Five for Friday - Allergy Season!

It is that time! I have not been able to keep up with doing the Five for Friday every week, but I am aiming for 2 a month. 

It is allergy season here in New England. I thought maybe with the crazy cold, snowy winter there would be less pollen, but I guess not! Even my eyes are itchy, and after 12 years of allergy shots, I usually fare pretty well. More than the usual number of kiddos are suffering. Red eyes, itchy skin, throats, sniffing, sneezing, and coughing. Feel so bad for them! Plus no a/c here in my school so I have to have the windows open most of the time.

Next week the pollen should be gone right? Anyway here are my 5!

Cute craft! We have a wonderful volunteer at our school who we call Grandpa Curt. He has been coming to our school for at least 10 years. One of his hobbies is woodworking. He has made cradles for just about every staff member who has had a baby. He also loves to put together little projects to do with our classes. I don't know where I have been but I never had him come into my room - until recently! He brought in supplies to have the kids make "recipe holders" or "picture holders". It was perfect because it was right before Mother's Day!

Here are a few of the items used: clothespins, sharpies, a wood base that is part of a real tree, a rod, a wooden cube and you can't see here but some wooden cut out shapes for the top.

She is working on something else, but look how organized she is. She put everything neatly on the side of her desk!

Here is a nice shot of one of the finished products!

 In process! Love the colors!


 Working hard!

 2 finished products!

Phew! I finished another new and very helpful one (to me and my class, but hopefully to others as well). It is meant as a sister product to my Swimming into Summer LA Pack. It is called: Swimming into Summer Math Pack. I designed it so that it would be easy, little or no-prep to do with your students at the end of the year, OR to send home some or all with your kiddos to keep them fresh over the summer. Have to prevent that "Summer Slip and Slide" as I call it!  Here is a  look at what you will find inside. Click on any of the images to pick it up at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. It will be in my Teachers Notebook shop soon, too. I will tell you when it is up there!

If you want specifics, here is a look at the cover and one of the 8 printables I call "No Summer Slip and Slide Practice" - 1 for each week of summer. 

I included some  geometry shape hunts that are designed to do at home in the summer but you could use them as homework now or in class review.

 I love my cut and glues! There is an array match cut and glue where you match up the arrays with the number models, and another one where you match up the array with a matching number story.

These are sample pages from a multiplication ice cream themed match up. It is also in black and white so you can save on the color ink.

There are also double and triple digit addition and subtraction cut and glue and these Summer Shopping Task Cards.

Finally if you're in desperate need of telling time activities, try this puzzle. My class tried it today and it was super fun. They were challenged by the clocks where there were 50 minutes and 55 minutes.

Learning about rockets! One of the student's fathers came in to teach us a bit about rocks. We learned about GPS, satellites, orbits, thrust, gravity, drag, trajectories, and more!

This stomp rocket helped us experiment with different launch angles and different force of jumps to figure out how high and how far the rockets could go and what the trajectories would be.

We asked a lot of interesting questions about black holes and things I had barely any knowledge of. (PS don't mind my messy room-it's the end of the year and some things are getting disorganized and in rough shape!)

Someone asked why we can't see the sun in the night if its a star. What a great teachable moment! Time to get out the globe! delivered ! Here is my new obsession! I saw it on Netflix but I HAD to get it for the special features! Click on the images to see them at Amazon.

Bailey got something too. Trying this out to see if it helps his hip pain.

Season 2 on the left does play in America but Season 3 seems to only be out for British DVD Players. :( Please release it soon in  for America! On the right is the pet warmer pad roller out!


We had School spirit day - theme: Mismatch Day ! And sorry to say, this is what I wore. Miss Mawn was Miss Mismatched !!! Don't look directly at me!

Hope you are well and have a restful weekend. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I've wondered about doggie heating pads! Love the stomp rockets!! Such a cute idea, and a lot of fun!

    1. Thanks! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  2. Yuck to allergies! Our local news called it the "Pollen Vortex"! I love the idea of mismatched day. That would be lots of fun, and many of our kids wouldn't have to do anything to participate!

    Feel better!
    Reading Toward the Stars

    1. Cool! Maybe you can suggest that at your school for next year ( I am guessing you are done or about to be done, so there isn't time this year)!
      "Pollen Vortex". Sounds like a Jerry Bruckheimer action movie!