I Love March!

March is my favorite month. March Madness, spring break, my birthday, an occasional Easter, maybe a snow day, spring bulbs starting to poke up through the ground - what's not to love?! And this year, I have spring break the week after my kids. So they'll spend spring break on "vacation" at my in-laws' place in the country (which is better than Disney, as far as they know), and I'll spend my spring break doing what I want to do, sans-kids. Which will most likely involve a pedi. And the hubby gets to work through it all :(

Time for Five for Friday and Friday Flashback! What fun linkies :)

1. On Monday we tried a cause and effect chain that I read about on My Teacher Friend. I did it a little differently than Brandi. I went through our most recent basal story and worked with the kids to create a green chain of events, ie. cause and effect. Then I assigned kids three to a group and told them to choose a different effect and finish the story from there in yellow. As you can see, some groups came to a quick ending.

2. Tuesday was a snow day (again)! While it's always fun in the moment, it's not as fun when June rolls around. We spent our snow day wearing tutus and baking cookies. And blogging. (Well, that one was just me.)
3. Wednesday was an early dismissal with professional development in the afternoon. The kids also shared their bands from social studies that day, but more about that in {this post}.

4. On Thursday, we discussed schedules. I am on the scheduling committee for next year, so I have to know what the rest of my fifth grade team wants. But I do have a question for my fifth grade/middle school bloggy buddies - How much time is written into your schedule for literacy? This year, we have fifty-five minutes (closer to forty-five after attendance, pledge, and lunch count) and then another half hour after lunch for "supplemental" (which is more like twenty minutes after they come in from outside and get into the classroom). We are going to be buying a new reading series (Journeys), and we know that we will not have enough time to teach it as written.

5. Things I'm loving to eat right now - Girl Scout cookies and combination popcorn! I LOVE Thin Mints and Caramel deLites. This year, my six-year-old decided that she wanted to join Girl Scouts RIGHT BEFORE COOKIE TIME! What timing! So we've had a lot in our house, but amazingly, I've shown great restraint. However, I can't say the same about combination popcorn. Butter, cheese, and caramel corn all mixed into one delicious salty/sweet snack!

Oh, and I got this lovely email last night - "Congratulations on winning 100 Free Brag Tags!  Thank you for entering the giveaway with A Cupcake for the Teacher." Woo-hoo! Now the difficult task of deciding which ones! They have a bunch of new ones :)

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  1. Sounds like an awesome week! I really like your cause-and-effect chain concept - and I am jealous of your snow day! It snowed allllll day today - and I watched it from my classroom window :)

    Oh well - we haven't had a SINGLE snow day this year, so we will be heading out to summer vacation on time, which is a perk.

    Happy weekend!

    Joy in the Journey

  2. Love the cause and effect chain! I'm going to have to try that one. I teach 5th grade Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies. By law in our state we have to have 90 minutes of uninterrupted reading time and we add on an additional 30 minutes for intervention (we're a Title 1 school), so all in all two hours. I can't imagine fitting that all into 50 minutes?! We are also adopting a new series next year but our county chose Pearson.

    Good luck!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

    1. We're like teaching twins - I'm also 5th grade literacy and social studies! *double-checking that I follow you* Since we're in the middle school, we have to fit the middle school schedule, thus only 50 minutes :(

  3. CONGRATS on winning brag tags!! I think they would be a great motivator!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  4. Love! Caramel Delights and Thin Mints. I have to buy a box for myself, my husband and my daughter because we don't like to share. LOL!
    And I am super jealous of a spring break all to yourself! :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

    1. I have been very good on not breaking into the boxes. I decided that I would wait to see what was leftover before I went crazy ;)

  5. Hi from your newest follower!

    Love the chain idea!

    I teach 5th and we are required to have 90 minutes of Reading/Language Arts. Throughout the day I end up having 20 minutes of Spelling/Grammar in the morning, 75 minutes of uninterrupted Reader's Workshop (broken up into a 15 minute mini-lesson + read-aloud and then two 30 minute blocks) Then I have a separate 30 minute Writer's Workshop after that.

    By the time you throw in 70 minutes of Math, a 30 minute lunch, a 30 minute recess, a 40 minute long Special and then 40 minutes of Science/S.S., that's our whole day!

    My Spring Break is already over. :( Enjoy yours!

    1. We are discussing alternating science and social studies. But with our state reporting, we can't really cut down these classes. Especially when I'm the social studies teacher :/

  6. Diane,
    You won my giveaway!!!! Check your email.

    My Journey to 5th Grade

  7. I love your cause and effect chain and I'm super jealous of your brag tag win!

    Teach Dream Inspire

  8. We had a snow day on Tues., too! It kind of made the week feel longer in a way though...like we had two Mondays!

    I teach at a junior high and we have separate classes for reading and English. Each class is 40-43 min.

    1. Hmm, that's interesting that they're separate classes. I wonder if we could do that...

  9. Congrats on winning the brag tags - how awesome! I have YET to win a blog giveaway! Those Caramel deLites are going to be the death of me....LOVE! :)

    I hear ya about the snow days, they're always great at the moment, but such a pain to make up! Luckily, we did not use any of ours this year!

    Teaching Maddeness

  10. Hi Diane, I love that Chain of Events idea. I am going to use that with our next story. We are going to read the City of Ember next. That might help them keep the sequence. I just did a post on book reports using dodecahedrons, my students loved it!
    We are a nice 60 degrees here, but would have loved some of that white stuff!
    Visit me at Teaching By The Sea


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