Zoo Scavenger Hunt, Chirp, & Five for Friday

Long time, no blog! We have two weeks left and I'm feelin' the burn. I'm exhausted!!!

Here's a peek into my week: 

We went on our big 2nd grade field trip of the year to the zoo!

We mapped out our routes:

Rode the bus:

Riding on the bus with 60+ second graders

And had a great time! (Did I mention I'm exhausted...!?!?!) 

Each group got to take an iPad with them to take pictures (they had a scavenger hunt so they were looking for specific things to take pictures of.) 

When we got back, the kids used the app Chirp to share the pictures with the other members of their group, so everyone would have the pictures on their iPads (in order to create an iMovie). 

Chirping was WAAAyyyyy easier than sharing the pictures through email or Bumping them! It's quick and user friendly!!!

We've also been working on our last writing assignment of the year- informational writing about American heroes!

I seriously LOVE this time of year when we can look back and see where my kiddos started with their writing, and see how much they've grown!!! #soproud

Anyways, this writing aligns perfectly with our 2nd grade performance coming up- "Heroes All"; thanks Kate for recommending this to us!!!

In other news...

I'm still alive (barely) ;) and young if you were wondering...

And finally, we randomly {spur of the moment} booked a cruise for the summer to........


I'm so excited!

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Have a great weekend ! :)


  1. How neat that the children got to take pictures on the ipad on their field trip! I had my 1st field trip bus ride this year and it was crazy loud! So glad I don't have to do that every day!

    The Polished Teacher

  2. I enjoyed reading your post. You will LOVE Alaska. I spent two summers in Anchorage and if the weather was like that all year round, I would be living there now. Take Care

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

  3. Sandy - We went on a cruise to Alaska on our 10 year anniversary...it was so amazing. You will LOVE it so much!!!! I can't wait to hear all about it. YOur picture on the bus made me laugh because we take our kids to the Wild Animal Park and I HATE the bus sooo much! LOL

  4. Our first graders go to the zoo. I love your use of technology in your field trip. I may be taking that idea with me. Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  5. I am so jealous about your Alaska cruise!! I can't wait to hear about it. By the way, I HATE bus rides!! I get super car sick and a major headache!!

  6. ipads for pictures! How lucky are your kids?! A trip to the zoo sounds like fun to me. I took my kinders fishing. Water, fish hooks and five year olds. What was I thinking? Glad you had a great time!

  7. Sandy,

    I had to chuckle at your picture of yourself on the bus. It inspired a post on my blog today about the sanity strategy I use for the ride home from our field trips.


  8. I'm glad to hear you are alive and that you are young....priceless. Yes, bus rides are not my favorite... which seems to be the common thread.

    Have fun in Alaska!

    Crayons and Whimsy

  9. Summer cruise to Alaska? Yes, please! Enjoy every moment!

    The Teaching Thief