A broken flash drive, Cinderella, and pumpkins!

Seriously, STOP THE WORLD.  My USB flash drive has stopped working, and I am freaking out!  Last night, when the Mr. was trying to fix it, he said, "This doesn't look good."  And, sure enough, it's not good!  I can't get it to connect to any computer :(.  The worst thing is.... my whole life is on that stinkin' thing (clip art, my files, files I've saved from blogstalking, lesson plans, activities, oh and... EVERYTHING!)  The Mr. proceeded to say, "You've backed everything up though, right?"

UMMMM... how about NO!  I mean, I backed all my stuff up at the very end of last year, but anything made or saved since then is gone.  

I may be being a little dramatic, but I am seriously stressed.  Hopefully, I can find a techy to rescue me!

Anyways, I wanted to share a few things we've done this week in Language Arts.  We are comparing/contrasting different Cinderella stories all week.

Yesterday, we read the traditional Cinderella.  My kiddos made watches to show how Cinderella changed throughout the story.  It's really hard to see in the picture, but on the left part of the watch band, they wrote about Cinderella in the beginning of the story.  On the right, they wrote how Cinderella changed at the end of the story.  In the middle (face of the watch) they drew/colored a picture from the story.

Download watch pattern {HERE}



Today, we read "Cindy Ellen," a western version of Cinderella.  After reading the story and discussing the differences/similarities between the two stories, I introduced letter writing to my kiddos (very briefly).  Then, they wrote a letter to the stepsisters.  Some of them turned out really cute, while others just wrote "Don't be mean" in 10 different ways, ha!

We copied our final drafts onto boot shaped paper to display in the hallways!  These 2 letters cracked me up!



Also, I can't wait to show my kiddos these pictures!  We (my hubby, some friends, and myself) went to the Dallas Arboretum, and they had a HUGE pumpkin display in the theme of Cinderella.  We had so much fun with all of the pumpkins....

Cinderella Pumpkins

Cinderella village... 

Her carriage {originally made from a pumpkin, of course ;)} 

Her glass slipper... 

I probably wasn't supposed to take it off the chair, but I couldn't resist, ha! 

One of the pumpkin cottages

These aren't really Cinderella, but I do love the pumpkins....


If you live in the Dallas area, you have to check it out!  I love fall at the Arboretum... they also have a really great old town Texas display that is wonderful!    

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know how you feel...my laptop "died" over the weekend and I lost EVERYTHING... Augh! Good luck!

bnwalton said...

Umm, I can TOTALLY relate to your flash drive stressing. Like you, my entire life is on my flash drive. I a few (read: hardly any) things backed up and I have no idea what on earth I would do if something happens to it. Good luck, I hope a techie can help you. There's gotta be a way to retrieve that information!

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Sunny said...

I learned my lesson about the flash drive thing a few years ago. I now always have about 3 copies of anything REALY important because I'm paranoid about losing it all again. I hope someone can recover it!

I ♥ Cindy Ellen. It's my favorite of the Cinderella stories.

Jennifer D said...

I lost my "school" flash drive this weekend. I have been sick about it for 2 days. It had 7 SMARTBoard math lessons on it as well as . . . God knows what else. That's at least 7 hours of my life down the drain. I feel your pain. My computer-tech-husband looked at me and said, "I can't do anything for a lost flash drive."

Hope King said...

We have ALL learned that lesson the hard way! I'm so sorry, friend! I am sure that someone can rescue the flash drive! ;)

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Fitbecky said...

Sorry Amy about your flash drive. That happened to me too a few years back. Our school techs said I was out of luck. Ever since, I rarely use a flash drive anymore. I now use dropbox. Your Cinderella project is too cute!

Courtney said...

Sorry to hear about your flash drive. I am so excited about the Cinderella stuff you posted. Our second grade does a switch day where the kids rotate to different classes and this year we are doing Cinderella. Thank you!

Miss C said...

Have you read Cinder Edna yet? Read it to my second graders today, we are working on writing our own fairy tale! And they looooved that version! :)

D. Mastandrea said...

Same thing happened to me a week before school started. I was devistated. If you feel your hard work is worth $200, then you need to go to flashdrivepros.com They only charge you if it can be fixed. I was overjoyed that mine was fixable and I got it back within 2 weeks. You can pay more to have it back sooner. They have a facebook page also with a lot of reviews. You fill out the order form online and then send the flashdrive in..it is that easy. They didn't even charge my credit card until it was actually fixed..SAVED MY LIFE!!!

California Wife said...

Oh no, I feel your pain on the flash drive thing... when moving schools over the summer I saved eveything on a flash drive to bring my documents to my new school with me. One random day over the summer, it just completely stopped working and I LOST EVERYTHING. Unfortunately after a hysterical call to Best Buy, I learned that at best they can retrieve pictures, but not documents. I was devastated, losing school stuff is the ABSOLUTE worst feeling. I'm so sorry!

S. Parker said...

I read my Kinders Fairly Fairy Tales today. The text is very simple but it is great for comparing and contrasting. You should check it out. You'll be inspired.

Christine Quiroga said...

Have you read the book Cinderhazel? It's a Halloween version of Cinderella that I love to use for comparing and contrasting with my kindergarteners. Can't do it this year because I have a student who does not celebrate holidays :(

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Stacie said...

I just discovered your blog the other day and I LOVE it!! Sorry about your flash drive... :0( I have been using dropbox (www.dropbox.com) for about 2 years and I LOVE it!! It's like a virtual hard drive that you can load on your home puter and school puter and the files are on both! I love it b/c I can start working on something at home and finish at school or vice versa. You get 2gb free and you gain more space by inviting more people to join. I hope this might be a solution for you... :0)

Ryan S said...

Amy,

About your broken flash drive... FlashDrivePros.com is a data recovery company that will recover your files for free if you blog about your experience afterward. Just call or email them and say that Ryan said to do the job for free. I'll let them them know you might be calling. :)

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Anonymous said...

I love all your creative activities for Cinderella. I am working on a folktales unit for teaching in December, and I plan to do the create your own slipper. Thanks for sharing your ideas....I follow you on Pinterest too!

Hadar said...

Oh my goodness!!! My computer is completely virused, I can't even use it anymore! Thankfully I had the sense to back up all of my files when I first noticed it being fishy! I would be SO upset if I lost everything! Oh, and I stupidly forgot to back up all of my downloaded fonts so I'm going to have a ton of fun downloading them all again if I cant get them back! Thank goodness for font kinky parties! Haha oy! Auto correct!! Linky parties, NOT kinky parties!!

K. Kep said...

Hi! You're problem might already be solved but if not check out Disk Doctors! My external hard drive crashed this past year and I FREAKED out. Took it all over KC and no one could do anything. However...the disk doctors could! :) Sent my drive off. I bet they recovered about 90% of my stuff. (diskdoctors.com) Cost quite a bit to get the job done buuut I would have given my right arm if they'd asked!

Nannie Salyards said...

A broken and inoperative USB is definitely a serious problem, especially if you don’t have any back-up. Good thing you still have some of the photos. And I definitely like the two letters to Cinderella’s stepsisters! The statement about the Golden rule cracked me up! Haha. Anyway, be sure to have some back-up of your work all the time. Things like this can delay your work.

Ruby said...

Awww! Few things are more frustrating than losing months’ worth of files because of a broken flash drive. That’s why online backup storages are so valuable these days, especially as files become larger and larger. With them, at least you know your files are safely stored on the Internet. Anyway, I hope you were able to have your flash drive fixed.

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