Five for Friday: Summer Fun

Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week on your blog.  

This week's five is about summer fun (and a little work).

Summer Fruit Fun.

I'm really fortunate to live within a couple of hours drive of many u-pick farms.  Even though it feels awfully old school and retro, I love to go out with friends and pick. It's peach season currently, so we gathered a large amount.  Some got canned for the winter months when fruit variety is at a low and others got made into desserts. Of course, my personal favorite is just to munch on them fresh.

Polishing Math Projects

I've been working hard to make sure everything at the store is at its highest quality. I went through all the math projects that incorporate art with a fine tooth comb and made some formatting changes. I'm quite pleased with the results and hope that they are shared with many students.  My students love these for breaking up the "serious" work of math.


I teach year round, and so I actually have students at the moment. Still, this is a new class, so we started with some back to school activities.  This past week we did a fun "wanted" poster activity to share something about our best selves.   It was one of those lessons that really worked, which balances with the ones that fall flat (ugh!). I was blown away not just by the students work but how much they delighted in each other's. I think I might do this again later in the year and have students make them for each other. What a great way for students to discover the good in others.  

Shake, Rattle and Roll

I live in California.  I was reminded this week by a little earthquake.  It wasn't big, but it was at 2:30am, so that wasn't so fun.  I get up typically around 4 in the morning, so I was more than a little tired the next day.


Of course there was lots of cooking this week.  Given the warm days, I whipped up some gelato.  Fresh mint called from the garden, and I made a mint gelato based and added some homemade chocolate snaps to yield a mint cookie crunch.  It came out surprisingly good.  Next week, a new flavor will need to be tried - perhaps a chocolate, cranberry, and walnut in a chocolate base.  Have ideas?Leave me your favorites in the comments below.

Happy Friday.




  1. Well you already made my favorite flavor with mint chocolate. Hmmm... salted caramel? Add chocolate too?? Could be amazing! Love those wanted posters. What a great idea! I'm jealous of those peaches. I miss getting to pick fruit. When we lived in a suburb outside of Seattle there were tons of you-pick farms. Looking forward to being back there next year. For now I'll live vicariously through you!
    Joya :)

  2. Yumm! That gelato and those peaches look so delish!

    My Bright Blue House

  3. I suggest you combine Number 1 with Number 5 and make peach gelato! Banana/chocolate is good... I wonder about Peach/chocolate?? See you around. Kathleen
    Kidpeople Classroom


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