Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pizza, Pizza Fractions, Pop Rocking Fun and the Tale of the Crashing 2TB Hard Drive

Hi Folks!!
I know I know the title hooked ya right? I’m one for seeing the glass half full, most of the time. So I’ll share some of the fun we’ve had this week now that the dreaded SACS visit is over. “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground. Looking like a fool wit cha pants on the ground.” That song has been tumbling through my head all week, and I don’t know why.

Pizza Pizza Fractions


I pinned all these wonderful ideas for fractions and came up with this for my class this week.  I remembered the pizza clip art I’d purchased a few months ago, so I created about five different kinds of  pizzas and created a recording sheet. They really enjoyed it. They had to find the fractional part of each of their pizza toppings.
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We also completed these wonderful Fraction Pillars from the wonderful Cara Carroll’s Fraction Action Kit
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Pop Rocking Fun


As a reward for making it through the most stressful week of my life, I treated my students to Abby’s Fun Pop Rocking Descriptive Writing activity. This was the most fun we’ve had in a few weeks (due to the fact that their teacher was on the Leadership Team for the SACS review and was kinda pre-occupied with all things accreditation ).
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I think the hair just takes the cake. They did such a great job!



The Tale of the Crashing 2TB External Hard Drive


In other sad news…last Friday night my beloved 2TB (Terra Byte) External Hard Drive Bertha…that’s what I call her…decided to visit that place where all hard drives go to be with their hard drive savior.

I thought the Geeks at Best Buy could revive her and retrieve that lost files I’d spent the better part of five years building. But alas, Bertha had other ideas. Needless to say I was physically ill after I picked ole Bertha up from that squad of Geeks who could not give me solace. Tears stung my eyes as I carried her gently to my car and placed her, in all her bubble wrapped glory, on my back seat. Memories of our years together flashed through my mind as I beat the steering wheel repeatedly and blasted “Party Up” by DMX. I thought we’d grow old together.

Just recently I’d backed up all of the clip art I’d purchased, all the TpT things I bought from all the fabulous teachers I follow, all of my Scholastic E-Books and pictures. But there are things I didn’t back up and I have no idea of what else I’ve lost…hopefully not much.

I have a new 2TB External Hard Drive…I’m naming him Lex Luthar and I was told he was considered the Porsche of external hard drives., and I’m constantly backing up files in several locations. Lesson learned.

Bertha now lies in repose on my dining room table because I just don’t have the heart to throw her out. Maybe I’ll purchase a little plot for her somewhere in the back of my local Best Buy store. I’ll get her a headstone made of re-fashioned computer parts.

If you care to leave condolences for Bertha I know that would make her untimely death go down much easier. Tis a bitter pill to swallow.
I hope I’ve  made you smile or laugh out loud even.

RIP Bertha.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Mini Spring Vacation

I am so glad the week is over for me!!! My school system has tomorrow and Monday off! And when I tell you I need it…that is a Biggie Sized understatement. I’m guessing it’s Spring Fever but my students have been all kinds of bonkers this week. And why is it when you have an education student (who needs some observation hours) in your room for a few days your kids forget about all the rules and routines, their little minds take off for parts unknown and aliens inhabit their bodies. Does anyone else have that problem????

Then there’s the fact that lately I’ve been doing everything else at my school besides what I’m actually getting paid to do…can you say SACS Review. Thoughts anyone??? This has been a Craaaaaaaazy week!

Anyway, I’m in such a good mood I’m giving you a free “ee/ea” Beachy Word Sort activity. Just click on the picture to download you own little copy. Enjoy and how about some feedback, or love, or just commiserate with me.  Now I’m going somewhere to find some liquid libation, do some mindless reading..a.k.a. US Weekly and People, and watch Fashion Police on TiVo…holla if ya hear me!!

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Clipart courtesy of Just So Scrappy Too and Scrappin Doodles

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Reading Street and Ramblings

I’ve gotten lots of e-mails about not being able to download my Reading Street Lit Packs from Docstoc. So here they are all googledoc-ed up…I don’t think that’s a word but at any rate if you need them click on the links below.

Mama’s Birthday Present               The Dot

Tippy-Toe Chick Go                        Peter’s Chair

Lady in the Moon                           Simple Machines

Mole and the Baby Bird                 Mister Bones

Ben Franklin                                     Alexander Graham Bell

 

So not school related but I think I’m hooked. Does anybody else watch Scandal? Olivia Pope and the President…wow!