Thursday, June 16, 2016

5 for Friday on Track Break

Hello! Hello! Just blogging over my track break! I have been so busy with a new school and my crazy life that I can't keep up with this! But I have had the week off for track break and will be heading back on Monday. Yer Round school has its ups and downs. For the most part I don't mind it. Having my 3 month vaca split up throughout the year isn't too shabby. While still having some time off in the summer. I am linking up with  Doodle Bugs for 5 for Friday!

 5 for Friday!

Let's start with a couple of things from before I went out on track break. Leadership Day. This year I moved to a new school and started a new program. It is called The Leader in Me. It deals with the 7 Habits of healthy kids. Have any of you heard of this or use this at your school? I will say I was a little iffy about it at first. I figured it was just going to be ANOTHER program to implement into my teaching and just add more stress to trying to add it into my lessons. At first it was a bit of a pain. But now I am loving it. My students love the program and so do I. It gives them more of a role in our room and in our school. They literally help plan everything now. They know the habits and can explain them to anyone. They recognize them in books and activities in the classroom and at home. Here is a link to the webpage all about it...
So Leadership Day is a day to invite the community in and show them how the 7 Habits are used in the classroom and how children use them in their lives. We sing songs, we make sure we are doing leadership lessons and have community members come and observe and see our goal charts in our classroom. I did a lesson on Rainbow Fish this day. Now we had already read  Rainbow Fish at the start of the year and when my students first started to learn about the 7 Habits. Now when we went over the story again they could identify different habits in the story. They knew that Habit 4 was showed in this story a lot. Think Win Win. Rainbow Fish shared his scales and everyone got to have some shiny scales. Everyone won. Below are a couple of different activities we did with the story while people came in my room and observed. All my students could explain what they were doing, why they thought this habit and what other habits were in the story. 

This was us at the end of Leadership Day. Our 5th grade testing buddies got us Popsicle to thanks us for encouraging them during their testing! We enjoyed them outside in the 109 degree weather with the tortoises. 

I hosted a bachelorette party at my house a week ago and made these adorable lil bum cookies! They were a hit with the girls!! 

I took myself out for a nice little breakfast on my track break. Giada is one of my favorite places on the strip for breakfast. It is a lil pricey but its so good! I always purchase the $8 vanilla latte with the G for Gardner on it! :) They have these yummy turkey sauage meatballs and lemon potatoes. Yum. It makes me hungry just thinking about it again! 

I also went to Portland for the first time last weekend for a kickball tournament. Yep I am still at it. I played on a team with a bunch of sweet people from all over the US. I got a chance to make some new friends and have some fun while doing it. Didn't do as well as we should have but it was still a great time!

Also went and did a little sight seeing. I made these two take me to some park so I could see the view of the city and the mountains. So pretty. Plus there were tons of roses all around the park and I love rose gardens. Wish I could have seen a little bit more of the city but hopefully I go back again. Next up is DC, next weekend! 


  1. Those cookies are super cute, and that latte looks divine!

  2. The kickball tournament looks super fun!! What's a track break though??

    Teaching Voracious Learners

  3. Interested to find out more about the 7 Habits! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. It looks (and sounds) like your leadership day was inspiring. I love it when I leave a workshop inspired!

  5. The Leader in Me sounds like an interesting program. I'm looking for more ways to add character education into the day, and it looks interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I have always wanted to try year around school with extended breaks through out. How many and when do you get the breaks? and why is it called a track break? Paula


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