Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tried It Tuesday...Books in Boxes and Twerkin'...

I know the title grabbed you...didn't it?  I'm linkin' up with my buddy Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday.  Some of you may have noticed I have been missin'....never fear..I'm back.  Last week was filled with a whole lot of awesomeness, but I'll save that for the end. Lots and lots of pictures ahead!

Tried It #1 Awesomeness:  Book in a Box by Rachel Lynette
My kids LOVED this activity.  I sent this home and gave the kids two weeks time to complete their book in a box about the book they were currently readin' independently.  This was a great way for me to stick with my plan of gettin' rid of nightly readin' folders, but still checkin' on them to see if they are actually readin' at home like they tell me they are.  We made a deal earlier in the year and so far, they are stickin' to it.
What I love about the Book in a Box...1)It's FREE 2)It had very specific instructions 3)It had a rubric

Examples...They were all so awesome and very diverse, but I couldn't put them all up:

 Love all the materials that were added for this Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling box
More of the Harry Potter box includin' wand
 Another Harry Potter in an Invisibility Cloak and a Golden (chocolate) Snitch

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Swindle by Gordon Korman

Inside the Swindle box

The Help by Kathryn Stockett decorated with Duck Tape

Inside the box with a Poo Pie and Toilet Paper

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
 (not to be confused with the movie Alice in Wonderland)

The hole that Alice falls into next to a mini Alice's Adventures in Wonderland illustrated book

Inside the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland box.

Up close in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland box.  Love the "Drink Me" bottle

Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

Look at the tiny little Bible!

12 Finally by Wendy Mass

Love that the cards are numbered for each item and have their own little pocket.

The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle.  My student said this book is "LOL".  I agree.  I always love readin' this one aloud because the kids laugh uncontrollably.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Tried It #2 Awesomeness:  Twerkin'
I know what you're thinkin'....SERIOUSLY, ALISON?  It's okay...I wasn't very good at it.  Two weeks ago I told you that I tried Zumba(insert evil laugh).  I didn't have an opportunity to go last week(keep readin' to find out why), but I went again today.  Are you proud of me for goin' back? I'm sure my co-workers were thrilled(insert eye roll and another evil laugh).  I got to freestyle and I chose "twerkin".  Twerkin' has been all the hype lately, so today we(the Zumba goers) watched the Stevie TV-Twerkin' Intervention(VH1) video before we started Zumba.  If you have ever watched A & E's real show...Intervention AND you have a sense of humor, you need to find this video on YouTube. I could not stop laughin'...beware...not appropriate for children.  So...twerkin' I tried.  Of course I didn't add pictures to this again...nope, nope, nope!  One of my wonderful teammates and my awesome instructor, Ashley, makes me tired just watchin' her dance all around.  She does it more than once a week; once is enough for me.  Ashley was the one who suggested I should do twerkin' as my Tried It Tuesday.  She's so funny and I couldn't let her down.

Weekend Awesomeness: Murder Mystery Dinner, Afternoon Weddin', & Goin' Away Party

Thursday: Jerm's little brother got married this past weekend.  We had a 1920's Murder Mystery Rehearsal Dinner...so much FUN!  The bride ordered the script online and we all got our parts ahead of time, in order to know how to dress for the occasion.  My character was Rosie Marie, the owner of the Juice Joint.  I got to introduce everyone to the party and be my bossy self...love!
My(Rosie Marie's) "nephew", Cy Ramsey.

Rosie Marie(me) with one of the gangsters, Mugsy Malone aka Jerm.

The whole gang.  Couldn't have picked a better crew of people to experience this night with!

Friday: The bride and groom had a lovely outdoor weddin' at one of our local State Parks.  I had the honor of settin' up the reception and coordinatin' the order of events durin' the ceremony.  This was a TOUGH job for sure, but worth every single minute.  I thought teachin' was hard...tryin' to round up guys in tuxedos and girls in heels in Florida, on a sunny afternoon, while keepin' them all quiet...well, it was a little like herdin' cats.  I wouldn't trade this experience for any in the world.  
All the gorgeous bridesmaids and handsome groomsmen with the beautiful bride and groom!
Jerm & I at the reception.

Saturday: On the third day of special occasions and me bein' in a dress and make-up, I attended a goin' away party for some dear friends.  By this time, I was absolutely wiped out.  I THOUGHT we were supposed to dress up for a California theme, so I went with Khloe Kardashian...she's tall, I'm tall(that's about where the similarities end).  The other two girls were supposed to be Kim and Kourtney.  They say they were...just blonde Kardashians.  The jury is still out on this one.
Kourtney(my buddy Jen), Khloe(me), and Kim(my roomie Sharon)

I've got lots of laundry and blogs to catch up on.
P.S.  I've been tryin' to make some changes...I haven't had a Diet Coke in THREE days, but I did have to take a THREE hour nap yesterday before watchin' the Saints beat the Dolphins.  I earned it after such a busy weekend...don't ya think?

Have a great week!  Be sure to check out Holly's blog for everyone else's Tuesday posts!


  1. You had me at twerkin', I stayed for the "poo pie." LMAO!!! That. was. HILARIOUS!! I'm impressed that 5th graders are reading books like The Help. I guess that's what you get when you teach GATE. *kinda jealous*

    Hey, this Allison is tall too! Although I've shrunk a bit in the past year or so. My driver's license at 16 said I was 5'10, and I was. Now I'm 5'8. Good Lawd!! I'm not old enough to shrink yet.

    Congrats on not having ant Diet Coke for 3 days. In 27 more days, I'll send you your 30 day sobriety chip. ; )

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  2. I love the book in a box! I am going to have to check that out for later this year. Thanks for sharing!
    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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    1. :) Thanks, Bethany. Your kids will love it if you try it.

  3. Book in a Box... very cool! I wonder if my first graders could do something like that...hmmm... something to mull over! Woo Hoo on the 3 day no Diet Coke! It took me awhile but I kicked that habit too.. my friend told me it would only take a few days and I wouldn't want any more... LIAR. It took over a month but the good news is that I do feel a lot better since I've given up the caffeine. I think it was worth it! Keep it up! Nice wedding... you've been a very busy girl! Try and get some rest over that long fall break weekend! :)

    1. I bet your firsties could do this!!! It would be fun! If it takes a month to get over Diet Coke...I'm goin' to start drinkin' it again!

  4. Love all your pics of the book in a box projects. I love when bloggers do that so I can show my students some samples without having to make some up!! Thanks for the inspiration - not on the twerking though : )

    1. Thank you! I try to always add pictures, but sometimes I forget to take them while my kids are in action. I'm tryin' to get better!

  5. I really like the Book in a Box idea. I think my students would like that.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack

    1. You should definitely try it! Some of the 2nd and 3rd graders are doing it also. They all have turned out so unique!

  6. OMG! I love your projects! Great pics and great work by your students! I don't know about twerkin'??!! I'll have to look it up because I feel out of the loop! :O)
    The pics of you and Jerm and beautiful!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. The Help box is amazing. I can't with the pie. I can't. I'd be laughing all day!

    Your kiddos did a beautiful job!

  8. You book boxes look amazing! I am partial to the Harry Potter one because I simply love Harry Potter but seriously I am floored at how hard your kiddos worked on their projects! They are fabulous!!! I also love the idea of a murder mystery rehearsal dinner-what a unique idea and so memorable! Such fun!

    Learning to the Core

    1. Thanks, Amanda! I was sad to send the boxes home today, but some of them had food in them, so I figured it was time! The murder mystery was definitely a memory I will treasure forever. Here's the website: http://www.nightofmystery.com/

  9. I LOVE the book boxes! The details the kids included are amazing! What a fun project!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! I might even have the kids make another book box at the end of the year...lol!

  10. thanks for sharing it..... nice blog we can print a logo and instruction on the book boxes.
    Custom Printed Book Boxes


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