Friday, December 6, 2013

Five for Friday{December 6th}

I'm joining Doodle Bug's Five for Friday weekly linky party. It really is the best way to share and summarize our week.  Speaking of weeks, I have have two left until I leave my school. TWO. My goodness, I'm going to miss my school, my teacher friends, and my students so very much. 
1) We made foldables for our Science lessons this week. Our focus has been on how waves, tides, currents, and storms affect barrier island, beaches, inlets, and estuaries. My partner teacher plans all of Science and does a fabulous job with it!


  
2) One of my favorite things is doing novel studies in ELA that correlate to our Social Studies standards. I LOVE our 5th grade Social Studies standards. This week we began our unit on Lyddie, which is the story of a young girl who goes to Lowell, Massachusetts to work in a factory, trying to pay off debts on their family farm.  We have some very special activities planned for the end of this unit, which just so happens to be my last day.
We are writing chapter summaries in a booklet we made.

3) Y'all know my love for 5th grade Social Studies. This week, we've learned all about WWI. We've taken notes in our notebooks and looked at lots of pictures.  We've really studied life in the trenches.  It's hard to imagine what those soldiers lived through.

4) After we assess the WWI unit next week, we begin a unit that I have been waiting all year for....the Roaring Twenties!! I personally find this part of history SO interesting and cannot wait to study/teach it next week! 1920's fashion, entertainment, etc... I cannot wait!!!
  

  
  5) Just a quick update on our moving situation...

We are officially moving out of our house within days.  I have SUCH mixed feelings. I'm so excited about our new house, which we hope to move into just days before Christmas. At the same time, it just saddens me to move out of the house we've called home for 6 years and especially because it's the house we brought our son home to.  For the next two weeks, we'll be living in a hotel (you can imagine my excitement....[enter sarcasm]).  I have 10 days left to teach my 5th graders and 3 of those will be with the new teacher, who is Australian, by the way. The kids met her and loved her. Again, so bittersweet! I want them to love her and I'm so glad they are so intrigued by her. I'll be honest, it was really hard to let her "take over" when she came to visit and just kind of sit back...it's going to be hard to let go of those reins, so to speak.  Overall, just be thinking about us and keep us in your prayers over the next month as we begin our new journey. Bittersweet is the only word I can use to accurately describe what I'm feeling (as I type this with tears in my eyes). What a roller coaster of emotions I am on!

6 comments :

  1. Lana, a new adventure is beginning for you. I know how you feel about leaving your kiddos. When I first started teaching, I had to leave my class in the middle of the year too. It's hard breaking at the time. New doors are opening for you and a super bright future. Happy holidays.
    -Jaime
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

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  2. Keeping you in thought and prayer.

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  3. I love the notebooks! Hope you enjoy your new home!

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  4. I hope everything goes well with the new move!!!

    Jamie

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  5. As you typed that with tears in your eyes..... My eyes got a little misty reading that. I was imagining my own self having to let go and watch someone else take over my class.....yeah, teary-eyed. That's always difficult. My thoughts (and heart) go out to you during this difficult transition. Good luck with all of it!!! : )

    Ali
    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

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  6. Wishing you safe travels and I know that good things lie ahead for you and your family! Sending hugs your way!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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