A Freezing Cold Five for Friday!

It's my second cold day in a row, so I'm taking advantage of this time and linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

I finished a great book this week, One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes.  I have to say it is the best book I have read in a really long time! 

Fletch and Emmitt have really been snuggling in this cold weather!  I'm surprised Fletch lets Emmitt near the pillow...it's only because he doesn't have a sock.  When Fletch has a sock, Emmitt knows to steer clear!

I'm so excited that the last couple areas in the house are getting finished up!  Last weekend our front hall closet got done!

Our entertainment center will hopefully be done in the next week or so, and then we just have to wait til spring to get started on the yard!

For Valentine's Day, we made bubble art which I remember doing when I was a kid.  I was reminded when I saw this pin which explains exactly what to do. 

Soap bubble art paintings

Click on the picture to be taken to the original pin.  We had a lot of fun with this project!

They all turned out really well, too!

The kids have been getting a little antsy lately, so I had to come up with a new behavior management idea.  I decided to put a little twist on the good old Mystery Motivator.  This is how it works...I bought some red and green beads, four small glass bowls, and found some clear and white beads left over from a Christmas ornament project.  

When individual students or groups are being good, following directions, are on task, etc., I put green beads in the class bowl.  If the entire class is doing what they are supposed to be doing, I put in several green ones and throw in a white or clear one.  If students are not doing what they are supposed to be doing, I put in a red bead.  At the end of the day, I draw out one bead.  If I draw a green, then the class gets to reveal one space of their mystery motivator.  If a white or clear bead is drawn, they get to reveal two spaces of the sentence.  If a red bead is drawn, no spaces will be revealed that day.  :(

I used a pocket chart to spell out our mystery motivator sentence.  I printed and cut out the letters and then glued scrapbook paper on the back so they couldn't see through.  It's fun to listen to the kids try to figure out what the words must be as they reveal a letter at a time.  Once all the spaces are revealed, the class earns whatever the sentence says.  So far it's working like a charm!

Make sure you keep warm this weekend and check out the Five for Friday fun at Doodle Bugs Teaching!

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