Five for Friday: 3/15

I. Am. EXHAUSTED!! My baby girl was up sick all night, then I had no preps today plus we had our Chinese Feast. Check out #1 to read all about it. I'm still managing to link up to Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for the weekly Five:

1. Chinese Feast
OK so I know that Chinese New Year was a loonnnggg time ago, but somehow we missed that memo... :/ I guess we were too busy having fun learning about Antarctica! So, we are trying to finish up learning about China before spring break. Today we had our Chinese Feast. I absolutely L.O.V.E this activity, but it does suck up a lot of my energy. Good thing we did it at the end of the day!
First we mix the eggs...
...then we cook them...
...then we stir in the rice, bacon, green onions, and soy sauce...
then we eat!

...or at least try to eat!

This recipe is seriously delicious. I have no idea where it came from; it was passed down to us from the previous second grade teachers at our school. It's not really authentic (pretty sure the Chinese don't eat bacon), but again, it's super tasty, and it's easy for second graders to make.

2. Food Drive
Our TAG kids (we call Talented and Gifted "TAG" instead of GT) were assigned to do a service project, and decided to do a food drive. Their goal was to collect 1,000 items over two weeks. My neighbor was a nonperishable-food-item-collecing-MACHINE and for whatever reason, I decided to challenge her class. Yesterday. Now most people would start the challenge, I don't know... the first day of the food drive. Not me. I waited until the second to last day. And I was pretty convinced my class would back me on this and we would win. My neighbor's class had collected 126 items as of Tuesday. I didn't even know how many items my class had collected. Well my bunnies tried and tried, but our grand total was exactly 100 items. My neighbor collected somewhere in the 170s. I was (and still am) pretty defeated. But the good news is that the TAG kids met their goal and collected more than 1,000 items for our local food pantry! HIPPO HOORAY!!!
Here are some of the items they collected!
3. Native American Presentations
We have been learning about Native Americans in Social Studies. Have you ever tried to find second grade appropriate Native American resources? Well I'll tell ya right now, they don't exist! So instead, I've been working with my district's Tech Integrator to make our own website. We focused on the characteristics of each region of Native Americans, rather than the individual tribes. Feel free to check it out and use it!
Click on the picture above to take you to the site!
Anyway, so the bunnies have been working so, so, SO hard on their Native American Power Point slide shows. They worked in groups of 3-4 to study and be an expert on a region and then share their information with the class. This week, they presented them to the class. I am beyond impressed with how they turned out! Here's one example:

YES, they did this ALL on their own!!! I showed them the basics, how to import photos from the internet and how to "fancy it up," ie: change the font, backgrounds, etc.

4. Random Pic
I snapped this pic of my babies and me on Wednesday. I think it's pretty hilarious.
We are sharing a Shamrock Shake. 
5. The Smile Project
I'm usually not Facebook friends with my students' parents, but two of my former students' mom takes our family photos and we've grown close over the years. Well she posted this video her daughter made for a class, and I just wanted to share it with you. She is currently a freshman and was in my first class. If you have a few minutes, you should watch this video.
It's so heartwarming and encouraging to see young people use their talents to make a positive impact. I am so proud to say I know this girl :)

Don't forget about my giveaway! Ends Sunday! Awesome prizes! WOO WOO!!!
Click the image above to check it out!

Well I'm off to camp out in front of the TV. I think I deserve it after today! :)


  1. That picture of you and your babes is ADORABLE! Seriously, cover photo on Facebook worthy. :) I made a separate page so I could accept friend requests from parents and students at my school. And how cute is that video?! Seriously worth sharing.
    My peanut is sick too. :( It's going around...all the way from Wisconsin to Michigan. LOL!
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  2. I LOVE that your kids are cooking! I've always wanted to involve some kind of cooking activity with fractions, but haven't quite figured out the specifics yet. I bet they were SO engaged!

    The 4th Grade Journey

  3. Yum! We did Shamrock Shakes with my little ones on the way home from the parade yesterday. Such fun!

    Their projects are fantastic!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  4. Wow! Look at all that food. Way to go, Angela.

    The Brown-Bag Teacher


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