I'm Going to Do This EVERY YEAR!

What's that, you ask?

Schedule a field trip the day before Spring Break.


It was that awesome!

Instead of trying to teach contain 25 eager little beavers crazy kids who were all itching for a break for 6 hours, I could sit back and watch. 

I think we were ALL ready for a break.

A break from each other.

This field trip?

Well, it was a trip out to a nature center in a neighboring town.  We go there twice a year and this was our spring trip.  We had two sessions.  One session was all about birds.  We learned about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.  We learned about raptures, wing spans, characteristics and adaptations of birds and so much more in this session.  I would probably sound a lot smarter here if I taught science.  But, seeing as I haven't taught science in over 8 years, I'm kinda just an observer to these lessons :)  I was so impressed with how much my students knew...so kudos to my partner teacher!!!

Our second session was all about animal tracks in the woods.  The students played detectives trying to determine which "specimen" belonged to which animal.

My favorite moment of the day came when I was sitting with a cute bunch of my boys.  The instructor was telling them all about how they can find evidence in the woods that an animal had been there.  You know where this is leading, right?  After going through imprints of paws, etc., fur, feathers, etc., she started talking about poo.  Yep.  You KNOW fourth graders are going to love this, right? 

So she says, "Oh, and we've come to my favorite word, scat." 

One of my boys says, "That's her favorite word?  Man."  {insinuating that the woman should get out more...}

I started laughing, all 4 boys started laughing.  It was a total giggle-fest.  I felt myself in my students' shoes.  You know, when I say something kinda lame.  They laugh, can't stop.  Well, I guess I "get" it.

Which leads me to my question.

What is the lamest thing you've said in front of your class that you wish you could take back?  (Make sure you comment below.)

I'm going to think on mine on my drive to Garden City, SC.  {near Myrtle Beach}  'Cause you know why...Spring Break is FINALLY here and I'm beach bound-baby.

I'm spending the first half of the week in Garden City with my BFF and Josh Groban partner-in-crime.  {Which, by-the-way, that may be my next few posts...my explanation of my fascination with the man...seeing as I'll probably not have anything teacher-inspired for you...is that OK?}  The second half of the week, I'm going to visit my dear friends {and parents to my newest Goddaughter} who just moved to Wilmington, NC.  I can't wait to see their new home and to visit them and my Goddaughter. 

Hey- don't forget that tomorrow is the last day for my giveaway.  (Click on the word to take you to that post).  Make sure you enter :)


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  2. Oops, made a booboo in the first comment! I have said SOO many lame things to my 5th graders. I am constantly sticking my foot in my mouth. The worst one was when I was talking about gravity in science and I was using tennis balls as an example. I kept talking about the "fuzz on the balls" and didn't realize what I was saying until they all started laughing at me! I am sure I turned beet red. Haha!

    Loose Shoelaces

  3. I LOVE North Carolina. I live in NY and every time I go there I think of how I just want to move there!!! It's gorgeous!

  4. Yes...field trips before any kind of break is fabulous!!! We had our Spring field trip yesterday, and are on Easter break next week. We do the same thing in the fall around our fair holiday (which happens around the time the rest of the country celebrates Columbus Day!! :)

    I say lame stuff on a regular basis--unfortunately!

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn

  5. yikes, I've probably said a gazillion lame things, I'll have to think on that!

    We've been going on a fieldtrip the day before April vacation the past couple of years (our salmon release!) and I agree, it is the best! I can't wait to do this again this year!

    Happy spring break at the beach!!!