Saturday, October 5, 2013

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday!

Fall is here and things are busy, busy, busy in my classroom! We're getting into some great routines and I'm starting to see my students progress! That's refreshing! Parent-teacher conferences are coming up, as well as units on pumpkins, bats, and owls. I love fall! 

1. Did you Read for the Record this week? I paired up with a 4th grade class in our building Thursday morning and we read Otis by, Loren Long. What a sweet story! We read the story together on the smartboard and then the older students paired up with a first-grader to do a drawing/writing activity. 

The fourth graders loved helping my students and my kiddos thought it was SO COOL that the BIG KIDS were in our room! Win-win! Doing activities like this reminds me that I need to be doing more activities like this! :) Do you pair up with other classes? What are your favorite activities? I struggle with creating something that won't be insultingly easy for the big kids, yet doable for my students. 

2. I may be a pumpkin-holic this time of year. The taste, the smell, the very essence of those fruits (they are fruits, right?) screams fall. Have you tried the 2 (or 3, or four for me) ingredient pumpkin cookies?

You just need a can of pumpkin and a box of cake mix! No eggs, no oil. 
I should have bought a small can of pumpkin. 
Using a big can of pumpkin for 1 box of cake mix will result in a wet batter. Too wet for cookies, 
When I realized my mistake I thought of my pal Pete the Cat, and what he would do.
Would Pete cry?
I just added a big handful of quick-cook oats I love oatmeal cookies so I thought this would work. 
Phew! I was right!
I also added chocolate chips because: 
a. why not?
b. I find that if I add chocolate chips, they add enough sweetness so that I don't need to frost them. Of course, you could frost them, I'd use a cream cheese or chai spiced frosting (this must exist somewhere, right? YUM!) I use between 1/2 and 3/4 cup of chocolate chips. As my husband says, "You can never add too many chocolate anything....ever") 

Mix it all up, I use a mini-ice-cream-scoop-looking-thing to plop the batter onto parchment paper. 10-12 minutes for tablespoon-size cookies in a 350F oven. They're soft, pumpin-y, and so good. I'll eat them for breakfast with a glass of milk. Quick, easy, and tasty!

3. More pumpkin news. Last weekend the Hubs and I headed to Barnesville for their annual Pumpkin Festival. It was the 50th anniversary year and it seemed as though everyone in a 100-mile radius was packed into the streets for music, big-pumpkin-gazing, fair-style foods of ALL KINDS, catching up with friends, and rides for the kids. The pumpkin ice cream was so good! 

4. And in even MORE pumpkin news, the accidental pumpkins that are growing in my yard are turning orange! Finally! I can't wait until they're ready to pick. Now that the vines are getting yellow and janky, it's looking pretty rough in that part of the yard. There are 2 pumpkins on that plant and one is a perfectly round, short and fat beauty! 

5. As a teacher, I love discovering new books with my students. I placed a big Scholastic order last month and am STILL going through the books with them! This week we read Dragons Love Tacos by, Adam Rubin. It's hilarious!

It struck a really funny chord with both the students and myself! C'mon, emphatically reading the phrase "Pantloads of tacos" will put a smile on most anyone's face. 

How are you getting ready for fall? 
What do you love the most about this season?
I know I'll be glad when it's not in the 80's anymore (which should be today or tomorrow). We've had unseasonably warm weather for Ohio in October. It hasn't felt like fall in 2 weeks. 
I'm ready for boots and sweaters, yo!


  1. Hi Alisha! I LOVE all your pumpkin pix!!! Especially the ones growing in your yard! Too cool!
    Way to be Pete, too! :)
    Growing Firsties

  2. I LOVED the book OTIS! I actually choked up when I saw him behind the barn all abandoned and unloved, except for his beloved friend the calf!

    1. Oh! That scene! There was an audible "awwww" from the kids in the room on that powerful! It's definitely a new favorite book!


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