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What a week ~ Five For Friday!

Every week seems to fly by when we're working so hard!  We learned a LOT last week so I'm looking forward to linking up with Doodle Bugs!

Morning Messages

I try to make my Morning Messages as relevant and educational as possible:


My students (mainly the girls) and I had fun wearing mismatched socks on World Down Syndrome Day:

At Morning Meeting, we had a meaningful discussion of visible and invisible disabilities.
Non-Fiction Text Features

When I explained that we would all be making our own Non-Fiction Text Feature poster, several kids exclaimed, "We already did this!"  Immediately upon passing out the headings, someone asked, "What's a caption?"  It just goes to prove how much we need to spiral back and review:

That turkey sandwich from Time For Kids looks so delicious!

Book Recommendations

If you're looking for a fun and humorous book, you definitely need to read:

Click on book to read more at Amazon.

The donkey insists on misusing the verb, "to be."  The kids LOVED this book, and sometimes, you just need a book to make everyone happy ~ in addition, to reviewing helping verbs!

I also started reading this chapter book during snack:

Click on book for more details.

First, Clementine and her family live right in Boston; they visit the "Make Way For Ducklings" statues in the Public Garden ~ all in the first chapter!  The class field trip is to Plymouth Plantation!  This is a perfect read-aloud to spiral back to review the Pilgrims, and it's a fun book, too!

Giveaway/#Spring Back In

I'm taking part in a giveaway.  Click here to enter!

Also, there's a hashtag sale at TPT:  #springbackin ~ all products are $3.00.  I've included this product:


It's marked down to $3.00!  Please check out the sale and other Five For Fridays!


Enjoy the wonderful weekend!

Show and Tell ~ March Edition!

Spring is here!  The snow is starting to melt as the sun gets stronger!  To make things even better, I'm linking up with Forever in Fifth Grade for:


World Down Syndrome Day and #LOTSOFSOCKS

The third grade students at school made a Sock Wall in the hallway to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day:

Click here to read more.

 Rosemary Wells' Visit to my Local Library

I loved hearing Rosemary Wells at my local library.  She spoke about how she makes her illustrations which are amazing. 

I even bought a book that she signed!

Morning Message Board on Pinterest

I created a Morning Message board on my Pinterest.  Click here to see more messages.  Here are my latest messages:

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you're enjoying spring wherever you are!  Make sure to visit Forever in Fifth Grade!

Better Late Than Never ~ Five For Friday ~ Finally!

I'm finally linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five For Friday!

Morning Messages

Last week we had a snow day due to a nor'easter.  In addition, we wrapped up our chapter on landforms and focused on suffixes in spelling:

How to Brush Your Teeth

Last week the kids started to share their "how to" paragraphs:

We recently wrapped up our "Expert Book" unit so the kids are choosing to continue with writing chapter books that include a cover and an about the author page!

Front Row

In Computer Lab, the kids have been enjoying Front Row:

Front Row   is free and includes a huge variety of ELA and Math activities.  Even better, the kids LOVE doing this!  If you've never heard of it, check it out here.

Here's a close-up of a measurement question:


Lost Tooth Traditions and Stories

Last week the kids began writing about a time they lost a tooth.  The stories are quite extraordinary, too!

First, we read this great book:

Click on the cover for more details on Amazon.

We love learning what other kids do when they lose a tooth.  Let's just say that several countries have tooth "rats!"


March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (click here to read the original post).  The best part = wearing unmatched, colorful socks!  How fun!

Make sure to use the hashtag #LOTSOFSOCKS!

Also, make sure to visit Doodle Bugs for more:


If you decide to participate in #LOTSOFSOCKS, I'd love to hear about it!  Have a wonderful week!

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