Life is better with Friends the May Edition


This is for the birds! Common phrase, that sends chills down my spine. I am TERRIFIED of birds. Freaked.  This is because a student and I were attacked by a pair of emus and lived to tell about it. I know! Scary for me and horrifying for the second grader that got attacked right alongside me. It was a sneak attack.... we never saw it coming!

Do you see those cute little emus on the cover of those books??????? Yeah, real cute.... Here's what happened.  For years a petting zoo came to my old school without incident.  But one year in particular, a student and I were in the pen, petting goats, laughing, and having fun...

7 year old: "Let's go pet the big birds." (The Emus)

Me:  No way! Have you lost your mind little girl? Birds are unpredictable. You can't tell if they like you or want to peck out your eyes!  

Me: Sure {inner freak out and deep breathing}

7 year old: Let's hug the emus! My mom will take a picture!

Me: Crap Sure!

As I barely hug the emu, it looks at me intently and seems to love my jacket.  His head seems to bob and weave with my every move. Now, I am afraid of birds, so I was trying not to be paranoid.  I was pretty sure I was seeing things.  This bird is not checking out my rack? Right?

7 year old begins to laugh and shake her hair around. {The hair shaking is important.} She has her hair in about a million braids with bright colorful beads at the end of each braid. Both birds look at each other. Then they both look at us.  

That is when it happened!

They attacked us! 

My bird began pecking at the buttons on my jacket like he had a minute to win it.  Her bird went after the beads.  There was screaming, flapping, crying, wailing, and the little girl was even worse than me.

I don't really remember anything that after the  "Birds Gone Wild" incident. I think I remember the petting zoo people pulling the birds off of us, and I think I remember teaching math later that day. 

I am pretty sure the mom complained because that petting zoo never came back . Fine by me for sure!

Tell me I am not alone. Birds freak you out too... right????

You know after a story like that, I had to do something with birds!  We are doing life cycles right now. We are also reading the stories Butterfly and  The Surprise Family  so I cooked this up for our class tree. 

Click the picture below and watch something MAGICAL happen!!!!

This is a freebie, and it is waiting for you at TpT! Help yourself if you need a little somethin' somethin' to help you teach about the birds and the bees.... wait wrong lesson... birds, life cycles, and nouns. 
Life is so so so much better with friends! These friends to be exact! We are up too late (for our own goods) chatting and creating classroom materials to make your life easier.  This month's giveaway is fabulous! 

Click each pic, follow, and comment for a chance to win. Oh, and did you see those cute birds in the graphic?  We seem to have a bird theme with today's post. Let me tell you each of us has a "bird" story to share. Oh yes, that's right a bird story.... Don't we all have a bird story? This group of friends either loves them, are freaked by them, or have had an encounter worth reading about! Click a pick to head on over. 

Growing Firsties
Fluttering Through First Grade



I got my "Baby Fix" with my niece!
Bugging out! I am not a real fan of bugs either... but I have never been attacked by a ladybug, so I am OK... Here are our Compound Ladybugs. These are super fun, cute, and require no tracing! PTL I hate tracing.

I know the picture is upside down... I can't fix it :0(  But the project looks amazing hanging from a laundry line!

 The back is academic as well! You know I have to make my "art smart"  !

Link back up with Doodle Bugs by clicking her graphic below!


  1. Birds are terrifying!! My mom made me watch the Alfred Hitchcock movie... as if I needed MORE of a reason to fear birds!
    Your niece is so cute! I just had a visit with mine this past weekend. She's one month old now and so sweet and cuddly!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

  2. Love the fancy picture demo!! :) Totally get the bird phobia...I've had 2 different seagull incidents at Sea World. One swiped my delicious churro right out of my hands and the other knocked me upside my head to eat the fish I bought to feed the dolphins! I mean, it WAS like 12 years ago, but STILL!! Seagulls are mean! :(


  3. Love everything here, especially the baby pic! So sweet! Such a pleasure to be your friend!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  4. Soooooo not a bird fan either! Great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. That was a funny bird story!

  6. Love the ladybugs! Too cute!

  7. The ladybugs are so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Friday!
    Three Cheers for First Grade!

  8. I live in Australia. Emus ARE scary!!

  9. That is the funniest stinkin' story! I am laughing so hard...not at you, but with you in the nervous tension of crazy, unpredictable bird! Animals in general! I held an armadillo last night, not only that raced one! All kinds of crazy thoughts running through my head! I'll be posting about it later!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  10. What a story! I will be screaming too!

  11. Holy moly what a story! I am laughing on the outside right now but would have been screaming on the inside. Great giveaway!

  12. My sister is also TERRIFIED of birds! After your emu experience, I would be too though! Great giveaway!


  13. Yikes! You are one dedicated teacher! I'm pretty sure I would have passed seeing the emus onto another teacher :)


  14. I'm officially scared of Emus now! Haha. Not all emus are attack birds though, right?! They're just so cute! Thanks for the great story and the wonderful giveaway as well!


  15. have a dove that comes back every year and builds a nest under back porch. driving my husband crazy. Great giveaway.

  16. Birds don't bother me so far!

  17. I have birds that nest on my front porch every year and they are notorious for dive bombing anyone that comes to the door. Great if it is a door to door salesman, not so hot when it is your dear friend whose head gets grazed by the whacko birds!

    1. Oops---forgot the email

  18. OMG you need to read my Five for Friday from this week. Number 4 details my fear of birds and my upcoming field trip to a birds of prey show!! So scary!


    Primary Buzz

  19. You crack me up! Ducks are the worst! They will follow and attack looking for bread at the park. Ugh. And my sweet kids (personal ones) want to feed them and get close...until one is pecked and then all heck breaks loose. I'm not a duck fan...Except maybe Duck Dynasty...

    Collaboration Cuties

  20. Oh my goodness I could eat up your precious niece...I love babies. Birds freak me out too so don't worry. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  21. Ha! I'm not a bird fan either. I was walking one day and these geese almost flew right into my head!

  22. Birds freak me out too! I thought I was the only one. (Ironically, I have a 30% interest in a craft company that specializes in customized bird houses.) This story had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt.


  23. Katie Girl...I love ya to bits! You ALWAYS make me laugh! :)

  24. Wow, talk about birds gone wild!

  25. Can't stand birds! Sorry the emus attacked!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  26. I get my baby fix from my new nephew, Dallas. He's a month old!! Love him!!


  27. Birds... *shudder* We've had issues with birds swooping students and staff at our school for the last 2 years. I'm dreading August/September this year when it'll all start up again.

    Also, I had my baby fix, too! My bestie came over last weekend and I got to spend 2 hours with her gorgeous little girl!

    Miss Galvin Learns

  28. Not a fan of birds either but it's more b/c I feel like they're really dirty. I soooo need a baby fix.

  29. Birds have always creeped me out! I think it is their beady little least you got to hold an adorable baby!
    Sweet Tea and Second Grade

  30. Ok- I am getting a little creeped out by all these bird stories. haha I am not afraid of birds but my coworker is totally freaked out by them. I have had to go into her room on several occasions to rid her room of a bird. Carol

  31. I hate when the sea gulls try to steal your food at the beach!

  32. I'm your newest follower! Oh my glad I found you! :o)

    jennkeys @ gmail . com

  33. I couldn't even imagine that happening to me. WOW.

  34. We have chickens at my house! And a new "follower"...a chicken HAWK who will sit on my fence ( we now call it the "observation deck" ) and watch my chickens play! (I wonder what he is thinking...fried, baked, or grilled?) HAHA wendy 1stgradefireworks

  35. I always liked ladybugs, too. But my best friend's daughter was playing with the oriental ladybugs and they found out she is highly allergic. Who would have thought?

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  36. I love getting a baby fix.
    My Second Sense

  37. Oh goodness.....How in the heck were you able to teach math after being attacked by an Emu? I think I would've had to go home! Yikes! Glad you survived.


  38. What an amazing story, one that can be shared for a long time.


  39. Attacked by emus?!?!? Oh my word! I am shuttering just thinking about that!!!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  40. Oh my goodness, Emus are creepy anyway, and being attacked by them- OMG. Creepy things. I don't think I would have wanted that petting zoo to come back to my school either!

    I'm getting my baby fix with my friend Laura's baby Vanessa. She will be 2 weeks old tomorrow! :-) I am loving on her since it seems like I will never have one of my own!

    Blooming In First

  41. I personally do not like birds-- they just seem to poop everywhere! Sorry for the grossness! There were these 2 beautiful sandhill cranes in my driveway and my boys and I were watching intently from our car because we didn't want to scare them (like we were in some wild safari or something LOL) and as we are watching these pretty birds walk across our driveway, one takes a big crap on my driveway! LOL! Anyhow, I am a new follower on your blog and love it already! If you get chance, please stop by my blog and say Hello!

    First Grade and Flip Flops

  42. The only birds that are a nuisance for me are seagulls - those sky rats sometimes made it hard when my kids were little to really enjoy the beach. Either they were darting in to see if there was food or dropping poop on us.


  43. I used to have the bus entrance cross walk duty post and the black crows had a next in the tree next to the walk. Of course, I was attacked for my hair, which was pretty long. After a few days of this, I got smart and got a hat!

  44. My cat sometimes leaves feathered presents for me on the doormat. One day, when I was off work recovering from surgery, she was at the door with a bird in her mouth. She dashed in the front door and deposited the bird under a small table. I shooed the cat out and then went to move the table to pick up the bird and it flew into the bathroom. It was only stunned. I then spent a lot of time trying to get the bird to fly out the bathroom window as the cat climbed back in the window. Eventually the bird flew out but my cat kept checking out the bathroom for the next few days thinking that birds were now living in it. Linda

  45. I LOVE these bird stories! So, so, so funny! I'm thankful I don't have a fear of birds although I do think bats are kind of creepy! Thanks for another month of an awesome giveaways!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  46. These bird stories are cracking me up! I love your cute ladybug craft!

  47. I love the bird book!

    Rebecca Thompson


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