Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The sweetest birthday message and a SNOW DAY in Florida.

Today is Tried it Tuesday! 

It's also my first official 39th birthday.
I have had so many special gifts, cards, and surprises today.
My heart is full and I feel spoiled and extra loved.
I got called to the Front Office...with no explanation other than...
"Come up here...now!"
When I came back to my room...there was no light.
I heard lots of screamin'. 
 My babies were throwin' confetti & streamers...
and balloons were everywhere.
They tricked me again!
One of my sweet girls bumped me off my computer
to log in to her Gmail for a special Powerpoint
that some of my girls got together and made for me.
Here are some of the pictures from the Powerpoint:
They added a guitar because we are the Rockstars.

My principal's son, Russ Spivey, is fightin' a very rare form of leukemia.  
This month marks one year of his fight against this awful cancer.
My students are very passionate about the SpiveySTRONG message.

This brought tears to my eyes.  
They incorporated Math!
I couldn't be more proud!

 They know me so well!


Aren't they the sweetest ever?!

A sweet gift from my best friend.  A January Alex & Ani bracelet for 

Jerm had flowers delivered to school from my favorite florist.

The BEST birthday present of all...
our school will be closed tomorrow for a SNOW day.
Snow in Florida...tonight
That just sounds odd doesn't it?
I have never seen snow...that I remember.
I am sure it is beautiful and I'm glad it will only last one day.
I'm ready for the 70's to come back and no I'm not talkin' about the 
wonderful years of my birth...with scary lookin' clothin'.

I'm linkin' up with my special buddy, Holly, from Fourth Grade Flipper 
for Tried It Tuesday.

Tried it Awesomeness #1: Knee to Knee Partners
I said, "Quick, knee to knee" and they scooted together and compared their answers 
for a Science study guide.
They had to explain why they came up with their answers.
I had three groups of knee to knee partners goin' on
around the room.  
Simple and successful!

Tried it Awesomeness #2: Hands-on Science
I put the stuff on the table for them to make circuits.
I did not give them any directions and they were able to make the light turn on.

Many chose to work together in order to get their circuit to turn on.
They built series circuits and parallel circuits.
They even made multiple series circuits.

This is just another example of me lettin' go...
It was so neat to listen to them as they discovered how to 
make the circuits work...without me!

Happy Tuesday my friends!


  1. Happy Birthday!! I can't believe you will have a snow day tomorrow. That is so cool! We're on day #5 today of school being cancelled.....boooo!! Enjoy your day! :) Thanks for sharing, and I'm glad I found you through the linky "Tried it Tuesday!"
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  2. Felt the need to say it twice...Happy Birthday!!! Also love that you actually got a snow day, I know I have tried to enjoy mine...by doing absolutely nothing productive. I have always loved that my birthday is in the summer but all of your sweet treats from students and teachers almost makes me want a school year birthday. Enjoy your day!

  3. Happiest birthday wishes to you!! God was one day off on my snow day request for you. But I guess that means there's extra room for celebrating tonight if you don't push it back! I love that your sweet students made your day extra special. You certainly deserve it, my bloggy bestie! xoxo

  4. Happppy birthday, Alison! Sounds like a very wonderful day so far! Your hands-on science lessons look so fun!
    Enjoy your snow day tomorrow- we had "cold days" yesterday and today and I definitely enjoyed being at home! :)
    Learning to the Core

  5. Happy Birthday friend!!! I am touched by your students' gestures. What a wonderful treat. I hope the rest of it is as awesome.
    Come on over to the 40's, they don't suck! lol

    Hodges Herald

  6. That power point your kids made is so sweet!! Did you download a copy of it? It's definitely a keeper. Enjoy your day off! KinderCoaster

    1. Thank you so much Kelsey! I definitely have it saved!

  7. Happy birthday again! That birthday message was to sweet. You can tell you are well loved. Enjoy your snow day or your birthday boxing day!

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, my sweet Alison!!! How did I not know that this would be your first 39th birthday?!? I am so glad that you get to enjoy tomorrow off too! I swear we have more days of snow here than sunshine. At least, it seems that way right now. :) It IS pretty though. Get a picture!

    Your electricity lesson is one of my favorite activities to do with my students when I taught science. I love the exploration aspect and their little minds working through that challenge. So many of them are confident that they can light the bulb too and they really don't! Haha!
    Celebrate, friend!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  9. What a wonderful thing for your class to do! I love the graph. You are one special teacher.
    Enjoy the rest of your birthday, and the SNOW DAY!
    Learning in the Little Apple

  10. What an awesome surprise! Happy birthday!

  11. Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a great one!
    I am jealous of your circuit activity. I no longer teach science, and that is the unit I miss the most.

    Fit to be Fourth

  12. What and day and how sweet your students are! That powerpoint is the most precious thing I've ever seen!! Happy Birthday and I hope you enjoy your day off!!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  13. Happy belated birthday! I love the PowerPoint they made you. That is so awesome. It really is amazing to watch students figure things out on their own. :)

    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack

  14. Happy Happy Birthday My Dear Friend!!! What a sweet class, co-worker, and hub you have! I really shouldn't be surprised anymore by what students can come up with on their own, yet they continue to stun me!

    PS I just got my first Alex and Ani bracelet from a co-worker this year too! LOVE it!

  15. I'm glad you have a wonderful birthday! That says a lot for kids to make you a PowerPoint... that took some work! I hope you treated yourself to a tasty beverage and lots of treats, because there is a rule written somewhere, possibly in the bible, that says calories don't count on your birthday! :)


  16. Happy Birthday friend!! I love how sweet your kiddos were with the surprise and powerpoint! Hope your day was a fabulous as you are!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  17. Happy belated birthday! Fun surprises are the best!

    Sarah Beth
    Miss White's Classroom

  18. What the heck?! A snow day on your birthday and in Florida--that is very cool! Happy 25th Birthday!


  19. Hey Alison! I am a little behind on blog reading so I am catching up! Yay for a snow-day on your B-Day! I imagine those are rare in Florida....LOL! We are on "snow" day #5 here in Minnesota which is actually also quite rare to have so many and they all have been because of the temperature and not even the snow! They are starting to lose their effect! I hope you enjoyed your day off! Happy belated birthday!!

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees


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