Five For Friday!

Cold Shower!!! After going to the gym yesterday I came home to get cleaned up when I discovered that we had no hot water or heat.  Turns out our boiler isn't working!  Not the best news after a sweaty gym sesh, but what can ya do?  Seeing as I'm so handy I tried to fix the problem myself, but as it usually goes I needed to call for back up.  After setting up an appointment to have someone come look at it, it was time to brace myself for the cold.  So a cold shower and bundled up night it was. The good news is someone is coming to fix it  today AND I don't feel the least bit guilty about still wearing my robe around the house.  Plus, since I'm all wrapped up with a cup of coffee I'd say it's the perfect time to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. 

Yesterday I did my final edit and posted my Thanksgiving Day Unit to TpT.  I was so happy to finish up this unit in time for the holiday.  It's full of printables, thinking maps, crafts, and more!  If I had to pick out my favorite thing it'd probably be these cute craft writing displays.  I think they'd be perfect mixed and matched on a bulletin board!  Feel Free to check it out if you're still looking for some Turkey Day Fun!

On Monday night the hubs and I went to see the Book of Mormon in London.  We LOVED it!  Seriously, it was so funny and the cast was amazing.  We got a great deal because we purchased our tickets on base (U.S. Air Force Base) and it even included our transportation to the city.  Before the show we ate at a delicious Mediterranean restaurant.  I was a little hesitant at first, but both of our meals were fantastic.  If you have the chance to see this show I definitely recommend it, but do note, it's not for kids.... AT ALL!  Ha-Ha

Generally around this time of year I feel like the kiddos start to get a little more chatty.  I mean who doesn't with all the holiday excitement?  But, for teachers this extra chattering can lead to frustration.  I know that one tool I love is my voice level chart.  Do you use one?  I like this chart because it relates voice levels to numbers which makes it easy to "check" our voice levels throughout the day.  I introduce this chart on the first day of school and use it everyday after.  To teach students I model and then we practice by acting out or playing games.  Before sending students off to work on a task, center, or activity, I have students show me the voice level number and then we practice.  If voices get to loud while they're working all I have to say is "Class... Voice Level Please"  they hold up their finger showing me the current level they should be using.  This is just a subtle reminder and is generally all they need. :)

Look at my coffee cup!  I had to show you this because here in England they have a coffee shop called Costa and I like their cups even more than Starbucks red holiday cups.  They are just adorable!  They have a reindeer, santa, and elf cup too!

Wellies!  Yep, it's suppose to be another rainy weekend here so I pulled out my Joules and am preparing myself for the puddles.  

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Be sure to link up and check out others Five for Friday by clicking below.  And if you're not already following me I'd be thrilled to have you tag along. :) Happy Friday!


  1. Thanks for sharing! Sorry to hear about your heat. We are cold in Ohio and just got our first snow. I would rather be using your rain boots =) Stay dry and warm!

    1. First snow.... no thank you. Ha-Ha I grew up in California so the cooler weather and rain we get here in the UK is just about all I want to handle. :) I hope that you have a great weekend and stay warm too!

  2. I struggle so much with the volume in my 6th grade classroom, and I LOVE your idea of holding up the fingers. I know it will work with them (much better than me constantly reminding them...)

    Have a great weekend!

    1. I'd love to know how it goes. I can't remember where I learned this, but a similar idea to try is a "whisper bell." If voice level is too high just ding the bell and ideally students would know that this means to whisper. I hope that you have a great weekend too!

  3. Your Thanksgiving crafts are super cute! And, so are your wellies. I have a fabulous pair of chevron rain boots for rainy days.

  4. Thanks so much! And aren't striped wells fun!? Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  5. Oh my. You brave soul. Just the thought of a cold shower makes me shiver. I may have just sponged down and waited for the heat to reutrn...lol. Love the cute pilgrims writing activity. What a fun date night out. London looks fabulous. I want that coffee cup, too cute! I do love my red cups, but I agree your's are cuter. Enjoy your weekend!

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