June 21, 2013

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. June 21}


Happy 1st Day of Summer!

It has been a busy, busy week! And, I am a little worried about how fast my summer vacation is going. I have been out of school for over a month. It will be time for me to head back before I even know it. We start next school year the first week in August.

Yikes! I guess I better start on that summer to-do list!!!!


I spent all day Monday finishing up and listing my newest units. They are short vowel practice units. You can purchase them separate or as a bundled set. Here is the blog link with more details.

Short Vowel Practice Unit


On Wednesday I helped with another art/craft project at our local library. We made these super easy and fun dinosaurs this week!  Our art teacher from my school is in charge and my mom and I helpers!


Wednesday afternoon, I had to go to my school to do some testing on a student for next year. While I was there the summer art workshop was going on. The girls were painting an owl canvas and the boys were painting the cutest red jeep picture! I loved seeing their work and also seeing the kids. 


If you have read much of my blog before you know how much I think our students are blessed to have an amazing art program and talented art teacher! She is a blessing to our school!



Are you going to the I Teach K conference in Vegas next month? I am sending 2 gift cards  with Rachelle to give away at the Teacher/Blogger Meet-up. You can have a chance to win some of my stationery.


I need to spend some time this weekend adding some fun apps to these. What are your favorite apps to use with your students? Please share!


Join the Five for Friday linky party by posting five random things from this week or today and blogging about it on your blog. Add you blog link below!

Happy Weekend!!



  1. My students love Math Bingo and Math Ninja-they are both a great way to practice math facts.

  2. Wow - that art is awesome! Love your dinosaurs! I love Spelling Test. It's a free app that you speak the weekly words into. I also love the Storia app too - great comprehension activities that go along with popular trade books!

    Lucky to Be in First

  3. I love having art in school - just wish there was more time for it :)

  4. I am so jealous of your art program! Now I want to go paint!

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane

  5. Absolutely love the owl art project! Have fun at the conference!

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  6. I just posted a link to 50 great apps for teachers on my blog post! Have a great time at the conference!
    Tori's Teacher Tips

  7. My students love Futaba Word Games, Math Ninja, and Splash Math. Gah, there are a ton more they love but I have to dig my ipad out to find the titles! I cannot believe how many great free apps are out there. I started by searching for free math and free word games and I found some excellent ones! :)

    Fashion Craze Learning Days

  8. Bee-Bot
    Little Patterns Shapes
    Animals Matching Game

    Here are just a few that are good mind building apps.

    There are so many out there!

    Third Grade Galore

  9. Those art projects will be so cute in their bedrooms! They are so fortunate to have that art experience!

  10. Thanks for hosting this linky! I've been following it for quite some time now, enjoying everyone's weekly activities! I FINALLY had time today to join in!

    The Teacher's Desk 6

  11. I love apps that let the kids create things much. My favorite two for the iPad are popplet and haiku deck. In haiku deck, they can add pictures and make a mini slideshow presentation. It would be good for story writing too. The kids can add their own pictures or choose from some free ones that they have. It's super cool!

    The Learning Chambers

  12. Those art projects are adorable. I feel like the summer has been going by way too quickly!!!! Aug. 7th is coming WAY too fast!

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  13. Next year will be my first year teaching 1st grade. I previously taught 4th grade. In 4th grade I used Words Their Way for our spelling. Having to give each group their spelling test worked... But I would like to find a more efficient way. I would like to use a spelling app for testing at some point...but it seems the ones I have found are for individual users. Does anyone know of a spelling app I could use to set up tests for multiple students!?

  14. Wow! It looks like you all have a wonderful art program - what a blessing. Also, super cute dinos! :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  15. Does the art teacher have a blog or a pinterest board? Those projects are awesome!

  16. Hi @Abbey Nelson ... www.spellingcity.com will do what you want it to. You can add the kids spelling list and then they have multiple games/activities that the kids can do to practice their spelling words. Hope that helps.

    The Learning Chambers

  17. Thanks for keeping this Linky going! I love getting to see everyone's top 5 of the week. I love the art setup. The kiddos look so professional with their easels.

  18. Thanks Stephanie for the information :). I will check it out!

  19. Those dinosaurs are the cutest!! I may have to add those to the plan for next week. Thanks for the idea :)

  20. I'll be at I Teach K!

    Check out smartappsforkids.com. I have picked up many great apps for the iPad!

  21. I am not a k teacher (3rd grade) but Vegas is just a couple hours away so I'm going!! I hope I am lucky enough to win you great goodies! I agree with Chrissy, you can sign up for an email from smart apps for kids, every day they list apps that are free for that day only. They also review app too. My school iPad is FULL!!! This summer I plan to spend more time with the apps to keep the very best & delete the rest so I have room for those that WILL be offered in the future. Thanks for the linky...I plan to link up tomorrow ...already after eleven right now!

  22. My students really like Candy Count, Sushi Monster, and Hello! Crayon. I would love to know about any others you find. I am always looking for other apps for the I-pad.

    Ms Richards's Musings

  23. Thanks for hosting this every week. I always look forward to it. I'm sad that it's already late Sunday night and I'm just getting around to linking and reading everyone's, but hey--life happens right?!

    Always an Adventure in Kindergarten

  24. Can't seem to link to your Pete the Cat unit...any suggestions?