Friday, April 24, 2015

April Vacation Week Five For Friday!

Since I've been on vacation this week, I'm hoping to be on time for Doodle Bugs:

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/04/five-for-friday-linky-party-april-24.html



Being on vacation has its perks.  I'm reading a book and doing crossword puzzles!



The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos is a well written story told by two estranged half-sisters.  I've thoroughly enjoyed reading it, too!
I signed up to do my three credit project for the Responsive Classroom course I took last summer:



I chose the Morning Meeting project because I've implemented this in my classroom with much success.  Now I get to write a 5 - 10 page paper about it.



I just bought some products on TPT:


I'm very excited about the 3rd Grade Math product because it was on sale for $5.00 for 5 minutes!  You can check it out here.  One reviewer said this was the best product she's ever bought on TPT!






On Tuesday I took my father to the oncologist, the orthopedic and the pain clinic.  It was an all day affair.  I was exhausted.  My father, on the other hand, was exhilarated because after waiting over three hours at the pain clinic, his back felt better.  I'm now very thankful that I am healthy.  I never realized how many people were in so much pain.





Today I went to the eye doctor and ordered new glasses!  I wear my glasses every day for several years so this is a BIG deal!  Luckily, there are people to help you pick out glasses.  My new glasses are teal and purple - I'm excited to be able to read without taking off my glasses!

Have a wonderful weekend!




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday!


It's actually Wednesday, and I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo for:

http://secondgradesugarandspice.blogspot.com/2015/04/wordless-wednesday-word-work.html


The author, David Ira Rottenberg, visited our school, and I bought two of his books. This is my latest "autographed by the author" book:


Do you collect books that are autographed by the author? 


Friday, April 17, 2015

Five For Friday For A Fast Week!


 Hello there!  Thanks for stopping in to check out what we've accomplished this week!  This is why I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for:

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/04/fivefor-friday-linky-party-april-10th.html


On Tuesday, we went on a trolley tour of Woburn which was generously paid for by the Woburn Historical Society!

We got picked up at school on these trolleys:






Our first stop was the antique water station at Horn Pond:



We got to learn how Woburn pumped the ground water.  Check out the old wrenches and the old scale.  Horn Pond was also home to an ice farm.  Before refrigeration, the kids learned that ice was harvested and shipped so that people could keep their food cold.


We stopped in Woburn center and saw all the War Memorials.  Since we have studied colonial history and the Revolutionary War, I focused on that memorial:






We visited the Woburn Historical Society where artifacts of various wars are displayed.  The kids and I enjoyed learning all about Sargeant Stubby:


We drove by Count Rumford's house.  Count Rumford invented the coffee percolator and an over roaster.






Many thanks to the Woburn Historical Society for sharing their knowledge of all things Woburn!  We learned so much about Woburn's history and had an amazing time seeing all the sites!  They even gave each student a certificate, goody bag and a book about Woburn's history! 

Happy Weekend!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Five For Friday on Sunday - Again!

I'm happy to finally link up with Doodle Bugs for:

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/04/five-for-friday-linky-party-april-3rd.html


We started learning about fractions!


 After all these years, I think I've finally discovered the best way to teach fractions on a number line.  It's a tough concept to grasp, but I'm hoping that drawing the rectangles (as shown above) might make the process a bit more visual.
 We had a total blast with Kahoot!  We even played student created Kahoot games!



 The question above is a public Kahoot.  That Bryan's Mom on the bottom right - she helped out while I took these pictures!



 Speaking of Bryan's Mom, she brought in these hats for the kids to decorate for Bryan's birthday:





 We're working on the rough drafts of our "Hand Adjective" paragraphs.  Here's an example from last year:




You can check out this free activity here.


On a personal note, my 82 year old father has been having excruciating back pain, and I've been taking him to the Emergency Room and a Pain Clinic.  Last Friday (we had a half day to make up one of our snow days), I had just gotten home when the phone rang.  When we arrived the Emergency Room, we got an amazing Physician's Assistant, Shannon, who ordered every type of test available.  Well, my father has a new fracture in his spine and a mass on his lung.  This isn't necessarily good news, but we just wanted to find out the reason for all these ER visits so we can get my father some pain relief.  Tomorrow (Sunday), his 2nd fracture is being filled with "cement" - which will hopefully help with the pain.




Here's my father at Deer Island!  

Happy Easter and Happy Passover!  Have a wonderful week!





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