Happy Saturday! Five more days . . . I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. The hardest part is that I just want to have fun with my kids and the darn curriculum keeps getting in the way.
One of the things that keeps getting in the way of Fun in a First Grade Classroom is testing. And part of it is my fault (I know, I know! Just throw me in the Curriculum Correctional Facility!). Our second grade team gives a weekly Houghton Mifflin story comprehension/grammar/phonics skills test. And through some dialogue and team building exercises, the first grade team decided that we should start this habit around Theme 5 so that our kiddos are prepared for this in second grade. Plus, Theme 5 has ACTUAL stories, instead of a cat that sat on a mat and THAT’S ALL THAT HAPPENS.
I just started these last week. And I have been
lazy a quick thinker twice. Instead of giving the test on Friday, I wait until Monday. I re-read the story to them, we review the skill, and then we take the test. And honestly, after I get through the Spelling Test on Fridays, (keep your eyes on your own paper, move to the back table, I said no talking, sit down please, what do you mean your pencil broke again, can’t you wait to go to the bathroom–we’re in the middle of a test, stop poking her, hold on–I have to answer the phone, who is making that sound effect, stop drumming, are you EATING your pencils?) I’m just too tired to give another test.
I don’t know if you can use these or not, but here is Theme 5, Week 1 and Week 2. I have to confess that I don’t have Theme 5, Week 3 yet because when I created these last year, Week 3 fell right before Christmas break. And we didn’t take a test. Or pick up a pencil. Or do any kind of work at all. And I knew that’s the kind of day it was going to be so I just DIDN’T MAKE ONE.
Theme 5, Week 2
Two things before I go
sit my lazy butt on the couch clean the house and start laundry and do those progress reports . . .
First, how cute is that police officer clipart up there? I love him and wish the Curriculum Cops were that cute. I found him through Erin of Eberhart’s Explorers who found this clipart over at MelonHeadz Illustrating. She has tons of clipart for free and they are all just as cute as that!!!!!
Second (and last), 199 people have entered my giveaway for the $10 giftcard to Target over on Farley’s blog for the 12 Days of Christmas. The 199 thing is bothering me because I feel it should just be 200. If you haven’t entered, please go enter so that it’s not an odd number anymore. I’m starting to get hives over the oddness of it.
While you’re there, check out all of the other great giveaways going on, too! 🙂
All right, have a nice Saturday!!!! 🙂 Five more school days, five more school days, five more school days . . .