Valentine's Day in 5th Grade

I recently changed up my math week and have fallen in love with centers in 5th grade. I tried it last year, and it was just such a nightmare. It just didn't work for what I was doing and what that group of students needed. It made me hesitant to try again, but if there is a group of kids to test it on, it is my current group of kids. They are seriously angels. 

I was kind of worried they might think centers are kind of dumb (just keeping it real), but they absolutely loved it. To be fair, I thought really hard about what they would be doing, so they didn't think it was dumb. I was also very intentional about making sure they were all doing very relevant fifth grade math skills. It worked! 

I have now permanently made Thursdays our math centers day. If I get really good at it, I might do our typical math workshop on Mondays and Wednesday and centers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I don't think I can or should ever go to only centers, so I love the idea of half and half. 

I tested it out last Thursday, and it was amazing, so Valentine's Day was the perfect day to try out more holiday themed centers. It went great again this Thursday. 

Here is what we did. 

The first math center they did was a color by equivalent fraction heart. I got this from Eleanora at TPT. I use these sheets all the time and this was definitely a favorite of the day. They require students to color fractions that are equivalent to simple fractions they are given. You can purchase them by clicking here. 

The next one, and my student's favorite math activity ever, is coordinate graphing battleship. I just bought sweetart candy hearts (because the actual candy hearts are super disgusting, in my opinion). I actually used St. Patrick's day grids that I got from Appleslices teacher because her pack has all 4 quadrants. You can purchase her pack here.  

The directions for the game, came from YoungTeacherLove's Valentines centers. I used her stuff for the rest of my centers. 

One of my boys got in the spirit with his candy placement. 

This is from YoungTeacherLove's Valentine's Day pack. It's her crack the code game where students have to solve division problem to solve the Valentine's Day code. 

Another activity from YoungTeacherLove's Valentine's Day pack is a decimal compare. Students have to solve and compare decimal multiplication cards and write their answers on a sheet. Great practice for decimal multiplication. 

The last center from YoungTeachersLove was her Valentine's Day word problem skills. Lots of great practice on a variety of fifth grade math skills, with a Valentine's Day theme in each question. 

I always have a computer rotation. We pretty much always use Mr. Wolfe's Interactive Whiteboard. He has lots of great links to a variety of math games. Some aren't always so great for getting math practice (and they ALWAYS find those games) so I always find the games I want them to play, and give them a list of activities they can choose.  

On a  less educational note, student had to bring in boxes made out of stuff found in their homes. They could NOT go out and buy anything. We learn about renewable resources in fifth grade, so it was a good way to tie that in. I got this great idea from Appleslices when I student taught with her. 

This was the first place winner. 

This student did a great job making his out of Legos. 

Another great one, meant to look like a birthday cake. 

I love her use of outside materials. 

This sweet girl LOVES owls. She made this out of scrapbook paper scraps. She took second. 

This student took it another step and his actually moved when he turned it on. 

These are the Valentines I made for my teacher friends. So cute. I got the template from The Idea Room.

Happy Sunday friends,

Mrs. Cahill

Stitch Fix… I Want it ALL!

Hi friends,

I received my 12th Stitchfix and it was like knife in my heart because I wanted 4 of the 5 pieces. I had to make some rough decisions :) but I figured it out.

I recently made a style board on Pinterest (you can link directly to a Pinterest board on your Stitchfix style profile) and I think it made all the difference in the world. I have been getting so-so fixes, but after this simple addition to my profile, I wanted everything they sent.

I just made sure to pick pictures of pieces that I REALLY love and pinned them to the board. Here is the link to my board if you want to check it out.

The first piece, and the only one I didn't really like, was the Lizette Chevron Print shirt Dress ($88.00). I loved that it was a shirt dress ( I literally wear shirt dress 3-4 times a week… kids call me "the teacher that always wears dresses"), and the general idea, but I though the print looked a little psychedelic haha.

I sent this back.

Next was the Calibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse ($48.00). Again, I love shirts like this. They are perfect to wear with leggings, but also great to wear underneath a cardigan (I happen to own 39,482,293 cardigans). 

I was kind of torn on whether or not to keep. It was cute, but nothing life changing. Ultimately, my husband didn't LOVE it as much as the others, so I sent this back too. 

Next, was the Seaside Mix Material Top ($38.00). I was unsure at first, but I loved the design on the back, and how it was different than most of the things I own. I wouldn't have picked this out for myself, but I loved this on. 

I kept this. 

Next was the Gael 3/4 Sleeve Drawstring Waisted Dress ($68.00). This is exactly my style and this outfit is pretty much what I wear on a typical school day. The minute I saw it in the box, I knew I was keeping it. My husband could tell too :). 

Last, was my favorite piece of the whole box. The Chamberlin Striped Drape Front Cardigan ($78). I have been obsessed with these types of cardigans lately and I actually pinned this exact cardigan on my Stitchfix Pinterest board. They stylist sent it to me and I literally ripped the tags off of it when I pulled it out of the box to wear it that night haha. 

This is definitely the most I've ever spent on a fix, but I had a credit from a referral and my sweet friend  had just given me a gift card for my birthday. It ended up coming to about ($140). 

If you want to try Stitchfix (and devote your pack check to clothes :)… here is a link to try it out. 

Happy Monday!



February Currently


Seriously, it's pretty much the only thing I watch now. I love this woman. 


My new Nikon camera. I got it for my birthday and I just want to take pictures of random things all the time now.

I just got a Stitchfix, and for the first time, I wanted everything in it. Decisions… decisions.

Scholastic is going to be the death of me… and my paycheck. 

Grading… enough said. 

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My shopping problem is also going to be the death of me…. and my paycheck. 

Happy Sunday!