Five for Friday: IT'S OVER Edition!

It's Friday and I am happy to say I MADE IT! This was, by far, the hardest school year I have ever had, and I can't say I am sad to close the door on it. However, the greatest thing about this job is you get a fresh start every fall, and I'm already filled with ideas that I can't wait to share here over the summer! Time to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

Here are five things I did to make this week as enjoyable as possible:


Introduced Students to New Music.


You haven't lived until you've seen a class of 3rd graders do a conga line to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing."


Had a Lip Sync Battle


Scratch that. You really haven't lived until you've watched groups of 3rd graders sing and dance to a variety of hits from before they were born, including favorites by Michael Jackson, the Backstreet Boys, and, of course, Destiny's Child. My only regret is that I cannot share the final battle, a stirring rendition of Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer," with the whole world. Rest assured that those in the room were changed forever after witnessing this performance!


Gave Every Student a New Nickname


Because it's obviously more fun to refer to students as Mortimer, Jebediah, Penguin, or Blobfish (don't ask) than by their given names. 


Did Some Arts and Crafts

In their end of the year goodie bags, everyone got a "U" rock.


Is there anything better than the collective "OHHHHH" when the whole class "gets it" at the same time?





Encouraged Budding Stand Up Comedians


As I've mentioned before, I let the kids call meetings when they feel it is appropriate. Well, in the last week of school, anything goes, so one of my pals got to practice his stand up routine. He punctuated all his jokes with, "Ha...Ha..get it? DO YOU GET IT?"

For example:

"Who's a lady that can pick you up and take you anywhere you need to go? Mariah Carey ("carry")...Ha...Ha...get it? DO YOU GET IT?"

Ba-dum-tss! Look out, Jerry Seinfeld!

It was a fun week and I'm glad I was able to relax and enjoy myself with my students. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some pajamas to get into and some Netflix to watch! Have a great week and don't forget to link up with Kacey!








21 comments

  1. You made me smile with the rocks! Haha :) Glad the kids loved it!

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    1. Thank you...they figured it out quicker than I thought!

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  2. I enjoyed this so much! But I to think waaaay too hard to get "U Rock". My brain is already on summer time, I guess! It sounds like you had a fabulous ending week! Have a great weekend!
    Carol
    Teachers Are Terrific!

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    1. LOL! I had one little girl ask why I gave them all a "C" rock...I guess she was on summer time already, too!

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  3. Congratulations! U made it! And for that, U rock too!

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  4. I love the U Rock rocks! Too cute! It's hilarious having the kids conga line to some classics!

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    1. What's better than a conga line, really? Lol! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Hey- love the conga line idea, LOVE the nicknames, and LOVELOVE the U rocks. Great ideas, Marianna. And I still have one more week to go, and to use them. Happy summer to you. Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen! Good luck with your last week!

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  6. You sound like fun! In fact, U rock!!!! Anyone who has the kids conga gets my vote! Thank you for making me laugh!

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    1. Lol! Once it stops being fun, what's the point, right?? Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. You sound like fun! In fact, U rock!!!! Anyone who has the kids conga gets my vote! Thank you for making me laugh!

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  8. I love your sense of humor!! The U rocks are a treasure for your 3rd graders for sure!! I hope you get to have a wonderful summer break!! Linda's Learning Loot

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Hope your summer is amazing as well!

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  9. Congrats on making it through a rough year. Too bad there aren't pictures or videos of the hysterics. I would have love to see that. So funny!

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    1. Oh man, it was hysterical! It's always the quietest kids that come out of the woodwork and surprise you with their amazing lip syncing skills. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Wow! Lip sync battle sounds amazing! Love the "U Rock"s. Going to have to suggest that to the classroom teacher of the room I'm working in. I've been there with super tough years. Congrats on surviving and enjoy your summer!
    Joya :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you stopped by!

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  11. I love the rock idea! So cute :) Congrats on being finished!

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  12. That rock idea is awesome. It must have been hilarious to see their reactions when they figured it out. Enjoy your summer! :)

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