Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Beautiful Day for a Race!

It’s a Beautiful Day for a Race!
      We took our first field trip to the Indianapolis 500.  What an amazing place.  First of all, IT’S HUGE!  "My Teacher Friend" and I came home exhausted from all the walking.  Did you know it’s the world’s largest spectator sport facility?  Did I mention we walked...a lot.  It felt like the world’s largest to us too.  It’s been said that Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, Churchill Downs, the Colosseum in Rome and Vatican City all can fit inside the Indy oval.  It is 253 acres!
          It gets its nickname “The Brickyard” from the 3.2 million bricks that used to line the Speedway.  The only bricks showing now are the row of bricks at the start/finish line.  It’s a tradition for the winner to kiss the bricks.  The kids had a great time kissing the bricks.

         The Pagoda stands 199 feet from the ground to the top of the flagpole.  The first Pagoda was built in 1913.  The current Pagoda was built in 2000.  With its Japanese inspiration, it’s impressive!


                 This year’s race will be held on Sunday, May 24th  where 24,000 pounds of fries will be consumed in one day.  I’m not a person for crowds so I’m going to be happy with my field trip with the kids.  

            I do wish I could have had a souvenir.So many cars...surely they wouldn’t miss one!?!

            Just wanted to give you a little taste of Indiana.  If you live close enough to drive, think about the Indi 500 for your field trip.  Everything was free!   That's right, free!  They even reimburse transportation costs.  It was the easiest field trip ever!


Lots of love and prayers for sunny days!

Your Teacher Friend

Friday, April 3, 2015

Five For Friday First Timer

It's Finally Five for Friday!!! (See what I did there? This is actually my very first Five for Friday!) I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching. In a perfect world, myself or my other teacher friend would be posting our top five faves from the week. I have a lot of favorite things so it might be hard picking...

Two Teacher Friends have been working hard making items to use in the classroom. Our Teachers Pay Teachers store is filled with fun goodies for all ages. This weekend I am working on our third Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie set. Our  book buddies have used this and thoroughly enjoyed it! Other big sellers are our Sequencing Activities, Fact and Opinion Task Cards, and our Mother's Day Printable Booklet.

APRIL FOOLS day was a big success in my books....I baked my kids 'brown e's'. I cut out brown letter E's and put them in a brownie pan. I had a student open them up and pass them out. I don't think he got it at first..a few of them didn't. I don't think they thought their teacher could be so funny. After the letters were all passed out I began passing out the real brownies I had baked the night before. It was a win-win. I got a great laugh, and my students got the brownies!

He was being clever and ripped off the paper to make it look like a big bite.

This weeks number three is our Two Teacher Friends Facebook page. I have to admit, I am so very anxious. We are almost to 500 likes! To me, that is a very big deal. (We really only have 318, but who's counting! Each day we are closer to 500!! Can you tell my glass is always half full?!)

We only need 182 more!

This week we had a field trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway---home of the Indianapolis 500. This was our first trip to the IMS. We got to learn a lot and see a lot of great Indiana history. We loved seeing all the cars in the museum! Here are some pictures of the trip....    

Kissing the Yard of Bricks
Sack Lunches!
Just a quick selfie with the track behind us

This is Easter weekend. My number 5 is going out to family. No matter where you are, what you have planned/or not planned, no matter what nationality you are, or what is or is not being celebrated in your home, I hope you get to spend it with family and friends. I hope it is restful. I hope it is pretty outside-sunny and just the right temperature. I hope it is everything you want.