Five for Friday

I am linking up again this week with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share five things from my week!

 I started off my week by playing hookey!  Ha!  But for a VERY good reason...

The Giants home opener!

 We played some fun subtraction games this week.  This one is a classic and SO easy.  I call it simply "The Subtraction Bag Game."  Catchy, right?!  Place 10 objects in a brown paper bag (I used sea animals).  You'll need a number line from 0-10 and a clothes pin.  Students play in partners.  
Player 1 has the number line with the clothes pin on number 10.
Player 2 takes a hand full of sea animals out of the bag.  
Player 1 moves the clothes pin down the number line to find the difference.
Player 2 takes the rest of the sea animals out of the bag to confirm.
They then say the number sentence (10-2=8).
Easy peasy!

 We did Tara West's close read on Butterflies this week.  My kinders have really stepped up their game with our close reading this year.  I have been so impressed by the conversations and the level at which they have been able to use the text as evidence to respond to questions.  If you teach Kindergarten, you have to check out her Close Reading units!

 You can't study insects and not observe caterpillars!  Ours came this week and we have been learning all about the life cycle of the butterfly.  I love this time of year!

I introduced my kinders to our new Touchtronic Letters this week!  They LOVED them!

Head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching to see what everyone else has been up to this week!


  1. Yay, baseball!! :) We are LOVING our butterflies this week, too! There are so many things we can do to build on learning, and I love having LIVE examples in our classroom. I think we are going to have to play your math game next week! Happy Friday!!
    Very Perry Classroom

  2. What a great week you had! I am jealous of your caterpillars! I would love to do that in my classroom. The touchtronic letters look like so much fun, where are they from? I would love to hear more about them! Have a great weekend!

    Teach Talk Inspire

  3. Hi Andrea! I'm so glad we connected through the IG linky! I definitely plan to follow along and would love to collaborate again. We are doing caterpillars in two weeks! So much fun! I hope you have a great weekend!
    Once Upon a Classroom: A Teacher's Tales

  4. Such a good reason to play hooky! Anytime I would play hooky for a baseball game (which I may have done almost once a year when I was teaching) I would get so paranoid that I would end up on the jumbo tron or the tv broadcast or something and get busted! It never happened but it is tricky when you are supposed to be teaching but you just want to be a carefree adult for the day! I'm glad you got to enjoy your day off! The weather looked perfect for baseball.

    Sara J Creations

  5. Thanks for sharing! That subtraction game is a great idea, I'm sure my kids would love it too!!


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