Five for Friday - Oct. 4

My donated WalkKits came this week! That means I get to start implementing {The Walking Classroom} soon! If you have not heard of The Walking Classroom, I first read about it last May over at {Teaching in Room 6}.  They are essentially MP3 players that are preprogrammed with 5th grade Common Core lessons. The idea is that kids walk during each episode that lasts 10-15 minutes, combining activity with learning! You can flat-out buy them, but at $100 each, that was out of my budget. (Wait, do I even get a budget?!) So I jumped on the waiting list in May, and I was notified a week or so ago that I was chosen to receive a set of 26! Stay tuned to read about our sure-to-be amazing experiences with this!

I was thrilled on Wednesday to find that one of my favorite (non-teacher and not always suitable for work) blog writers had posted again after a long absence. If you have not checked out {Hyperbole and a Half} (and have a somewhat twisted sense of humor), you totally should. Check out the "Best of" on the sidebar. My absolute favorite is {A Better Pain Scale}. I snort-laugh EVERY TIME I read it, especially #7. I'm getting tears in my eyes just thinking about it...

Somewhere along the way I lost my voice. Which will be awesome when I have to...

This weekend I get to participate in the University of Iowa's Homecoming festivities! I was a member of the marching band for five *ahem* years and made some wonderful memories and long-lasting friendships (and marriage)! The highlight is getting to march once again in front of 70,000 fans on game day. We will report early in the morning to practice the pregame drill and music (which has pretty much been embedded in my brain). Then we will be marching pregame, which is still a pretty big thrill :) This is the point in the year where I remember that I forgot to take my instrument in for repairs and I forgot to lose that extra twenty pounds that would make marching easier ;)

This weekend I am celebrating my 1,000 TpT follower milestone. My entire store will be 20% off this weekend, and I am hosting a Rafflecopter for a $20 TpT gift certificate. Ten runners-up will have their choice of one item from my store.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I love the idea of The Walking Classroom. I'm going to talk with my partner about looking in it.

    Thank you!

    Fit to be Fourth
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  2. Congratulations on 1,000 followers!

  3. Congratulations on your huge milestone!


  4. Looking forward to reading that blog!!! Great pic and congrats on your huge milestone! You're amazing! Just blogged about your giveaway!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. How awesome is it that you get to relive your glory days with the marching band? Love it! Congratulations on your TpT milestone! You're simply amazing. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  6. Congratulations on reaching that incredible milestone! :) I am also very interested in The Walking Classroom - that sounds awesome! I can't wait to read future blog posts about your experience with it! BTW, enjoy that Iowa game tomorrow...Go HAWKS!
    Crafting Connections

  7. Marching band rocks!
    Hope you have a good time at the game!


  8. Congratulations on the 1,000 followers! I just got my WalkKits too! I meant to bring them home this weekend to put the batteries in. I can't wait to use them!

    Life in Room 24

  9. I think the walking classroom should be amazing! You will have to blog about it and let us know how it goes over with the kids! I wish they had something like that for Canadian curriculum! Congrats on your big milestone! You look like you have been super busy!

  10. I've never heard of the Walking Kits! They seem so cool! Congrats on your milestone!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  11. Thank you SO MUCH for posting about Hyperbole and a Half. I have spent entirely too much time this weekend reading old posts there and laughing at them. The illustrations are quite possibly my favorite part. I'm glad you shared that little gem of comic relief! :)

    - Sarah Beth
    Miss White's Classroom

  12. Congratulations on your milestone!!
    Thanks for the link to the other blog - literally LOL!!

  13. Congrats on your achievement! I am a Hawkeye, too. I love visiting Iowa City in the summer and pointing out all my favorite spots to my husband. We went to a jazz concert on the Old Capitol grounds this much fun!

  14. Wow! I have never heard of The Walking Classroom - it sounds like an awesome idea. It's such a fantastic way to get our kids up and moving. I cannot wait to see how to runs in your classroom! :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  15. Congrats on all of your followers, that is a huge accomplishment! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  16. Congrats on your accomplishments. I had never heard of The Walking Classroom and I just applied to hopefully earn some for my classroom. I'm excited and I hope I hear something!


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