Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tried It Tuesday: Movie Maker and BOOK STUDY WINNER!

Ladies and gents I can not tell you how ready I am for summer.  One more day.  ONE MORE DAY.  It's not even because the kids are done but because I have had so much to do these last two days that I would really like my life back, lol.  Today I'm linking up with the wonderful Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday!

This past weekend I spent the majority of my time trying to make our 5th grade video in Movie Maker.  Now, it was quite easy when I just put in the photos for my homeroom class, the difficult part (and more so because of my OCDness than anything else) was making sure that every class had a fair amount of pictures, what order they were in, etc.  Then we had some music difficulty but once I made Movie Maker compatible with Windows 7 (not the Windows 8 I have... don't ask) it worked!  And after all that hard work, I played it this morning in front of EVERYONE at the award ceremony and... it skipped and jumped around and everything else that happens when it works perfectly on your computer but not when it matters most, lol.  I think it was just the projector we used because on the computer in our room when we watched it again later it worked just fine.  As long as the kids got to see the "pretty version" I'm happy :o)

These are the songs that I used.  I started out peppy and then the songs got a little more sad and tugging at the heart strings.

Beginning of the Year: "I've got a feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas
LEGOLAND - "Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts
Mud Walk - "Celebrate" by Kool and the Gang
Science Center - "Firework" by Katy Perry
Field Day - "Home" by Philip Phillips
Good Times - "So Long" by Zooey Deschanel (Winnie the Pooh Soundtrack) and "Time of Our Lives" by Tyrone Wells

Now for the big winner of this summer's Book Study!  Drumroll..........................

WORD NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!
I want to thank everyone for their votes and support!  If you are interested in hosting a chapter please leave your email in the comments section or you can email me personally and I will compile a list and send out a google docs form that you can fill out with the chapter you would like to host!  I'm very excited!!!!  Don't forget to link up with Holly for Tried It Tuesday and check out what everyone is trying today!


  1. Hey Sabra! I am your newest follower! I found your blog through Ideas by Jivey's blog. :) I am curious about the book study?!?! How does that work? The book sounds really interesting!

    Mind Sparks

    1. Hey Katie! I'm so glad you found me! I'll send out a Google Doc that has all the chapters and when you should post about them and you would just pick the one you want. Usually one or two people "host" a chapter where you will write a summary/notes about that chapter. I will write up a little blurb about that blogger and send people over to their blog to read/comment on that chapter! I will also be adding a link up section for each chapter because other people who are not hosting like to add in their posts or link up the things they create for a specific chapter. I hope that helps explain it a little! If you have any more questions please feel free to ask or email!


  2. I'm totally in!

    sunnie1978 at gmail dot com

  3. I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So many of my 5th graders wrote on their reading interest surveys that their biggest weakness as a reader was figuring out what words mean!!



  4. I would love to host a chapter as well.


    ~Diving Into Learning

  5. I would love to host a chapter.


    ~Diving Into Learning

  6. This was the first year I didn't do a photo movie. Next year, I must!!
    ideas by jivey
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  7. I would love to host a chapter too! It sounds like an interesting book :) When are you thinking about starting it?

    teaching, life, and everything in between

  8. I would love to host a chapter!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  9. I have made a DVD the past five years for my 4th graders too. I am a Mac girl and use iMovie then iDVD. I am so glad that you shared your songs because I always am looking for new ones to use! I am dreading these next few weeks because I have so much left to do. The video takes me hours upon hours mainly because of my OCD too and I haven't even started it yet (besides keeping pictures in my iPhoto!). Thanks for linking up friend and I am so happy for you to be on a well deserved vacay:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. I was looking for a LA book study for the summer. Just purchased the book and would be willing to host a chapter. I am also doing a book study for Number Talks on my blog.

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  11. Just found your blog, and I would love to participate in the Word Nerds book study! If you need any more chapter hosts, I'd be willing to join. I'm at eberopolisblog at gmail.

    Eberopolis: Teaching Reading & Writing with Technology