Five for Friday...or Saturday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a quick Five for Friday before I jump head first into my huge to-do list for this weekend.

I just finished a great book that I had a hard time putting down!  If I had the time, I would have read it in one day.  It was The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf.  It would be a perfect spring break read!

Another great read I finished last week was The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  If you love historical fiction with lots of misery like my friend Rachel, you will love this one!

It's almost April, and we still have snow on the ground here!  What's not covered in snow is brown and dingy.  Can't wait until things start to green up around here!

In the meantime, this is where we are headed in five days, sunny (it better be!) Orlando! My brother-in-law works at Disney World, and we are packing up and heading for some fun in the sun.  Tower of Terror, here I come!

Last but not least, it is finally fourth marking period!  Hurray!  It is a wonderful but challenging time of the year in a fifth grade classroom.  So, this is when I have to pull out all the stops to keep my kiddos in line, I'm talking money, folks.  I always do a classroom economy system during the last marking period of the year, and it works wonders! Students must earn money by doing their job (being a responsible, hardworking student), and they have to pay bills such as utilities fees and rent.  My students earn cash each morning but also deposit money into their bank accounts for safekeeping.  

Students also have the opportunity to buy privileges with the money they have saved, and the rest of their savings gets to be spent at the auction I hold on the last day of school.  I have never seen kids follow directions so quickly and quietly as they do when they think they might earn a dollar!

You can find my Classroom Economy Set which includes ledger book printables, dollar printables, letters to parents, mini poster, and helpful tips at my TPT Store.

Check out all the other Five for Friday fun at Doodle Bugs Teaching!

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