully that ain't a certain finger that goes with flip . . . hehehehe), I am on cloud nine after reading this puppy. Oh, how I heart you Ms. Moran :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

    1. mwuahahaha... only sometimes does it contain that finger! Just kiddingggggg! Heart ya girl!

  8. What a totally terrific blog post, Susan! You Star of the Week freebie is awesome and I am in love with the 5 senses flip book. I am sooooooooooo using it! Thanks for your kindness and generosity!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

    1. Lori, you are awesome! Thanks for swinging by and leaving me sweet comments :)

  9. The booklet is SO cute! I want to be "Star of the Week"! Thanks for the freebies!:D

    1. :) I know right?!? I am always tempted to make myself "Star of the Week" and see what kind things my students can say about me! Ha!

  10. Wow! I just found your blog tonight and I'm so excited! Thanks so much for the awesome freebies! :)

    1. Mrs. Ryan - I am glad to have you!! Thanks for finding me :)

  11. Adorable 5 Senses book-- Thank you!

  12. WHAT THE . . . ???!!!???? I just clicked on over to check your blog out and I'm speechless!!!!!!
    1. For the awesome post ~ hello superstar of week here I come, PERFECT for my class - PINNED YA
    2. For the super sweet shout out you gave me in your last post
    3. For your new look ~ I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

    1. Lol - Stacy you just made me really laugh outloud! Love ya girl!

  13. I love the new design. I featured your senses on my science blog!

    1. Whaaaat?! Heading over now to check it out!

  14. YOur new design is great! Thanks so much for all the cute freebies:)

    Surfin' Through Second

  15. I absolutely love the freebie and the new blog design - thanks for sharing and showing pictures of your room.


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